A new take on trash reduction, the 48er Tandler (The 48’s Scrap Dealer) is the latest innovation of Vienna’s beloved bright orange-clad MA 48
(Magistratsabteilung 48, the department of waste disposal). Open since August 2015, this second hand shop in the 5th district aims to find new homes for the many used-but-functional goods disposed at the city’s various Mistplätze (trash depots).
You can find almost anything here, affordable and gently used: furniture, home decor, dishware, electronics, bikes, exercise machines, clothing, books, musical instruments, board games, toys and puzzles. Their inventory varies; when we visited it included several Austrian treasures, such as Gmundner ceramics and historical photographs of Vienna. All the wares are displayed in creative and fun ways, rendering digging through bins or muscling open overstuffed clothes racks a thing of the past.
The only real disappointment is that their highly original furniture, made of old trashcans, bathtubs and dumpsters, is among the few things not for sale. It is actually part of the decor, designed to give tired parents a rest while their kids peruse the toy section. Fortunately, the designers behind 48er Tandler’s look have their own shops where you can find that intriguing conversation piece to give your apartment the finishing touch.
The 48er Tandler – accessible on the 12A bus line
5., Siebenbrunnenfeldgasse 3
Kellerwerk has an excellent selection of quirky lamps and other upcycled furniture and accessories.
6., Gumpendorfer Straße 48, Tue–Fri 11:00–18:00, Sat 10:00–15:00
Johannes Petrisic creates beautiful custom designs using second-hand pieces upon request. Visit his website to check out his portfolio of amazing refurbished furniture.
Trash Design Manufaktur converts trash into furniture, home decor, jewelry and accessories, all while helping the long-term unemployed develop new skills.
14., Vogtgasse 29, 1140, Mon-Wed 9:00-17:00, Thu 9:00-19:00 Fri 9:00-12:00