Because I was on a shopping ban break while in Berlin, I obviously had to visit some vintage shops. Most of the places I visited were extremely well curated, and accordingly priced, vintage boutiques. There are many many all over Prenzlauerberg and Friedrichshain and other parts of Berlin too I imagine. The picture below is from a shop where most things didn’t even have prices, and the only thing I did see a label on was a silk evening gown for 120 euros. So really more eye candy than anything else, but lovely eye candy!
Tellingly, the only vintage thing I did buy, the green 1960s dress, actually came from a second hand shop carrying mainly contemporary clothes from H&M, Esprit and so on. There are proper cheap, charity shop type places as well, which I didn’t visit, because when you’re on holiday and you don’t actually NEED anything, there are nicer ways to spend your time. But these places do exist!
There was one more upmarket place I would recommend in particular though, Made in Berlin, because it’s so central that if you were visiting for only a short time and were at the Reichstag/Museumsinsel/Brandenburger Tor, its near enough for a flying visit. Its not cheap but reasonable compared to new clothes (skirts – 20-30 euros, dresses 30-40) and it’s very well laid out with lots of light and space. The photos above and below and the multicoloured shirt pic right at the beginning are from there.
Finally, a bit on fleamarkets. There are tons of them around Berlin, of various types. We’ve been to the Antik und Troedel Markt on the Strasse des 17 Juni. It’s high quality, lots of nice looking stands by professional antique dealers, and heavier on antiquues than vintage clothes (although they were covered, and a few handmade/craft stands too). Some amazing mid-centure design and furniture, and priced accordingly.
On the proper fleamarket end of the spectrum, theres Flohmarkt am Mauerpark, and Flohmarkt an Boxhagener Platz. Both these are almost like car boot sales, mainly private people selling their old clothes and knick knacks for 1 or 2 euros a go, and some new cheap clothes and crafts stands too. Mauerpark is massive and gets really really busy. We didn’t vist either this time.
What we did visit was Flohmarket am Arkonaplatz, which was my favourite of all the ones I’ve been to in Berlin. A nice mix of the cheap private vendors, some nice crafters, and a good selection of more professional stands offering 1960s and 1970s housewares, at cheaper prices than on the 17th Juni one. We bought the radio there, and the Benetton scarf for one Euro. It’s a nice size too, not too big and not too small.