Best Kept Secret: Uff Charity Shops in Finland

Had I known there was a second hands clothes store - a wonderful, fabulous charity shop, no less - around the corner from my hotel in Helsinki, I would have saved some room in my suitcase, or maybe in my snowboard bag. But this would have brought with it a new risk; that of NewMan opening up one of said luggage receptacles and questioning why I deemed a 1980s red polka dot silk shirt complete with shoulder pads as suitable attire for the Arctic Circle.

So, that's why I didn't buy anything from this well-organised, reasonably priced, fantastic cause-following second hand clothes store with the brilliant name Uff. They have six shops in Helsinki, two in Tampere, one in Turku and one in Lahti. Profits from their clothes recycling efforts support development projects in Africa and India while also significantly reducing clothes and fabric waste in Finland.

Here are my photos and here's their website in English so you can seek them out should you ever be in one of these fine Finnish cities. I know I will.

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before starting a family with her Australian partner. Frankie is the author of three short story collections, and is a freelance writer for travel and creative brands. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her two young sons around Amsterdam.
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