Any street-savvy Berliner with a handful of shiny euros buried in his pocket and an itch for a miniature red-and-green garden gnome knows to look no further than Knüller Kiste. By all appearances, this nondescript 99-cent shop resembles any other dingy store purveying mass-produced, plastic curiosities, but Knüller Kiste possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that keeps the cool kids coming.
Is it a paper lantern candle-holder that’s tinder-in-the-making that you seek? How about ruled, pea-green stationery, the likes of which you haven’t seen since the second grade? A go-to for shiny, adorable baubles and useless bric-a-brac, Knüller Kiste just might be the less-then-one-euro, bank-saving treasure trove you never knew you’d been searching for all your life. And now you’ve found it; or, rather, it found you.