Dusseldorf: Secondhand shopping (1)

 

In a few upcoming blogs I would like to highlight some of the secondhand shopping locations in Dusseldorf.

One of the things I absolutely adored in the UK were the charity shops and carboot sales. I quickly had a few favorites to visit on a weekly or monthly basis – and even though Germany is not quite the same when it comes to secondhand (for one thing, I don’t have a car out here so my travel distances are limited) I’d like to share some of the places around town.

There are a few websites around, providing addresses for secondhand shops – but not all are listed by far. The local flea markets (Flohmarkt, Trodelmarkt) seem to receive better coverage on www.marktcom.de, but even they miss out a few here and then. Like the Radschlägermärkte.

 

Radschlägermärkte

This monthly market is huge – a day’s entertainment worth – where there are traders and individuals selling their wares (roughly a 50/50 division) and where you can find all sorts of weird and wonderful stuff. There are toilets, food stands, and practically 100% used goods for sale. There is plenty of clothing, furniture, taxidermy, games, books, hardware, vintage and antique items and lots of other curiosities for sale. Some of the dealers are a bit pricey, but you might have better luck at the next table as prices vary widely. Several tram and bus lines stop right in front of the gates (Stop: GroBmarkt). Entry is free for buyers.

Website: Radschlägermärkte.

Location: Ulmenstraße 275, Düsseldorf.

Date: The next one is on the 8th of September and I will be there! Will you?

 

Last Haul

Last Month’s Finds

Humanet

This sweet little charity shop near Gangelplatz would be very easy to miss – if it wasn’t for our trusty online guides. The shop inside is very small and barely has enough room for the items, let alone for the friendly Japanese staff and the ever-pouring in of happy customers. The shop sell mostly clothing, but also has shoes, toys, bags and household goods. The prices are more than reasonable and I ended up leaving with a full bag of clothing and shoes!

The only downside to this shop are the irregular opening hours due to staff shortage, and a calendar with the opening times will be posted on their door for the month. They seem to be closed most often on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays.

Website: http://de.humanet.tk/ (German) / http://www.info-now.net/humanet/ (Japanese)

Location: Oberbilker Allee 238, Düsseldorf.

Opening hours: Irregular, from 10.00 – 13.00

 

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