Berlin is known for its fashion. Everywhere you go you’ll find trendy Berliners who make being cool seem effortless. Whilst achieving such a look might not be so effortless for all of us, in this city it never needs to be expensive. Berlin has a variety of amazing vintage and second-hand shops in which you can find designer and branded items for reasonable prices. You also have the potential to find something original and unique. Today I’m going to list all of my favourite thrift stores in Berlin. There is something for everyone – from students on a budget to those willing to spend a bit more on a fancier piece. So let’s rundown the best places to find and create your dream vintage outfit.
€- 20 & under
1. Blank Vintage
We all love a bargain. We love that feeling of finding something so good for so cheap. If you shop at Blank Vintage then you’re bound to get this feeling over and over again. Blank Vintage is fantastic for those on a tight budget. Although the shop itself is quite small it still has a good amount of dresses, jumpers, funky shirts and jeans on offer. If you’re a ‘thrifting beginner’ this is a great place to start out.
If you’re looking for a pair of good quality jeans then you need to go to Blank Vintage. They have a whole rack of designer jeans with most costing under €20. They also stock an amazing range of dungarees – I even found a pair of Tommy Hilfiger ones!
There’s only one changing room in the store so if it’s busy you might have to wait a bit before you can try on your thrifted outfit creations. It is also essential that you bring cash as they will not accept card.
All in all, Blank Vintage is a great place to find that cosy, oversized jumper or pair of rad designer jeans. I would argue that it is not the best place to find vintage accessories but this store has so much else to offer that it is definitely still worth a visit. It is so easy to sort through and always a chill and relaxing experience. This is a must for keen vintage shoppers.
Address: Warschauer Str. 29, 10243 Berlin, Germany
Cash or Card? Cash
Want to buy vintage in bulk for a great price? Well then you may have just found your clothing para-dise. PickNWeight is exactly what the name states: you pick an array of vintage clothes and weigh them to see how much they cost altogether. PickNWeight has the potential to be overwhelming to some as it is basically a warehouse filled with masses of thrift. They sell everything from clothes for both men and women to bags, shoes, jewellery and more. You really do need to dedicate either a whole morning or afternoon to sorting through everything they have on offer.
Every item has a colour sticker on its hanger. Each colour represents a different price range so, for example, a red sticker will represent that the item is €25. Items can range up to €75. If you are unsure about how much something costs then all you need to do is place it on one of the scales dotted around the store and the machine will tell you.
Top Tip: If you go to the Kreuzberg store there is also a mini coffee bar where you can take a break from all of the shopping. PickNWeight also stocks a fantastic range of formal dresses and outfits for those more up-market occasions.
Overall, although going PickNWeight is a pretty cool experience in itself it may not be for everyone due to the sheer amount of stuff shoppers have to sift through. That said, if you are willing to put in the time and effort then you are pretty much guaranteed to find a whole new outfit inspired by the suave Berliners’ style.
GARAGE- Berlin SCHÖNEBERG: Ahornstraße 2, 10787 Berlin
MADE IN BERLIN – BERLIN MITTE: Neue Schönhauser Straße 19, 10178 Berlin
PICKNWEIGHT – BERLIN MITTE: Alte Schönhauser Straße 30, 10119 Berlin
PICKNWEIGHT – BERLIN MITTE: Münzstraße 19, 10178 Berlin
PICKNWEIGHT CONCEPT STORE – BERLIN KREUZBERG: Bergmannstraße 102, 10961 Berlin
SCHÖNEBERG: Mon-Fri: 11:00am-7:00pm, Sat 11:00am-6:00pm, Sun: Closed
BERLIN MITTE: Mon-Sat: 12:00am-8:00pm, Sun: Closed
PICKNWEIGHT- BERLIN MITTE: Mon-Sat: 12:00am-8:00pm
PICKNWEIGHT – BERLIN MITTE: Mon-Sat: 12:00am-8:00pm
PICKNWEIGHT CONCEPT STORE – BERLIN KREUZBERG: Mon-Sat: 11:00am-8:00pm
Cash or Card? Both
3. Vintage Revivals
Vintage Revivals was actually one of the last shops I visited during my time in Berlin and it did not disappoint. Their mission is ‘to give old garments a second life and to create new on-trend looks’; they achieve this by offering an excellent range of clothes, shoes and accessories. From everyday tops to formal evening dresses, you’ll always find a steal here with most items being around €20 or less. Honestly, you could easily find a prom dress or a dress for a special occasion here for cheap. I ended up buying a beautiful long black velvet evening dress because it cost so little.
The whole layout of the store is visually pleasing. Everything is beautifully organised and spacious. The staff members themselves give off a very cool and on-trend vibe. This shop appeals to both men and women but I would say that the women’s section is much bigger than the men’s.
Top Tip: Before you leave make sure to get a selfie in front of the massive mirror with the pink neon light which reads ‘take a selfie, fake a life’- it’s a great place to capture that perfect insta moment.
Address: Schönhauser Allee 124, 10437 Berlin, Germany
Cash or Card? Both
Stocking a variety of designer shoes, bags and clothes, Soeur is an elegant boutique for those who want to show their appreciation for branded clothing without breaking the bank. Although this place is definitely not made for those on a budget it has a really nice range of items from names such Marc Jacobs and Prada. I myself was tempted by a small cross-shoulder Prada bag which was about €200. There are some great finds here if you’re willing to pay that bit extra for designer thrift.
What stood out to me was the selection of jeans on offer. Many designer jeans are stocked in this shop ranging from your classic Levis’ to ACNE jeans and more. If you want to buy designer jeans for a reasonable price then it is worth hitting up this store to have a look.
Overall, despite the fact that shopping at Soeur may break your budget a little bit it is still worth having a look to see if you can find something vintage and something designer for a good price.
Address: Marienburger Str. 24, 10405 Berlin, Germany
Contact: +49 30 32891520
Cash or Card? Both
5. Fleamarkets- Mauerpark Fleamarket & Nowkoelln Flowmarkt
Honestly, going to the flea-markets in Berlin was one of the highlights of my trip. Berlin has some of the best, if not the best, flea-markets I have ever been to. This is most definitely the place to find bulk fashion for cheap.
One of Berlin’s most loved fixtures, this market is held every Sunday at Mauerpark. I won’t go into too much detail about the market here as, due to the fact that there is so much to say, I will be dedicating a separate post to it.
In terms of this being a place to find vintage and second-hand clothing, it is somewhat outstanding. You can find an array of stalls selling vintage Tommy Hilfiger, Levis and more. I bought a Fila bomb-er style jacket for €25 which I am absolutely in love with. Many stalls in this market also sell bulks of clothes from brands such as Zara, H&M and Topshop for €1-€10. You are bound to find something at Mauerpark Flowmarkt; it’s so worth having a nose around to see what you can find.
Sadly, I only went to this market once. Although much smaller than Mauerpark, Nowkollen still has a lot to offer with its array of clothing stalls. Here you can find vintage as well as branded clothing for great prices. When I went there were also many stalls which stocked handmade and up-cycled vintage items. I ended up buying this gorgeous handmade pink velvet bomber. I have never seen anything quite like it. You’re guaranteed to find something special here. Even simply walking around Nowkollen Flowmarkt was a pleasant experience. I felt like a local attending my weekly flea-market.
Top Tip: Try to bring a secure bag in order to protect your stuff. The market is placed on a narrow pathway which gets packed easily and you don’t want to be worrying about losing track of your belongings.
Address: Bernauer Str. 63-64, 13355 Berlin, Germany
Contact: +49 30 29772486
Cash or Card? Cash
Address: Maybachufer 31, 12047 Berlin, Germany
Cash or Card? Cash
Tips to remember when you go thrifting in Berlin:
⁃ Often thrift stores will have one small changing room which isn’t that private.
⁃ Most only accept cash not card. Bring cash for Blank Vintage and the flea-markets.