So you’re new in town, got your new flat or room, and as it’s typical in Germany, it is empty, non-furnished: No bed, no closet, no desk. Here’s how to get these things for free.
But instead of buying furniture you can just get it for free. And not only furniture, even a fridge or washing machine! Here are the sources:
- Free Your Stuff Berlin (and a branch for Kreuzberg): To me, currently the best place. Especially towards the end of the month when contracts end and people need to leave, the group’s buzzing, with offers posted every 10 minutes.
- Zu Verschenken In Berlin & Brandenburg: like above, but German speaking.
- Möbel Verkaufen,Tauschen, Verschenken Berlin: focussing on furniture. Also open for sales, so look for the word “verschenken” (give for free).
A list of more “free your stuff” groups by Berlin’s district is on Expatwiki.
BSR Verschenkmarkt: Berlin’s public cleansing service runs their own portal. People can post their stuff to give (“Verschenke”) or to exchange (“Tausche”). Since many users here still want to get something in return, you will see mostly exchange ads like “Fridge in exchange for 10 liters of milk”. But mostly, it’s still a good deal, I once got a laser printer/fax for 4 bottles of multivitamin juice. 😀
eBay-Kleinanzeigen, Zu verschenken: Ebay’s German ad service does also offer a “for free” category.
Craiglist also has a Berlin category.
Do you know more? Feel free to add them in the comments!