One of my favorite things to do when I’m abroad is to go to local markets and second-hand shops.
It’s nice to get the flavor of the area and to mingle with the locals.
However, it can be hard to know what is or isn’t a tourist area or tourist shop if you haven’t been in that particular spot before. A good hack is that even people living locally will need to go somewhere to buy food. Most places have a weekly market. And not many tourists shop second-hand on holiday (unless it’s Paris …everyone shops second hand in Paris). So to find a market and second-hand shop are my best tricks to make sure I get to experience the genuine life and culture of a country.
I’m always looking for those special pieces of clothing to bring home. I believe that items keep memories. You will look at something purchased abroad and relieve the feeling of that particular moment. The best thing about it is if I get something I need, AND it becomes a part of a nice memory from the trip, I kill two birds in one stone. Heck, even three birds if the item is pre-loved!
I adore the idea of having a wardrobe full of memories.
It’s also an excellent way to make sure I buy something no one else at home will have. I like diversity in my wardrobe and the last thing I want to be is trendy. Buying off-brand abroad (away from tourist shops) is a great way to make sure you get a one-off item.
My latest holiday find is this amazing pre-loved military jacket I got at the farmers market in Hossegor.
The lady who sold them imports old Korean military jackets and customizes them. I love the idea of taking something negative and changing its purpose to a positive one. This jacket never asked to be used for war and now it’s bringing joy. It’s like the fabric has been redeemed.
Every good capsule wardrobe needs a military jacket.
It’s such a versatile piece of clothing. Lightweight enough for the warmer months of the years, but it still keeps me warm when it’s windy or during chillier nights. I use mine mainly walking the dog or doing the nursery run, but it looks amazing even over a dress paired with sneakers. Every time I wear this jacket people come up to me on the street and ask me where I got it from.
It’s seriously oversized, has a few little holes and snags and I love it. “Enjoy every moment” really resonate with me since it’s something I try to do every single day (and still often struggle with). I believe that happiness lies in the moment, not in the future or the past.
The happiest person is he or she who is here right now, enjoying this very moment in its full glory.
Photographer – Ida Zander.
I can unfortunately not find you a pre-loved military jacket from Hossegor, but these are pretty cool too –