by Gina Pagnella

market shopping tours

I always get people telling me “Gina I want to come to Italy and thrift with you” Well, you can! 



Put on your comfy shoes and come feel what its like to be a Modern Thrifter in the Old World. I have Itineraries spanning all over Northern Italy. And these itineraries are constantly growing.

What does a Modern Thrifter in the Old World itinerary generally look, taste and feel like?



Depending on where you are or where you want to be I meet up with you or you meet up with me. I will provide all travel info necessary and tickets for your day with me.

Early bird gets the good vintage so coffee in the oldest bar around with the freshest bomboloni and cappucino, espresso whatever is neccessario to get you hyped up for market. I do all my exploring on foot to really get the feel of a city. Even after 12 years I am still a tourist  at heart.




Here at market we will thrift alongside one another, I will help you shop, get the mirror just where you need it to see if the dress is too grandma or not, or if the intricate medallion  is really from the 800s or the 80s. I will introduce you to my trusty vendors who I have gotten to know over the years who will surely make you giggle and show you things that are even cooler than what you might see strolling through the Uffizi. I will also give you the low-down on how and when to barter and how to recognize age and authenticity of products at market.




Depending on the size of markets they usually take two or three hours to comb so then I take you to lunch in the best Osteria in town, or the oldest, coolest or the thriftiest. Expect benches, awesome interiors and house wine. Taking a break from market is always a good idea too to reflect on purchases. The amount of things you will want to buy can be overwhelming it I good to take a breath and go back and get a last minute bargains that  thing you really wanted .

You can scroll through my blog or look at links below to get an idea of  what market experiences you are looking being in the right pace at the right time for market is quite a challenge, but if you get me the dates you are interested in the region you are looking or I can provide you with more specific information.


Close to The Cinque Terre… Here are some links to some market experiences I have had in Liguria 

Antique Market Social Club  

Vintage in the Rough  

Small city Street Market 

Market and/or Shopping Trip  – including boutiques, consignment and antiques in a beautiful little sophisticated seaside city

Summer market

Sarzana’s Soffita nella Strada – Summer Edition


Liguria – Genova:

Antique market in gorgeous city center

Shopping trip: that can continues the afternoon of the antique market which includes artisinal paper boutique, vintage shops and more!


Milan and  Lombardy Region:

Infamous antique market

Street markets 

Small city weekly market 


Emilia Romagna Region:


Tuscany :

Historical antique market 

Antique Markets and street markets close to and in the city of Florence



Look forward to hearing form you and planning your very alternative Italian shopping experience!



8 thoughts on “market shopping tours

  1. I love your blog, as you know I have shopped your store and purchase many items there and back here in the states. Everyone has been very happy and loved the antique necklaces and bracelets I have purchased. Just wanted to say thank you once again. Look forward to seeing you sometime in the future.

  2. We met you a couple weeks ago while shopping for those fun necklaces. The couple from San Diego hugging the woman from Santa Barbara. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and wish I could hang out at those places to peruse all those goodies. I sent your link to the other friends who also shopped for the necklaces so they can see what fun we could have the next time we go. Continued fun!

    • Oh how wonderful! I am so glad you reconnected with me, and are now following me around on my adventures. Necklace making is in full swing, so my writing has slowed down, I apologize. Thank you for sharing too! Gina

  3. Hey Gina,

    I am loving my vintage necklace that you customized for me this fall in Monterosso. I get many compliments and feel so great wearing it. I am very interested in these thrifting tours you are offering.I’d love to thrift with you. I wonder if you could email me some specifics such as days of the week costs, etc.

    mille grazie!

  4. Hi. I will be in Genoa and cinque terra June 15-22. I’d love to do a shopping trip. Which area has the best Markets? I’d love vintage designer items and jewelry. Can you email me some info and how much you charge to plan a trip. Thanks!!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Take a look at my constantly-updated virtual closet of vintage, Made in Italy and artisanal finds.

Need a European based vintage buyer to handpick awesome finds for you?

Summer 2016 looks