Danish shop kept business going doing lockdown based on trust

About 15 meters of antic- and secondhand items stands outside 24 hours a day. 
Photo: Nanna Cecilie Madsen

During Covid-19 lockdown in Denmark, an antic- and secondhand shop at Nørrebro in the capital, Copenhagen, found a new way to keep business going. A very danish way if you ask the shop assistant Birgit Dahl Jensen.

By Nanna Cecilie Madsen

Dahls Antik, that has existed since 1988, tried out an unusual approach to closing the store. On tables outside the shop they put out a big variety of items for sale. The concept was for customers to service themselves, pay by mobile transactions and write down what item they bought. 24 hours a day.

Outside the shop hangs two big signs that says “Tillidsbiksen” or Trust shop, with a phone number for payments. The shop assistant Birgit Dahl Jensen, mother of one of the shop owners, tells with a big smile how positive the experience has been so far, were the shop has gotten a lot of positive feedback and has witnessed the high rate of honesty from their customers. 

“We often see payments 2 o´clock in the morning, I’m pretty sure this has come to stay” she says.

After lockdown you can also come inside to pay and explore more items in the opening hours.
Photo: Nanna Cecilie Madsen.

Dahls Antik. Sankt Hans Gade 12 2200 Copenhagen. Instagram