Thieves Market, Lisbon

The Best Second Hand Furniture Shops in Lisbon

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There’s something irresistible about the narrow, winding streets of Lisbon. The city exudes an ancient allure, but, perhaps more subtly, there’s a treasure trove of second-hand furniture shops waiting to be discovered. So for now, let us forget about the Ikea furniture, if you’re looking to furnish your new home or find a statement piece, this guide on second hand furniture in Lisbon is for you.

Drawing from my personal experiences and recommendations from the Ericeira expats Facebook group I manage, I’ve meticulously curated this list.

My girlfriend, with her taste for vintage finds, instantly pointed out Cantinho do Vintage as her top choice. She’s even acquired a couple of art deco lamps from there. So, here goes…

Cantinho do Vintage / Vintage & Friends

Huge selection at Cantinho do Vintage
Huge selection at Cantinho do Vintage

Stepping into Cantinho do Vintage feels like entering a vast treasure trove of vintage items and history. With two expansive floors dedicated to furniture from various decades and corners of the globe, it’s an emporium for vintage enthusiasts and one of the prominent vintage stores in Lisbon.

What’s Inside: Cantinho do Vintage is a vast vintage store spread over 3 floors with more than 9000 m^2 of exhibition space, located in an industrial/commercial area in Lisbon. It’s filled with furniture from different decades and parts of the world. You’ll find everything from tables and chairs to unique armchairs, all carefully refurbished to be showcased. The collection is the result of numerous trips, searching for timeless and special pieces, with a focus on the best of vintage, industrial, and Nordic style decor.

Why Visit: The store stands out because of the unique character and history behind each item. Whether it’s a piece with a 70’s vibe or something from a different part of the world, there’s a story there. However, keep in mind that the quality and uniqueness of the items mean they can be pricier. Around 80% of the pieces are sourced from places like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and France, focusing on quality materials and unique designs, especially from the 50s and 60s, though you can also find items from the 20s and 30s. The team is always available to share information about the pieces, their origins, and their histories.

R. 25 de Abril Armazém 6, 2685-368 Prior Velho, Portugal, open Tuesday – Friday 10:30 am – 1 pm and 2:30 – 7 pm, Saturday 11 am – 7 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday. Visit the Cantinho do Vintage Website. For more info call +351 929 164 323.

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Feira da Ladra (The Thieves’ Market)

Feira da Ladra
Feira da Ladra

You can’t talk about second hand furniture in Lisbon without mentioning Feira da Ladra, one of the most iconic flea markets in Lisbon. It’s a historical hub that’s been around since the 12th century! Here, you’ll find everything from antique treasures to recent pieces, each with its own tale to tell.

What to expect: It’s a bustling market, filled with vendors eager to share their collections. You might come across a 19th-century ornate mirror, or perhaps a retro 70’s chair. Each visit is a new adventure at this flea market. 

Tips for the best experience: Get there early, especially if you want the best picks. And don’t be afraid to negotiate prices. Remember, it’s all part of the fun!

Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-472 Lisboa, Portugal, open Tuesday and Saturday 9 am – 6 pm. Closed on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Visit the Feira da Ladra Website.

Loja Antiga

A couple of stylish red chairs outside Loja Antiga shop front
A couple of stylish red chairs outside Loja Antiga shop front

Step into Loja Antiga, and you’re instantly greeted by a vast collection that transports you back to the groovy 70s. It’s more than just a store; it’s a curated experience of a vibrant era.  Loja Antiga is a great place for vintage furniture lovers.

What’s inside: With an inventory that boasts some truly beautiful pieces from the 70s, there’s a nostalgic charm to each item. Whether you’re a vintage aficionado or just browsing, the diverse collection beckons. And with prices that are as attractive as the pieces themselves, it’s hard not to get tempted.

Why visit: The soul of Loja Antiga isn’t just in its pieces but also its super friendly owner. Fluent in English and always ready to help, he brings a warmth and personal touch to the shopping experience. Plus, with a negotiable stance on prices, there’s a thrill in finding both a treasure and a deal. If you’re in the mood to haggle, chat, and discover, Loja Antiga is your stop.

R. Damasceno Monteiro 154 A, 1170-113 Lisboa, Portugal, open Tuesday to Saturday and Monday 5 – 7:30 pm. Closed on Sunday. For more info call +351 968 574 482.

And now, venturing beyond Lisbon’s central hub, here are a few noteworthy mentions…

Retalhos De Maria

A dressing table at Retalhos De Maria
A dressing table at Retalhos De Maria

Hidden away in Torres Vedras, a quick jaunt from Lisbon, Retalhos De Maria is a delightful weekend gem that’s worth the detour. Open exclusively on Saturdays, it’s a destination for those in the know and those eager for a unique find.

What’s inside: From charming plates priced at just 1€ and glasses for a mere 0,50€, to statement mirrors at 10€, there’s an array of household items that won’t break the bank. And that’s not all – the store also features a curated selection of furniture, each piece tagged at a reasonable price, beckoning both casual buyers and avid collectors.

Why visit: Beyond the incredibly wallet-friendly prices, the allure of Retalhos De Maria lies in its exclusivity and its unique business hours. Its once-a-week opening adds an air of anticipation and ensures that each visit feels special. However, given its unique schedule, it’s always a good idea to contact the store or check their Facebook page beforehand to confirm their opening times and to see whether their collection aligns with your taste.

Rua Luís de Camões n3 esq Paul Torres Vedras, Portugal, for more info call +351 919 083 407. Visit their Facebook Page. Open on Saturday – Call to confirm! 

Mobilaria Com Historia

Inside Mobilaria Com Historia
Inside Mobilaria Com Historia

Tucked away in the picturesque town of Sintra, Mobilaria Com Historia is aptly named – it truly is a haven of furniture with a rich tapestry of stories to tell. With its sprawling 3500m² space, stepping into this store is like walking into a vast museum of design and history.

What’s inside: A plethora of choices await at Mobilaria Com Historia. From classic to contemporary, each piece is meticulously curated, offering both variety and quality. And the best part? Despite the extensive assortment and high quality, the prices remain refreshingly affordable.

Why visit: Beyond the impressive collection, the atmosphere of the store is enhanced by its impeccable service. Friendly faces are always on hand to guide, advise, or simply chat about the history behind each piece. If you’re in Sintra, and on the hunt for furniture that carries both charm and narrative, a visit to Mobilaria Com Historia is an absolute must.

R. Cerejeiras 42, 2710-632 Sintra, Portugal, open Tuesday to Friday and Monday 10 am – 7 pm, Saturday 9 am – 6 pm. Closed on Sunday. Visit the Mobiliário Com História Website or their Facebook Page. For more info call +351 969 842 445.

Tips for Buying Second Hand Furniture in Lisbon

Ready to dive into the world of second-hand furniture shopping in Lisbon? Great! But before you do, here are some pointers to make your experience smooth and enjoyable.

  • Transport Considerations: Upon finding a hefty oak table, ponder on delivery options. Some shops offer delivery, or consider hiring a local mover.
  • The Art of Bargaining: Engage, show interest, and negotiate amiably to not only secure a good price but enjoy the experience.
  • Maintenance: Post-purchase, upkeep is essential. Regular cleaning, polishing, or occasional reupholstering maintains its charm.
  • Hygiene Concerns: Particularly with mattresses, the avoidance of pre-owned items is advisable due to potential hygiene issues.
  • Odor Assessment: Sidestep any furniture that emits off-putting smells.
  • Structural Integrity: Scrutinize for structural impairments to ensure longevity.
  • Complete Components: Verify the presence of all essential parts before making a purchase.
  • Insect Inspection: Thorough examination for insect infestations is crucial.
  • Hazardous Materials: Avoid pieces with lead paint or mold to ensure safety.
  • Comfort and Condition: Evaluate the overall comfort and condition to ensure usability and satisfaction.
  • Authenticity Matters: Particularly when eyeing antiques, it’s crucial to avoid misrepresentations. Delve into research, interact with the vendors, and follow your instincts.

Lisbon’s Furniture Treasures: An Interactive Map

Additional Resources

Additionally, don’t overlook the bounty of deals on Facebook Marketplace and OLX.pt. I’ve snagged great finds from active buy and sell Facebook groups like Second Hand Lisbon, Lisbon Buy/Sell/Trade, Buy & Sell in Lisbon, Portugal, and Ericeira buy and sell. Explore these platforms to discover more second-hand treasures.

Beyond Furniture: Second Hand Treasures in Lisbon

Oh, Lisbon isn’t just about furniture. While scouting for that perfect armchair, you might also come across vintage books, jewelry, and vintage clothing. Each item you find not only adds to your collection but also gives you a unique memory of Lisbon. So, take your time, explore, and let the city surprise you.

Before I sign off, a quick ask: If you’ve been to Lisbon and have some tips or a hidden antique shop you swear by, do share. We’re all ears! Have you found your own favorite spot for second hand furniture in Lisbon that I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear about it. Make a comment below!

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