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Goodwill Italy??

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Hey everyone,

Is there an equivalent to our Goodwill here in America in Italy?

The wife and I love to thrift together are planning a trip this year to Italy. We thought it would be fun to visit thrift stores in the different cities we visit.

Does anyone know what I should be looking for? What a thrift store is called in Italian? And whether I am wasting my time?

I am not looking for these 'vintage' boutiques, we want to visit real thrift stores.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I'm actually not sure, but Ive been to Emmaus (Emmaüs) in France and that is an international organisation with affiliated stores in Italy. http://emmaus-international.org/index.php?lang=english The store I've been to in Thonon, France has quite alot of furniture, clothing, dishware, (french) books and ski paraphernalia (It is in/near a large ski region). Some is in pitiful some in better condition. My mothers greatest finds include several cupboards/closets (a) table(s) and last but not least a verry nice cast-iron oval French oven, for me (actually she bought two, but that's another story). Im sure she bought much more. I don't know if you will be as lucky as i was (last year I bought a verry nice flashbacktotheeighties ski overal) but it's a start. CDFS
 

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Thanks for the suggestion, anyone else know about thrifting in Italy?
 

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In 2001, I worked in Milan for a summer. There were few fantastic stores that I might not consider thrift but more like a Filene's Basement, imagine a FB in Milan. The problem was they weren't chains and I don't think there were any sort of identifying characteristics to let you know they were discounted last year merchandise type establishments. I can give you this advice, however, if you are going to be in Milan, see if you can't find out when their big flea market is. They have several flea market type things throughout the week, its a popular way to buy your groceries, but there is a big one each week that focuses less on food and more on clothing and such.
 

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In my town, and others I've visited, charity/thrift shop don't generally go with the public. Vintage-y store, yes, in more cosmo places, milan, firenze, etc. I have discussed this with Italians as it's very different to my UK charity shopping experiences in the past. Generally they put it down to Italians being quite 'snob' as they say. Wearing others' cast-offs? Vafan....!!!
Some 'vintage' shops may cross-over, naturally: if it's not a 'carita' shop, they are less inclined to rule it out, probably. Good luck hunting.
 

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