Humana Frankfurter Tor (Friedrichshain)
This 4 storey building is what we like to call “the second hand mall” of Berlin. The first floor has a more refined selection of second hand clothing, while the goodies are on the second and third floor.
On the second floor you have the household items section filled with table cloths, bed sheets, curtains AND leftover fabrics – you find them on the shelves underneath the towels section. PLUS, on the cupboard next to the table cloths stand you find several boxes with buttons and zippers (and sometimes other interesting sewing tools).
The third floor is perfect for finding clothing for upcycling, as the majority of the pieces are ranging from 1 to 5 EUR and are nicely sorted by types: jackets, vests, shirts, jeans, jersey tops, etc.
Address: Frankfurter Tor 3, 10243 Berlin
Opening times: Daily 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday – Closed
This is the perfect store for the treasure hunters. If you like digging through old stuff in search of quality pieces, Motz is the place for you. It is located on the street right next to our studio, which means if you are ever out of fabrics before one of our classes, you can come 30 minutes earlier and take a look at what Motz has in store. You can find clothing, as well as bed sheets, curtains and sometimes table cloths. Non-textile related: books, games, furniture, kitchen appliances, sometimes a bike :))
Prices are never shown, but if you manage to speak a little German the man in charge of the store will always make you an offer you can’t refuse.
Address: Friedrichstraße 226, 10969 Berlin
Opening times: Monday to Friday 12:00 – 19:00, Saturday 12:00 – 17:00, Sunday – Closed
Mauerpark (Mitte/Prenzlauer Berg)
Of course, everyone knows Mauerpark. It’s without question the most touristy flea market, but if you manage to get there towards the end of the day, it is far less busy. By the end of the day most of the good condition, wearable stuff is gone, which means that if you’re in search of pieces to upcycle, you will find cheap gems that you can cut and use as fabric.
What we like about Mauerpark is the Turkish stand with haberdashery (buttons, zippers, bands, needles, etc.) which comes in handy especially if you have a sewing emergency on a Sunday (when no other store is open).
Another thing we like about Mauerpark is the area across the street from the main venue, where you will find a lot of boxes filled with all you can imagine. With some patience you might discover (like we did) elastic bands, zippers, sewing tools and threads.
Address: Bernauer Str. 63-64, 13355 Berlin
Opening hours: Sundays only 10:00 – 18:00
The Berliner Stadtmission is in charge of those white boxes for clothing donations that you will find all over Berlin. Even though the boxes were in the beginning intended to collect only clothing in good condition suitable to be worn by people in need, everyone started using them as clothing and textile bins. This gave people at StadtMission a lot of extra work to do.
Because not all the donated clothes can be worn by people on the streets (they seem to prefer dark colors and more pullovers, jackets and warm, cozy clothing), all the pieces that don’t qualify are sold in order to cover for the costs of the organization. Berliner StadtMission is behind many of the well-known charitable initiatives in Berlin (the Kältebus, for example).
If you are searching for big quantities, you can buy directly from them, by kilo.
Otherwise, you will find single pieces in one of their many Komm&Sieh stores:
- Friedrichshain/Prenzlauer Berg: Storkower Str. 139D, 10407 Berlin (every first Saturday of the month, from 12:00 – 19:00)
- Friedrichshain: Kalr-Marx-Alle 1, 10178 Berlin (every 3rd Saturday of the month from 13:00 – 19:00)
- Charlottenburg: Joachim-Friedrich-Straße 46, 10711 Berlin (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00 -18:00, Thursday 10:00 – 20:00, Saturday 11:00 – 16:00, Sunday – Closed)
- Charlottenburg: Neue Christstraße 5, 14059 Berlin (Monday to Friday 11:00 – 18:00, Saturday 11:00 – 16:00, Sunday – Closed)
- Charlottenburg: Wilmersdorfer Straße 46, 10627 Berlin -this one is in the Wilmersdorfer Arcaden, the first second hand we ever saw in a mall (Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 20:00, Sunday – Closed)
- Prenzlauer Berg: Malmöer Str. 4, 10439 Berlin (Monday to Friday 12:00 – 18:00, Saturday 10:00 – 16:00, Sunday – Closed)
- Tegel: Namslaustr. 83, 13507 Berlin (Tuesday to Friday 13:00 – 18:00, Sunday – Closed)