Discarded free stuff
People here love to recycle, especially giving unwanted items a new life by leaving them on the street. But the spirit of giving can also go overboard, for example the Facebook group Free Your Stuff Berlin. With over 86,000 members, competition is fierce and people spend hours clicking “refresh”, trolling posts, and battling wrist cramps all for an IKEA house plant. Sometimes there is really good stuff, like newish furniture -- but you're also likely to come across old house shoes and used underwear.
Other people's old stuff
Berliners don’t want to sit in gorgeously decorated, slickly designed drinking dens. They want a bar thrown together from mismatched flea market furniture, peeling wallpaper, and rickety tables covered in candle wax. For another example, look at Humana. You’d think this popular chain of second-hand shops is the sort of place you’d only shop for an '80s theme party. However, pop into one and you’ll be genuinely surprised at many tracksuits, unfashionable pumps, and tassled men’s shirts there are for rather high prices.