As stated before, flea marketing in Berlin can be difficult. Knowing that, I planned some serious research in the outskirts of my normal Berlin circles and went to Lichterfelde, a district that is part of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, which has a lot of people with a rather high income and a high age – perfect flea market district, so to say.
Arriving there, the scenery is bleak – on a huge parking lot of one of those huge hardware stores, small stands are set up in between cars and orange shopping carts. No trees or pictorial food stands to beautify the picture. So we focussed on the offered goods.
The amount of vendors is huge, although not as big as on Mauerpark, and their offer is partly good, including the epitome of flea markets, household clearances with crazily low prices, stands only selling clocks and watches and innumerable GDR memorabilia. Many of the things sold here, like unbleached, nineties jeans shorts for two Euros a piece, shirts with patterns I’m lacking the words to describe, or perfectly round sunglasses, would be sold on a Mitte flea market for quadruple prices. This is certainly a place for those who accept a rather long journey and a lot of digging through smelly piles and are eager to communicate with people you normally never meet living your life in the center of this huge city.
And not to forget, in between there are several private vendors of seasonal fruits and vegetables, often home-grown in their gardens in Poland.