How to sort trash from treasure for at Germany’s flea markets

How to sort trash from treasure for at Germany’s flea markets

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Bargain hunters throughout the land are rejoicing at the gradual return of flea markets in Germany. With all that pent-up shopping demand finally finding an escape valve, the desire to purchase anything and everything is understandable. While finding something that fits the bill in terms of color, design, functionality and price is certainly reason enough to snap up an item on the spot, label-conscious shoppers might wish to focus on some of Germany’s upscale brands and most reputable manufacturers. Here’s a handy guide to just a few of the names that are closely associated with Germany’s well-earned reputation for top-quality goods.

Bicycles: Canyon, Cube, FOCUS, Kalkhoff, Prophete, Raleigh, Storck, Silverback; for E-bikes, Reisse & Müller

Cameras: Leica above all; also Exakta, KW, Pentacon, Voigtländer, Zeiss

Christmas decor: For glass ornaments: Farbglashütte Lauscha, Krebs Glas Lauscha, Lauschaer Glaskunst; for smokers: Armin Braun, Crottendorfer, Frank Beyer; for figures: Wendt und Kühn; for pyramids: Jürgen Huss, Katrin Eckert, Richard Glässer, Seiffener Volkskunst; Volker und Heiko Flath, Wolfgang Braun

Fashion: Betty Barclay, Buffalo, Cecil, Hallhuber, Hugo Boss, Jil Sander, JOOP!, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Cain, Marc O'Polo, MCM, s. Oliver, Schumaker, Street One, Tom Tailor, Ulla Popken, Zero

Glassware: Jenaer, Nachtmann, Schott Zwiesel, Spiegelau

Handbags: Abro, Aigner, Braun Büffel, Bree, Escada, Liebeskind, MCM, Picard

Home electronics: Blaupunkt, Grundig, Loewe, Medion, Metz, Miele, Robert Bosch, Siemens

Jackets and outerwear: Bogner, Fuchs & Schmitt, Schöffel, Wellensteyn

Jewelry: Coeur de Lion, Nina Kastens, Wellendorff, Wempe

Kitchen: BSF (cutlery), Fissler, Rösle, Silit, WMF, Zwilling

Porcelain dishes and figurines: Friesland, Fürstenberg, Gerold & Company, Goebel, Gmunder, Hutschenreuther, Jaeger, Kahla, Konigliche Porzellan Manfaktur (marked KPM), Meissen, Rosenthal, Seltmann Weiden

Sportswear: Adidas, Jack Wolfskin, PUMA, VAUDE

Toys: Bruder, HABA, Hape, Käthe Kruse, Märklin, Playmobil, Ravensburger, Schleich, Steiff

Trachten (Lederhosen and Dirndls): Allgäuer, Chiemgauer, Miesbacher, Moser, Werdenfelser

Watches: Glashütte Original, Junghans, Junkers, Lange & Söhne, Meistersinger, Montblanc

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