The 48er-Tandler is something like the junk dealer of Vienna’s department for waste management. Actually the city’s administration is organized in many municipal departments (called “Magistratsabteilungen” = MA) and the waste management’s one is number MA 48.
Knowing that Tandler is the old Austrian word for a small trader, it is not difficult at all to guess where the name of this exceptional shop comes from. Exceptional, because what is sold here are things their former owners actually intended to throw away, but then fortunately brought it to a collection point. Most of the offered items were collected at disposal sites, supplemented with never picked up stuff from the lost-property office and discharged furniture and utensils from the city’s property.
Instead of a fusty store, here the products present themselves clean and intact in an appealing atmosphere. The chances for real bargains are high -I can personally confirm – and with the revenue social institutions in Vienna for homeless, refugees and animal protection are supported.
Doubtless, shopping here creates win-win-situations. If you are able to speak German, you will discover in addition the special charm of the 48er-Guys and girls. If not, you maybe still can get the nuances by watching the music video of the shop’s own band consisting of five employees of the MA 48 department, singing of course about the 48er-Tandler.