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A Guide to Thrifting in Cairo

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A Guide to Thrifting in Cairo
written by
Nesrien Abdelkader
Via Businessforwardauc

The dangers of fast fashion have never been more serious. As a result, Cairenes have been looking for more sustainable alternatives. Although some ethically-sourced brands are good for the environment, they may not be as good for your wallet. That’s where thrifting comes in. But don’t worry if you don’t know where to start; we’ve got you covered with this guide to thrifting across Cairo: 

Instagram Pages

As it’s the easiest to access, Instagram has been the go-to method for thrifters to check out the newest finds. Pages dedicated to all different styles have popped up recently, and they make the process of thrifting even more straightforward, allowing users to pay online and get the goods shipped right to them. 

If you’re looking for something so bad that it’s good, @retro_cairo has endless ugly sweaters and dad shirts to fill your closet. Those who are more interested in streetwear need to check out pages like, @fosterhome4secondhandclothes, and @retrogeek___ for the freshest fits. For both brand new or vintage corsets, girls can follow @thriftnchic_ and @thriftcultcai, and @thriftdrobe_ carries for the trendiest, personally thrifted items. 

In Person 

El Wekala has been Egypt’s most well-known spot for thrift shopping for decades, and the recent trend toward thrifting has breathed new life into the area. If you want to beat the rest of those waiting for pieces to drop online, head down to El Wekala yourself. If you’re not feeling brave enough to venture through the bustling streets of El Wekala, The Space is another option. This second hand vintage outlet is located in Maadi, and they also offer products made by small, local businesses.  


Retag is a fashion resale marketplace that lets users buy and sell their goods online. Shoppers can browse through a variety of items, brands, and price ranges to find exactly what they need. Retag also offers door-to-door delivery, and you can pay online or in cash. Pronti is another app that serves as a smart wardrobe assistant to help users shop more consciously. The app works by putting together outfits based on your current wardrobe, and then suggests local and sustainable options to buy new pieces.