Waste management in Munich is very important business. Nothing can just be thrown away if it can be reused: this is the motto here.
This is very obvious in Halle 2. This is the place run by the city of Munich, where people can buy objects that were thrown away by their owners but are still in good condition and they can be used. This includes everything: pieces of furniture (sofas, tables, chairs etc), kitchen items (plates, glasses, cutlery), paintings, electronic devices, books, cds, and the offer changes everyday. The idea here is not that the city earns from the selling, but that items change owner and are not destroyed or simply thrown away, when they could be useful to someone.
Thanks to this concept, the prices are literally symbolic, with books being sold for € 0.50, living room tables for € 5, or a set of wine glasses for € 2.
For me, it more of a treasure hunt, as you can never know what will be on sale every time you visit, but at the same time it makes me happy to support the city in managing the household waste in an optimized and environmental friendly way.
Tip: every Saturday at 11:00 there is an auction where more “valuable” items are auctioned among the Halle 2’s visitors – have a look as it is pretty interesting even if you are not interested in buying anything.