How to Furnish Your Home on a Budget in Munich: Meet Diakonia

How to Furnish Your Home on a Budget in Munich: Meet Diakonia

By  Wednesday, 14.1.2015, 19:45    Moving to Munich

Once the shock of apartment rent prices has been overcome, the next step for many newcomers to Munich is how to furnish their new home. There are plenty of shops out there more than willing to swap their excellent products for a lot of your hard-earned cash, but there is another way for those on a budget...

Meet Diakonia, a very cool social project which helps the long-term unemployed, helps the environment, and certainly helps people in Munich who are struggling financially to afford quality household items at an affordable price. Quality items such as the leather sofa in the picture above for just 100 euro.

The concept is very simple and extremely successful. Many people leave items that will not be wanted by other members of their family to Diakonia in their will, I was told, and perhaps more contact the organisation to donate unwanted items, while others actually come to the seven Diakonia outlets in Munich to donate things in person. In England, we have charity shops and the Salvation Army, but Diakonia is different, and the turnover and quality of goods is amazing. A key part of the project I was told was the employment opportunities for the long-term unemployed.

In England, there is a snobbish stigma about shopping in charity shops, but not here, simply because the stuff is so good! But get here quick, as stuff moves fast! 

Some examples from yesterday's store in Dachauerstr near Olympiazentrum: This scooter just 8 euro. 

Kids training shoes a bargain at just 3 euro. 

Looking for an organ to light up your apartment? Yours for 300 euro. 

Prams can be expensive. Or not. This one for 30 euro. 

Bunk beds for the kids? A great buy at 120 euro, or delivered to your door for 160. It is possible to reserve some items, but for a limited time only. 

I spoke to one of the very helpful staff about how busy they were. There are three or four collections in the morning, and the same in the afternoon. There are many customers who come every day, or at least a few times a week. Clothes, furniture, washing machines, books, videos - it is all there.  

And of course, if you are looking for some Carnival inspiration, you have come to the right address... 

And the latest collection had just arrived, with a nice-looking kids bike the first to be unloaded.

In all there are seven outlet in Munich, as well as one in Ebersberg. Check out the details on the official website here, or follow the latest bargains on Facebook. But be quick!  

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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