Berlin Shopping Expeditions

24 July 2011

humana berlin charity shop vintage

humana berlin charity shop 

Now anyone who's been on holiday with me before (or observed me in New York) knows that I regularly will disappear for a bit of shopping.  It's always interesting to see what the retail offerings they have abroad and I was most excited to see how Berlin might have changed since my last visit seven years ago.  So Feminine got in touch with me about a blogger challenge and donated a much appreciated £50 to the cause to find the ultimate fashion bargain.  Even though time was limited, I'd decided that the sole Weekday store was a must-visit but also heard about the Humana chain of charity shops thanks to a tweet from Melanie.  I managed to visit two different branches, the first at Alexanderplatz was a sprawling single level affair in contrast to the overwhelming four storeys at the Frankfurter Tor location.  I was pleasantly surprised with the selection and pricing of the items, with only a few items seeming rather steep (at first I kept confusing Euros with dollars) at over the €20 mark.  My visits to Weekday were overwhelming as I had such high expectations and wasn't quite sure where to start (most of the store was in sale) so I decided to just get a few basics. I was more drawn to their Autumnal bits and pieces like sweatshirts and wine coloured jeans but the heatwave threw me off somewhat, so I'll wait until their Selfridges concession opens (well Cheap Monday at least). I've decided to count only the vintage items as part of the challenge as they were under £50 in total, so any thing with a '€' counts!

weekday berlin exterior

weekday berlin inside

vintage sunflower and lemon print dress

vintage sunflower and lemon print dress
Used some of Carrie's Photoshop actions for this photo; they're such a quick way to edit!

lemon and sunflower vintage fabric

Sunflower and lemon print dress - Humana €16
Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens for H&M
Sunglasses - c/o Mister Spex
Belt - Angels Sale

I was pretty certain I'd end up shortening this dress but after seeing these photos, I think I'll keep it as it is.  I don't have very many maxi lengths as it's tricky to get the right fit in the body, but I was drawn to this style due to the unusual print (repping Stella McCartney SS11 with the lemon and sunflower combination) and cut-out back detail.  It's very rare that I find decent vintage dresses but Humana seemed to have a few contenders, though due to the slightly higher prices I told myself I could only bring back one.  It is very much a summer dress so I'll have to brave it and get maximum wear for the next couple of months.

grey marl weekday tee spot vintage skirt

Spot midi skirt - Humana €6
Grey marl tee - Weekday
Shoes - Zalando
Belt - Charity Shop
Bracelet - Soho

vintage lace top blur starburst midi skirt

Midi skirt, Lace top - Humana €7, €3

More pleated midi skirts!  It's crazy to think that earlier this year I possessed one and now I have several.  The first style is an interesting take on polka dots and is the only style with those all important belt loops that most skirts seem to lack.  I thought the second number was very Whistles in the way the pleats are formed and couldn't leave it behind.  The lace top has a pretty scalloped-edge detail at the sleeves and hem and reminded me of some of the pricier American Apparel styles. 

vintage navy floral dress, hasbeens

Dress - Humana €6

This isn't my usual dress style as I'm usually a fit and flare kinda gal, but I decided to give this one a chance due to the low price and ease of wear.  Perfect for days when you have no idea what to wear.

weekday top tape yarn cardigan topshop skirt

Cardigan - Humana €6
Striped top - Weekday
Skirt - Topshop
Brogues - Office

Finally some knitwear!  I can rarely find decent vintage cardigans and I'm forever wishing that most jumpers could just somehow mutate and provide the perfect cover up.  This style is knitted with tape yarn, something that I've seen a lot of on the High Street but had never quite got round to trying it out for myself.  Although a few of the stitches have been pulled, it simply adds to the look and keeps it from looking too neat.

vintage lace shirt cranberry a line skirt lace collar

Lace Blouse, Skirt -Humana €3, €4
Lace Collar - Asos

This is more or less what I wore a couple of days ago, deciding to jazz up the lace blouse even further by adding the Asos collar (found in their epic sale).  The skirt is the perfect A-line shape and is one of my favourite colours, cranberry.  I've already worn it so many times that the cost per wear is about 30p.

My total Humana spend was £44.73 for the two dresses, three skirts, two lace tops and cardigan leaving me a few more pennies to go towards my Weekday buys.  I'm glad I had such a successful visit as my 'Summer' wardrobe is pretty much sorted and luckily Ryanair didn't charge me any overweight fees.  I would definitely recommend a visit there though I wouldn't mind seeing some of the more typical vintage stores when I return to see how they differ.  Which is your favourite bargain item?

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  2. The sunflower and lemon dress looks so gorgeous and striking on you, very nice indeed! x

  3. Oooo there's so much swag (in both senses of the word ahaha) here! You've been very successful with your purchases. I particularly adore the daisy print dress, the AA-looking lace top (was convinced it was AA - lucky you for finding a cheap look-a-like) and the cranberry skirt. Styled really nicely; looks like you're going to have a relaxed summer in the wardrobe department :) xxx

  4. What a fantastic shopping spree! Love the first dress - gorgeous length and print!

  5. Wow, you got some great bargains. Particularly love the navy dress with the white flours! Looks gorgeous.


  6. Loving literally every one of those outfits especially the yellow, floral dress! Beautiful.

  7. Awesome outfits - I especially like the two lace tops.

  8. Love the red skirt - just my kind of thing! So excited to get around to seeing you soon!

  9. The sunflower dress and the cardigan are my favourites, and can be warn together during chillier (have i spelt that right? Probs not) days.


  10. I love your outfits! Stunning. The Sunflower dress is just beautiful on you.
    I'm very jealous of the Humana shift dress too!

    Perfect with the sandals!

    Girl about Town Xxx

  11. Your have some lovely purchases here! And I'm exactly the same with wandering off to go shopping...actually I wander off quite a lot for walks etc Its fun to just have a mosey round on your own sometimes :)

    Little Humble Fashion Abode

  12. Good work! Particularly like the pleated skirts. Love how hilariously vague the So Feminine things seems to have been - have seen a bunch of bloggers post and they have very little in common! Nice treat though.

  13. I love every single one of those looks, in particular the yellow floral dress. I think it is the perfect length for you and you have reminded me how much I need brown brogues...I only have black or white and that will just not do!!

    Caz x

  14. I love that floral maxi! Such a sweet print, looks great!

  15. I love the second and last outfit posts, they look amazing! I was actually lucky enough to find a pair of hasbeens in the sale recently (in black but I prefer your brown ones) and this has given me inspiration on how I should wear them

  16. Brilliant finds; you really put the money to good use, I love each one. Lovely look adding that collar to the mix in the last photograph too, looks great! x

  17. need to get to berlin, Humana looks amazing!

  18. love that first dress! Please check out my blog, ive followed you :D x

  19. These all look great! Love the sunflower maxi/tan shoes combo especially though xx

  20. Ohhhh the Humana shops are awesome. The best one I have found is in Wedding. It's massive and waaaaay cheaper than the others. I found an amazing camel leather crop top in there a couple of weeks ago!
    Sounds awful but trust me, it's hotness :)

    You bought some amazing bits! How the hell did you carry it all back on the plane?

    God, I miss Berlin already.... think I might go back for my bday at the end of this month!



  21. Beautiful blog! I'm very jealous of your shopping trip in Berlin, it looks like you found some really wonderful things, that cardigan from Humana in particular is gorgeous <3