Located on the outskirts of Berlin city ring, in the Wilmersdorf district, the traditional flea market am Fehrbelliner Platz, is the place where art lovers and flea market fans alike, meet. It is open two days a week (depending on the season), right on the esplanade of the metro station “Fehrbellinerplatz“, which make it pretty easy to reach by public transport.
The Art & flea market on Fehrbellinerplatz mostly showcases art and antiques, but clothing, furniture and other junk items are also sold. The market exclusively offers used products: selling new items is expressly prohibited by the market management, thereby guaranteeing a certain level of genuineness.
However, various booth sell self-produced goods, often made from recycled materials. Incidentally, several artists, gallery owners and art dealers show up at the flea market am Fehrbelliner Platz to sell their paintings. From fine art and portraits to crafts and smaller installations, its is possible to find pretty much everything.
Last but not least, the Fehrbelliner Platz flea market also has a few food stalls to satisfy all kinds of appetites. The very location of the flea market, ideally situated near cafes and boulevards leading to the Fehrbelliner Platz, make it an attraction to many passersby. Also, the Fehrbelliner Platz station features a shopping arcade with 20 retail spaces that daily attract a large audience to the Fehrbelliner Platz.
The Park Café, which is located directly on the Fehrbelliner Platz, attracts numerous visitors alike and also offers flea market visitors a comfortable place to relax and indulge after a morning spent strolling the many flea markets’ booths.
Due to its long tradition, the Art and Flea Market on Fehrbelliner Platz is not only popular among long-established Ur-Berliners, but also among tourists. During the Kunstmeilen-Saison, the Fehrbelliner Platz flea market takes place twice a week and is almost always populated by numerous visitors rummaging between the booths.
Experienced buyers who have regularly been strolling this flea market for years, know that haggling at the Fehrbelliner Platz flea market requires a bit of negotiating skills.
When negotiating with sellers, it is therefore generally advised to go below their personal “pain threshold” (the Schmerzgrenze in German). “Just be brave,” is the motto here for a successful purchase. Start by asking for instance “Wo liegt ihre Schmerzgrenze für das Objekt?”, and wait for the merchant to get back to you with a proper offer. From here, offer a slightly lower bid (15 to 20% below the price the seller gave you), and go on with the negotiation.
The merchant should know how to act. And as we always say, don’t be afraid to walk away if (or pretend to), to see how the merchant will react. With enough negotiating skills, it is really possible to find great deals at the Fehrbelliner Platz flea market. Overall, the Fehrbelliner Platz Market offers a truly authentic and original flea market experience, like in few other places in Berlin.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Arrive at flea markets armed with general market prices for the items from the periods you’re interested in. If you have a smartphone, search eBay and the web for prices on comparable items once you find something specific you like. If the item seems over-priced, consider that extra room to negotiate.
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