FashionLifestyleMarketsFinally, Thriftshopping Is Becoming a Thing in Egypt and El Wekala Is the First Place to Consider

We are happy we are now beyond the brands dilemma. Girls –specially- are not embarrassed at all from the idea of buying cheap clothes as long as they love them.
Sarah BassemNovember 29, 20203242347 min

Recently, female TikTokers and influencers are posting review videos about their Wekala shopping, showing off what they have bought from there at a relatively cheap price.

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El Wekala, and since a very long time ago, has been recommended to us when it comes to tailoring dresses, being the biggest home for fabrics of several types and numerous kinds. Wekalet Elbalah is located on the Nile Cornich in Bolaq Aboul’ela, with Gamal Abdelnasser being the nearest metro station to it. It has dozens of clothes stands and stores where you would find a great variety. The clothes there are either donated from other countries or exporting stales meaning that not all the clothes there are used.

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Basically, it’s the same idea of America’s thrift or vintage shops, where you go there and through your treasure hunting process you can find a bunch of high-quality trendy-chic pieces that suit your style. It can be much more worthy in winter as you can buy a coat or a heavy jacket with 200 L.E or even less.

Among the advantages of buying from there is being more ecofriendly. As the products are either recycled or used and that definitely reduces the consumption of the resources from which the clothes are made as well as reducing productivity that harms the environment. Another merit is having the chance to try the new trends on you to see whether it’s going to suit you or not without having to pay so much money for them.


When the YouTuber Sarah Helmy was asked about being grossed out to try used clothes she answered “not all the pieces are used, many others are new with their tickets on them. And even clothes in stores have been tried by many people and you’d need to wash them before wearing them anyways.”

Despite the comics being made on classy people’s videos about shopping from Wekala, we are happy we are now beyond that dilemma. Girls –especially- are not embarrassed at all by the idea of buying cheap clothes as long as they love them.

So, here are some tips on getting the most out of your visit to Wekala:

1-You must go in the morning to be able to see the pieces well and check if they have any defects. Most of the sellers start the day from 11 and Sunday is their holiday.

2-Wear something comfy and a bit tight to be able to try tops on it easily. At the same time don’t dress up if you want to blend in. Sneakers are a must, and a waist bag with a zipper would be perfect for keeping your money safe.

3-Look thoroughly, as some pieces have defects. And don’t buy anything that you are not fully convinced with just because it’s cheap.

4-Take it easy, expand your patience and search a lot to find suitable pieces for you, and that’s why it’s more convenient to go alone or to have one friend with you.

5-If the price is written on the stand you have to pay the full amount, if not it’s better if you bargain and they usually accept that.

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Sarah Bassem

A journalism student who's passionate about arts, animals, Sufism, and food. She hopes to travel the world as a part of being an experience seeker. She is a perfectionist and definitely a feminist.

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