My name is Uyen Nguyen and I am from Vietnam. Currently, I am pursuing a Master's Degree in English Language and Culture at the University of Eastern Finland's, Joensuu campus.
When I need to buy something, it is always a good idea to consider buying second-hand items. It helps to save a lot of money, and if you know the right places then the quality of those second-hand items can be almost as good as the new ones.
So check out this list of second-hand shops in Joensuu!
Address: Torikatu 19. Mon-Fri 10-18, Saturdays 10-15.
Fida offers a wide range of things to choose from, including clothes, bags, accessories, shoes, books, small household items and even furniture at affordable prices. Tip: Bring your student card with you to have 15% off every purchase. Do not forget to check this page on Facebook.
Part of the money Fida earns is usually used to help children who are in need. Fida accepts donations; therefore, do not throw away unused stuff but give them for a better cause instead!
Address: Voimatie 10 (opposite to Prisma). Mon-Fri 9-18, Sat 9-16.
Kontti is huge and you can literally find anything there, even very big pieces of furniture. However, the price is not as cheap as in other shops, but it is likely they have everything you are looking for! Money earned in Kontti goes to the Finnish Red Cross organisation.
Address: Teollisuuskatu 4. Mon-Fri 10-18, Sat 10-15, Sun 12-16.
Valintakirppis is like a huge flea market as sellers rent a space to sell their own stuff. Mostly, they offer small household items, books and clothes. Prices vary according to the sellers and the items' quality.
4. Valio Valmakauppa
Address: Meijerintie 1. Mon-Fri 9-16:30.
At Valio Valmakauppa you can find many discounts on groceries, dairy products (milk, butter, cheese, etc), and frozen food such as vegetables and pastries.
5. Osta ja myy roska Joensuussa (Buy and sell stuff in Joensuu)
Osta ja myy roska Joensuussa (Buy and sell stuff in Joensuu) is an online shop you can find really cheap items and basically everything that is sold by other students and Joensuu citizens ranging from clothes, furniture and instruments to electronic products.
6. Other suggestions
Finally, there are plenty of items given away for free at the university (books and study items) or at the city center (clothes hangers, clothes, etc). If you see a box of items labelled "SAA OTTAA", it can be taken for free; BUT be careful with "EI SAA OTTAA!", which means "DO NOT TAKE!"
Sometimes, you can find really good quality items in those boxes so make sure to check them out regularly.
Hope this blog was useful. Now good luck with your shopping!
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