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Vintage, second hand and more: 11 tips for sustainable shopping in Berlin

Just shop consciously

Pauls Boutique
© Foto: Nady El-Tounsy

Shopping for second-hand clothes is not only fun, but also good for the environment - and your wallet! In our selection of vintage stores you will find second-hand clothes for every fashion taste. We also tell you how and where you can make your shopping trip in Berlin even more sustainable. And if you now feel like doing even more for the environment and climate, our 10 tips for a sustainable Berlin visit are just right for you. 

Tip 1: For fans of the 80s and 90s

Vintage-Shopping
Young woman vintage shopping in Berlin. © gettyimages, Foto: lechatnoir

Puffer jackets and Timperlands, Burberry and chic jeans: in these second-hand stores you'll find vintage hits from the 80s and 90s. You won't have to browse long to find wildly patterned sweatshirts, windbreakers, corduroy pants and, of course, all the essential accessories, including lots of glittery silverware and classy rings. First come, first served! 

JIFA Vintage Collection BLN, Schönhauser Allee 49, Prenzlauer Berg
When: Monday to Saturday from 1 pm to 8 pm

Change Vintage, Schloßstraße 102 in Steglitz
When: Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 7 pm, Saturday from 11 pm to 7 pm

Tip 2: For fans of retro trends and designer clothes

Vintage-Shopping
© gettyimages, Foto: SolStock

You can find unique designer pieces at Vintage Revivals in Schönhauser Allee. With stores in seven major German cities by now, True Vintage has established itself as a label for a timeless retro style. These second-hand pieces have truly earned a second life. Exclusively designer brands are presented by the fine, small second-hand store Goo in Oderbergerstraße. Here you will find vintage dresses and suits by Miu, Miu, Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen, Comme Des Garcons. A dream!

Vintage Revivals, Schönhauser Allee 127, Prenzlauer Berg
When: Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm

Goo, Oderberger Straße 45, Mitte
When:  Monday to Saturday from 12 pm to 8 pm

Tip 3: For real unique pieces: #HAHAYOUREUGLY

Secondhand & Vintage Store: HAHAYOURUGLY
Secondhand store: HAHAYOURUGLY © #HAHAYOUAREUGLY Berlin

At first they sold their personal and at that time already very own wardrobe via Kleiderkreisel (today vinted.de). At the flea market at Mauerpark, Kacper and Armin's booth quickly became a permanent institution. Two store collectives followed and then finally their own second hand store in Friedrichshain. Mission of #HAHAYOURUGLY is to transform second hand, old, weird and all other ugly ducklings into their own version of "beautiful". All brands and designers are also available in the Vintage Online Store.

Where: Warschauer Straße 76, Friedrichshain
When: Monday to Saturday from 1 pm to 7 pm

Tip 4: Flea markets

Market Nowkoelln Flowmarkt at Maybachufer Berlin
Nowkoelln Flowmarkt © visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

If you're in Berlin this weekend, be sure to stop by one of the many flea markets. The flea market at Mauerpark starts on Sunday at 10 am. You can also rummage on the RAW grounds on Sundays. We have compiled many other great flea markets for you here:

Flea markets in Berlin

Tip 5: Repair culture: Repair Cafés

Ulis Fahrradladen in Alt-Sapndau
© visitberlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Have you bought an old camera at the flea market, or do you need to change the battery of your cell phone, mend a bicycle tube or want to repair the kettle of your Berlin hostess as a thank you? Then the Repair Café is the right place for you. There are quite a few of them in Berlin. You will see, repairing is fun and worthwhile: The costs are zero, the CO2 that is released during the production of new products is saved - and you will also meet great people!

Repair Café Schöneberg, Goebenstraße 12, Schöneberg
When: Monday to Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm

Sodiner, Osloer Straße 12, Wedding
When: Thursday 5pm to 8 pm

For guitar playing vintage fans

A tip for guitar-playing vintage fans is Chapter Mitte on Torstraße, where you can do your instrument some good while you get dressed up for the next stage show at Heike's Guitar Repair just behind the store.

Chapter Mitte, Torstraße 70 & 76, Mitte
When: Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 pm

For fans and collectors of antique bikes

Often, when it comes to repairing really nice, old things, the problem is the lack of spare parts. At least for fans of antique bicycles, there's a place to go in Berlin with Uli's Museum Shop for Historical Bicycles. If you want to see more of the historic Spandau, check out our bike tour.

Cycling Tour of Spandau

Uli`s Museum Shop, Jagowstraße 28, Spandau
When: Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm, Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6:30 pm (March-October), and 12 pm to 6 pm (November-February), respectively.

Tip 6: Sustainable fashion

LOVECO Shop Christina Wille
© Foto: Nora Dal Cero/https://www.noradalcero.ch

Sustainable fashion is made to last. Extremly durable and robust many sustainable fashion labes also go for a timeless style. Many sustainable Berlin labes also offer to make repairs and alterations right in the store. Discover some Berlin designers. All store owners pay attention to sustainability, ecological and fair production. 

Sustainable fashion

Tip 7: For jeans and sneakers types

Pauls Boutique
© Foto: Nady El-Tounsy

Casual brand-name things are second-hand bought not only much cheaper, but also often much cooler and more comfortable. The Levis are already registered, the Nikes, Pumas, Converse and Adidas have already seen the asphalt. If you dress up at Archive Berlin or Paul's Boutique, you're ready to hit the streets of the city - with style and charm and a few cool retro pieces that you wouldn't find on sale new. The assortment ranges from streetwear to designer pieces. By the way: Paul's boutique also runs a treasure trove for filmmakers and other creative industry professionals: vintage band t-shirts, leather jackets and other originals from decades past.


Archive, Rosenthaler Strasse 72, Mitte 
When: Monday through Friday from 12 pm - 7 pm, Saturday from 11 am - 7 pm

Paul's Boutique, Oderberger Straße 47, Mitte
When: Monday to Saturday from 12 - 8 pm

Tip 8: Eco markets

Weekly Organic Market in Berlin
Weekly Organic Market Kollwitzkiez © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

If you get hungry during your shopping trip, we recommend a visit to Berlin's weekly and organic markets. In almost every neighborhood, farmers from the Berlin-Brandenburg region offer fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade bread and cakes, homemade jams, fresh cheese and much more. Two particularly nice markets are Dicke Linda at Kranoldplatz in Neukölln every Saturday and the Ökomarkt at Kollwitzplatz.

Where: Kolwitzplatz, Wörther Straße 35, Prenzlauer Berg.
When: Thursday from 12 to 7 pm


Weekly markets in Berlin

Tip 9: For those who like to browse

Vintage-Shopping
© gettyimages, Foto: Joos Mind

Everything is so colorful here! Patterned shirts and knitted sweaters, but also various super cool vintage leather jackets, denim and much more can be found in these two vintage stores in Berlin. V Vintage is more specialized on ladies, at Vintage Stuff the rocker heart beats faster. By the way: V Vintage also has an online second hand store at Etsy.

Vintage Stuff, Zehdenicker Straße 14, Prenzlauer Berg
When: Monday to Friday from 4 pm - 8 pm, Saturday from 2.30 pm - 8 pm

V VINTAGE, Kopernikusstraße 18, Friedrichshain
When: Monday to Saturday from 12 - 8 pm

Tip 10: Humana, Resales, Oxfam

shopping in berlin mitte
© visitBerlin, Foto: Philip Koschel

Berlin is a real second-hand stronghold. Humana alone operates 19 branches in Berlin, Resales has eleven in the city, and there are also eight Oxfam stores spread throughout the neighborhoods. In addition, there are three Pick'n'Weight, regular vintage pop-up stores, clothing swap meets and countless other private stores and stores. It's a pity that we can't include them all here. Feel free to post your tips in the comments, though!

Humana, Friedrichstraße 148, Mitte oder Frankfurter Tor 3, Friedrichshain
When: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm

Resales: Pestalozzistraße 82, Charlottenburg oder Potsdamer Straße 105, Tiergarten
When: Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm (Charlottenburg) and Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9.30 am to 4 pm (Tiergarten)

Oxfam

Tip 11: Repeater

Pauls Boutique
© Foto: Nady El-Tounsy

Repeater is actually the title of an album by the band Fugazi. In any case, the Repeater's operators are big fans and run their second-hand store according to the principles of its namesakes, namely to do what you love, to get involved with your neighborhood, to work together with your buddies and to behave fairly and with respect towards everyone. We hardly have anything to add to that... Oh, but: Have fun browsing! 

Where: Pannierstraße 45, Neukölln
When: Monday to Saturday from 12 pm to 8 pm

Extra tip: From the past century


At OFT | Vintage Berlin you will find beautiful things and clothes from the past with which you can start stylishly into the future. OFT stands for "Without Question Great". And that is also a visit to this very special store for vintage lovers. Here you can browse, style and also get advice and outfit.

Where: Chausseestraße 131b, Mitte and Greifswalder Straße 202, Prenzlauer Berg.
When: Chausseestraße Monday to Friday from 1 to 8 pm, Saturday from 1 to 6 pm, Greifswalder Straße by appointment ohnefragetoll@web.de

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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Da fehlt ja Loretta in der Oderberger Straße!

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