It is no secret that second hand shopping and pre-loved fashion are on the rise – ask any Gen Zer or TikTok fan – and with good reason! Shoppers spend less money, have a more unique style, and benefit the planet. Win, win, win! It’s an easy swap to make.
Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve been doing the second hand fashion game for a while. I stopped buying newly produced clothing in 2017, electing to wear only secondhand clothing for ethical and environmental reasons. Don’t believe me? Check out 5 years of my style progression on my thrift style Instagram account! I guess that makes me a secondhand hipster?
Regardless, thrift shopping is one of my favorite pastimes and I always make time for it when I travel. In fact, I prioritize it. I love checking out vintage shops in new cities. On my recent one week trip to Berlin, I researched thrift shops ahead of time because I knew how many there were. Berlin has by far the largest assortment of thrift stores and vintage stores in Germany.
A great second hand store lies around basically every street corner in Berlin – it’s staggering how many you’ll come across. The vintage selection is abundant, offering everything from luxury boutiques with designer duds to unique thrift stores specializing in capsule styles and collections. In this blog post, I am summarizing my favorite thrift, secondhand and vintage shops in Berlin to help you find the coolest clothes around.
Where to Find the Best Vintage + Thrift Clothing Shops in Berlin
Thrift & Charity Shops
ReSales is the country’s largest clothes reseller. Think of it as the Goodwill or Salvation Army of Germany. Always offering a wide selection of pre-owned apparel as well as accessories and shoes, ReSales has super affordable prices. The quality varies widely, so I would recommend inspecting the items carefully before buying anything. Contemporary styles and brands are the norm here, but you’ll find the occasional vintage gem or designer item. There are a number of locations around Berlin and it can sometimes be crowded.
- Website: https://www.resales.de/
- Address: Multiple locations. I like the one near Tiergarten (Potsdamer Str. 105)
- Hours: Monday – Saturday from 9:30am – 7pm
One of the largest thrift shop chains in Germany is Humana, and you’ll find their shops in most of the major cities. Berlin is no exception. There are a dozen or so Humana locations around Berlin, so you are likely to stumble on one while exploring the city. The selection here is big and not always curated, so expect to hunt a little bit for treasures. The quality and brands vary, but you can definitely find some great items. I find the prices to be really reasonable, and the styles are consistently good. There is usually a small vintage section in their stores too.
- Website: https://www.humana-second-hand.de/
- Address: Multiple locations around Berlin. I like the one in Friedrichshain (Petersburger Str. 3)
- Hours: Monday – Saturday from 10am – 8pm
This small German chain has both secondhand and upcycled clothing at really good prices. I initially discovered them on Instagram, and the Kleiderei shop in Cologne quickly became of my favorites. Plus I found some incredible things in the Kleiderei store in Freiburg, so naturally I had to check out the flagship location in Berlin. The staff here is always cheerful and approachable with a great selection of pieces that feel cool and on-trend. Lots of good basics and staples.
- Website: https://kleiderei.com/
- Address: Oranienstraße 44
- Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12-7pm
Pick n’ Weight
Pay by weight! That is the motto at Pick n’ Weight. Each item of clothing will have a colored tag that relates to a price. You’ll weigh all of the items when you check out, or you can check the price at one of the weigh stations around the store. Pick n’ Weight specializes in unique vintage clothes, and their styling is always super creative. Make sure to have a look at the mannequins for outfit inspiration! There are a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces and the store is sorted by color and style for easy browsing. Personally, I find the prices to be a little high, but I like that Pick n’ Weight is always consistent – I walk in and know that I can find something cool.
- Website: https://picknweight.de/
- Address: Alte Schönhauserstr. 30
- Hours: Monday – Sunday 12–8 pm
Vintage & Curated Secondhand Shops
Let Them Eat Cake
Offering an exceptional collection of 1970s pieces as well as club attire from Berlin’s 90s grunge days, Let Them Eat Cake is a place to come if you have a specific piece in mind. There is a good chance you’ll find it! The shop is owned by a Swedish woman who used to work for chic fashion houses, so her eye for items is as good as it comes. The Neukölln shop is really neat and tidy, so it has a high-end feel. Plus, the racks are never over-packed or crowded, which makes browsing comfortable.
- Website: https://www.instagram.com/ltec_berlin/
- Address: Weserstr. 164
- Hours: Monday – Saturday 1pm – 7pm
The first time I stepped into Loretta, I am pretty sure I had a tiny orgasm. I love this place! It is packed to the gills with nice items at bargain prices. The owner Susan handpicks most of the items, and her taste is great. You’ll find high-quality pieces, especially layerable items and basic pieces, like denim and white shirts. Loretta also specializes in a wide range of cool shoes and accessories. One time, I found three pairs of pristine leather boots here! This might be my favorite on the whole list.
- Website: http://www.loretta-vintage-clothes.com/
- Address: Oderberger Straße 35
- Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12 pm-7 pm
Kims Second Hand Boutique
You won’t find this secondhand shop mentioned on most lists about vintage shopping in Berlin, but I really like it. It doesn’t feel like your average secondhand shop, thanks in part to the stucco ceiling and blue & gold plastered wall treatment. There is a high-end but cozy feeling to the store. Selling predominantly brand-name merchandise and one-of-a-kind items by well-known designers, you can expect the price point to be a little bit higher. I tried on this amazing mohair jacket here that I am kicking myself for not buying. The staff is welcoming and helpful, offering some great tips for styling unique items.
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Kims-Second-Hand-Boutique-186100078086979/
- Address: Lausitzer Pl. 14
- Hours: Monday – Saturday 1pm -6pm
Step inside this narrow Kreuzberg shop to find some of the best vintage items in all of Berlin. The stylish owner is often working (when she isn’t out sourcing new items) and her taste is spectacular. There are true fashion treasures to be found here! The prices aren’t too high either. In general, I think this place is great. Many of the clothes were too bold for my style, but the accessories here are impeccable, especially handbags. There is also a ton of beautiful costume jewelry downstairs that is worth pursuing.
- Website: http://www.alletschick.com/
- Address: Bergmannstraße 90
- Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 6 pm
Haha You’re Ugly
For eccentric streetwear items and off-beat vintage, there is nowhere better than Haha You’re Ugly. The tongue-and-cheek name of the shop sets the stage for a shopping experience that is anything but ordinary. All of the staff dress in the trendiest secondhand outfits, and are almost intimidatingly stylish. The range of vintage items is exceptionally cool, and the style definitely isn’t for everyone. But the brand has a cult-like following among Berlin’s hippest, so their Friedrichshain shop is worth checking out if you want to push the boundaries of your style.
- Website: https://hahayoureugly.shop/
- Address: Warschauer Str. 76, 10243 Berlin
- Hours: Monday – Saturday 1pm – 8pm
Lena’s Lovely Vintage
Specializing in womenswear with a feminine style, Lena’s Lovely Vintage is indeed lovely. The shop is bright, well-organized, and feels like a high-end boutique. Ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s, every piece is hand-selected to ensure premium quality. Items like eye-catching gowns and leather trench coats to American sports apparel and lace nightgowns will have you swooning. The selection here is beautiful! Plus, the tags include little notes about the items, giving you a small story about the piece. The prices fairly reflect the care and work that went into sourcing the items.
- Website: http://www.lenaslovelyvintage.com/
- Address: Potsdamer Straße 101
- Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 pm – 7 pm
A go-to spot for Berlin’s most savvy second hand shoppers, Trash-Schick is popular. Their selection of unusual and unique items draws shoppers from near and far. The selection is massive too. You could easily spend a few hours digging through here. Plus, you can usually find some affordable designer items tucked in the racks. I find the atmosphere at Trash-Schick to be warm and welcoming, like everyone drops their pretension at the door. The staff are the heart of it, always greeting you with a friendly smile and can answer any of your questions.
- Website: http://www.trashschick.de/
- Address: Wühlischstraße 31
- Hours: Monday – Saturday from 12–8 pm
Dress Code Vintage
This basement shop on a quiet street in Bergmannkiez would be easy to pass if you weren’t on the hunt for it. But it is well-worth the stop, because their selection of items from the 1970s – present is excellent. Dress Code Vintage has rooms and rooms of well-sorted treasures to hunt through. I love how many categories of clothes they feature here, like vests, swimwear and wedding dresses. Plus there is a sizable mens section. I think the prices were really reasonable, affordable even. I bought this amazing kilim puffer vest there that I am obsessed with!
- Website: http://www.dresscodeberlin.com/
- Address: Nostitzstraße 25
- Hours: Monday – Saturday 12 – 7pm