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DURABLE ATTIRE

By Traveller September 5, 2016
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DURABLE ATTIRE

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By Linda Traveller September 5, 2016

I'll be living in Norway a few months & will need quality winter attire,,, which I definitely don't have here in the desert, Las Vegas, NV. I would like to know which are the best second-hand shops in Oslo for wool blankets, appropriate outer wear, galoshes, etc. Also, I will need to purchase new shoes for winter, durable & for walking long distances. Recommendations, Please. Takk.

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Fretex is probably the place to go. It's run by the salvation army and they have several outlets in the city with items such as clothes and furniture and much more. Buy insulated shoes that are tall so you can wade through "sørpe", our word for wet snow if you are to live by the coast. Oslo can be quite wet. Inland can be dryer and less snow but colder. The brand is not important, just don't buy winter shoes in the cheapest shoestores. Look for quality and good insulation. Thick rubber soles is good. The ground is cold so you want to be a bit higher overground than summertime. And buy the shoes large enough so you can fit a pair of thick woolsocks on your feet inside.
Local September 6, 2016
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What an incredible overview of what I need. I guess I expressed myself clearly, eh? Your writing is a pleasure to me. Are you a native speaker or is this piece translated? Your advice is dearly appreciated.
My son lives in Tallinn, and he tells me that I need"glasses". I may find something with his wife there. Your advice will be helpful shopping with her. Before I go to Tallinn, I will be in Oslo 2 nights, near airport - I can take a look around, then Tallinn, then back to Oslo. I'll get the perfect pair. I go back to Tallinn again a month later, and make the decision after shopping twice in each place. I return to Buskers county for a month or two. Perhaps you could also respond to the inquiry as well. I know that I will get the perfect boots, and car. Talk !
God dag I pray that you have a blesses day.
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Linda Traveller September 10, 2016
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Thank you for the praise of my language capabilitys. I have read american and british literature quite extensively. My oral utterances would not be so pleasurable I can assure you.
I presume by glasses you mean something to protect your eyes from the cold weather? In what we call Sør-Norge which extends from the southern tip to the county of Nord-Trøndelag this is seldom required in every-day life. If you are to walk outdoors in the sun and snow during the day you need to protect your eyes from reflected light which can be quite tiresome and intense. For this use, a pair of regular sunglasses are adequit.
For outdoor sports such as bicycling, hiking, and cross-country skiiing, epecially in the hills and mountains you might need something more protective, called "sportsbriller". The exposure to wind in tree-less landscapes will drive you to tears. The combination of snow and wind can make it impossible to see without proper protection. For this purpose you need glasses that fit around the eye-sockets and therefore have a distinctive "sporty" look. I think the main vendors for this type of attire is sportshops and stores that sell glasses and sunglasses. In the lower country and in the forests glasses are not equally necessary, I never use this myself. (Next entry will tackle alpine attire and were to shop)
Alpine sports require a different sort of glasses such as ski goggles("skibriller"). The cold wind and snow will quickly drive you indoors, especially desember and january can be harsh. Ski goggles are big and cover a larger part of the face, with soft dense foam around the edge and a wide comfortable headband. With a scarf we call "hals" covering the lower part and nose and a cap to cover your ears and head you can stay outdoors in the worst kind of weather, bar a fullblown winter storm. But storms are a feature mainly of the western coast of the country or high up in the mountains.
In Oslo there are speciality shops which focus on equipment and attire for alpine sports like Oslo sportslager and Anton sport. But there are also big chains like G-Sport and XXL spread around the city, the latter one is the cheapest. In a chain such as XXL you can buy sports glasses, ski googles but you can also buy underwear, winter clothing(jackets and gloves etc), they also might have winter boots and much more.

I hope this made sense and answered your question :)
Takk, Ingerragnhold. Looks like my sunglasses will be adequate. God dag
Takk, Ingerragnhold. My sunglasses will be adequate. God dog.
As the others here says, Fretex second hand shops are the most common and probably the best. Just ask around or search the interweb for the nearest outlet.
Local September 6, 2016
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Hi Linda.
If you look for second hand you have Fretex , they have several shops in Oslo. Another one is UFF , one is in Storgata and another one by oslo Centralstation. I have seen second hand hand knittet pullover with Norwegian design . For underwear in wool, my recommendation is to have a look at Cubus and Lindex. For sporty wool underwear, walking boots, winter jacket and so on have a look at XXL - the cheapest sports shop in Oslo. They have a store in Storgata, Alna, Storo. Winterclothes for daily just like a nice coat have a look at Zara , H & M, Vera Moda , Mango and so on. These kind of clothes you can find also in Grunerløkka, it's several 2.hand stores in that area. Just have a look at trip advisor. Hope this was helpful .
Enjoy Oslo.
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Local September 5, 2016
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Wow, Hege. Very helpful.. Takk... I'll be living in Flesberg for 2 months. Will be checking into these stores that you mention when i arrive in Oslo. then, I plan to rent a car for at least a month or two,,, I've gotten some quotes; any suggestions here? I will need a 4 wheel drive. God bless you - thank you so much
Linda Traveller September 5, 2016
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Here,. Everyone speaks of wool underwear... My grandmother was Norwegian ( which is why I want to spend so much time in Norway. However, I'm allergic to wool ! My skin is so sensitive that I wear only cotton & linen..not in Midway! Any other suggestions? I also cannot wear anything synthetic, only cotton. I suppose I will wear leggings under everything, then layers of wool. Thanks again, Have.
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Linda Traveller September 10, 2016
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Hi Linda,
Where exactly in Norway will you stay? The winter feels very different depending on whether there is sea nearby etc. I live in Oslo and you could get by just fine with some warm shoes that can stand melted snow (docs, goretex any kind of boot, perhaps with a bit of a heel).

I would buy my winter shoes from e.g. Dinsko in Oslo + impregnating spray (you can use it on everything!). Winter shoes are gonna be around 100 dollars. I've always managed really well with a cheap scarf and jacket from e.g. H&M. But you could do with a pair of underpants in wool (stockings).

Secondhand stores in Oslo: Fretex and UFF are the best, and I think they may be cheapest near the central station and in the St.Hanshaugen/Nationalteateret area. In the fall and late springtime, you'll find great and cheap clothes on fleemarkets (loppemarkeder.com). Hope this helped!

Local September 5, 2016
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...very helpful, Oda. Takk.
I'll be living about 8 km from Flesberg, dirt road only... for 2 months. Will be checking into these stores that you mention when I arrive in Oslo. $100 for good shoes is ok - I've had 3 surgeries on my foot this last years, & shoes are my most important purchase. Then, I plan to rent a car (in Oslo) for at least a month or two,,, I will need to travel to an area where I can receive internet, so I will have to go to town. I've gotten some quotes; any suggestions here? I will need a 4 wheel drive. God bless you - thank you so much
Linda Traveller September 5, 2016
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If you really want cheap second hand stuff you can try goodwill stores like Fretex or Uff. There are several locations in and close to the city centre. The clothes you find here may not exactly be very fashionable, however.

There are also a lot of sports warehouses you can check out. A not too pricy one is XXL, which also has several branches around Oslo. But most large sports/outdoor type stores will have everything you need to survive the winter.

As for the winter shoes, it's hard to recommend one specific model. I would suggest you try out different models. One general trick is to not buy them too small; you should be able to fit at least two layers of socks inside and still be able to wiggle your toes.

With the right clothes, you'll see that the Norwegian winter isn't so bad after all :-) Good luck!
Local September 5, 2016
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Takk, Alexander. I'll be living about 8 km from Flesberg, dirt road only... for 2 months. Will be checking into these stores that you mention when I arrive in Oslo. $100 for good shoes is ok - I've had 3 surgeries on my foot this last year, & shoes are my most important purchase. Then, I plan to rent a car (in Oslo) for at least a month or two,,, I will need to travel to an area where I can receive internet, so I will have to go to town. I've gotten some quotes; any suggestions here? I will need a 4 wheel drive. God bless you - thank you so much
Linda Traveller September 5, 2016
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This is great advice because with my foot surgeries I could do well with sturdy sports shoes - great suggestion...Takk
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Linda Traveller September 10, 2016
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