If you’re looking to reinvent your wardrobe in a sustainable—and seriously cheap—way, then look no further than London kilo sales. Over the past few years, increasing numbers of London-based stores and pop-up shops have started selling their clothes by weight. It’s a trend which began in Holland and parts of eastern Europe, but it’s now seen all around the world.

Much like flea markets in London but with clothes only, regular Kilo sales are popping up at various venues round the city, some are free and some charge a small entry fee.

Brixton Village Kilo Sale

Brixton Village Kilo Sale | Photo by Kimberley Archer

The Kilo Sale pop-up at Pop Brixton is a full weekend’s worth of bargain shopping. Stock will be replenished throughout the day on both days, and there’s a huge selection of both men’s and women’s clothes, including shirts, flannel, blouses and jackets. They accept cash, card, Apple Pay and Google Pay at all events.

  • Price: £15.00 per kilo
  • Entry: Free
  • When: The first weekend of each month (except 2nd for Jan)

Preloved Vintage Kilo

Women at a kilo sale
Photo by iStock.com/RyanJLane

Shop through 9 tonnes of preloved, vintage and retro clothing at the Preloved Vintage Kilo pop-up. London events are held at the Arlington Conference Centre (right by Camden Town station), Round Chapel (Hackney), Kia Oval (South London), and the Croydon Conference Centre. The stock is handpicked and individually graded by a team, meaning the quality of this kilo sale is particularly high. Preloved Vintage Wholesale say they saved more than 200 tonnes of clothing from landfill in 2019 and work tirelessly to ensure their waste is kept to a minimum. All the vintage classics (post 1960s) are available, from retro blouses and shirts to leather, branded sportwear and accessories.

  • Price: £15.00 per kilo
  • Entry: £1.50 entry
  • When: Various times, see their website for details

West of Me

Expect to find vintage items from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with the stock replenished all day. Past sales have been held at Abney Public Hall, in the heart of Stoke Newington Church Street, as well as Sclater Street and St. Hilda’s East Community Centre in Shoreditch. West of Me vintage clothing sales aren’t as regular as the ones listed above, and haven’t put on an event for over a year. Check their link below to see if anything is on the horizon.

  • Price: £15.00 per kilo
  • Entry: Free
  • When: Check Facebook for upcoming events

Shop Kilo

London Kilo sales
Photo by iStock.com/ArminStautBerlin

Shop Kilo, founded in 2009, was the UK’s first ‘buy by weight’ vintage shopping event. Clothes are supplied by Europe’s largest vintage wholesaler and are exclusive from the 1960s to 1990s. There’s no minimum spend so if you just want one light item, you can expect to pay as little as 50p. All Shop Kilo events have a split of womenswear, menswear and gender neutral clothes, and are sorted into type, to make your shopping experience easier. London-based Shop Kilo events are held at various locations, like The Lighthouse Theatre in Camberwell, Cecil Sharp House in Camden, and Copeland Park & Bussey Building in Peckham. You can also shop directly on their website, free shipping for orders over £50.00.

Note: Shop Kilo has events across the UK, including ones in Liverpool, Leeds, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, and other cities.

  • Price: £15.00 per kilo
  • Entry: £4.00 for early bird or £3.00 from 11am
  • When: Various times, see their website for details

More Vintage Shopping

For vintage shopping 7 days a week, see our article on vintage clothing stores in London . If you like a bit of bric-a-brac too, do check out some of the flea markets in London and for the ultimate cheapo experience, dive in early and rummage through one of the many car boot sales in London this weekend.

This post was originally published in March 2020. Last updated: Janurary 5th, 2022.

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BIO: Kate is a freelance journalist and the founder of the CHEAPSKATE London newsletter.
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