One person’s junk, another’s treasure
by Ariane Senécal
In the land of IKEA, one finds many stylish, affordable items to furnish an apartment or decorate a student room. But Lund also has a good number of second-hand shops with quality used items – you just might find a barely scratched Billy bookcase at half-price! Profits usually go to a noble cause. Beware, most have odd opening hours that can vary without warning and some are a bit tricky to find.
Erikshjälpen – The granddaddy of second-hand stores in Lund, probably the largest, definitely the best known, but not always the cheapest (compared to others in this list). Clothes, books, linen, furniture, kitchen accessories, electronics, the occasional piano. Open Tues-Thurs 11-18 Sat 11-15. Stora Södergatan 25.
Amnesty – Small shop but great prices and kind volunteers. A bit of everything except big pieces of furniture – great for kitchen accessories, including nice collector plates that could serve as souvenirs. Tues-Fri 16-18 Sat 10-14. Bredgatan 8.
Lions Club – Usually no price tags so ok to bargain, but probably unnecessary as the nice attendant will certainly suggest reasonable prices. Lots of random items of varying quality in a friendly mess; basement full of linen and clothing, ask. Hours subject to change, recently Wed-Fri 13-17:30 Sat 10-17:15 (check whiteboard on right hand side as you enter the courtyard or sign on shop door). Lilla Fiskaregatan 4.
Uggleboden – Great opening hours but staff not as forthcoming as in other shops. Lots of clothing and linen, children‟s items, kitchenware, books, a few electronics, no large furniture. Mon-Fri 10-18. Råbygatan 17.
Humana – Clothing and accessories only, usually of high quality but with higher prices. Feels more like a vintage shopthan other second hands. Mon-Fri 11-18 Sat 11-15. Bankgatan 15a.
Röda Korset Kupan – Party wear and vintage clothing and accessories. Might be good to check out if you suddenly require evening wear. Mon-Thurs 12-16 Fri 14-18 Sat 10-14. Tullgatan 14.
Svalorna – A bit of everything over two floors, quite near Spoletorp residence. Really limited hours, but check it out if you’re in the neighbourhood! Tues 15-19 Thurs & Sat 10-15. Spolegatan 5 (entrance through the courtyard at #7).
Note Malmö also has its fair share of second-hand shops, but in our experience these are harder to reach from Lund without a vehicle – and we don’t mean a bike!
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