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Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Have been coming to Switzerland regularly for about 5 years now (from France and now from Belgium) to visit my dad, who was frequently in Bern for work. He has recently retired and I'm here tying up loose ends, selling his apartment contents, getting his mail. I did want to thank everyone for this forum tho as I have used it extensively over the years to track down things to do with my two girls.

I see that I can't post items for sale on here as I need to have at least 10 posts. Does anyone in Bern area have other ideas for me? Am here one more day and then back again for the Christmas weeks.

We're going to try to figure out how to keep coming as frequently - we spend 8-10 weeks/year here and my girls have made some lovely friends. If anyone has ideas on that besides rental places and Airbnb I'm all ears.

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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Try brocki/brockenhaus/brocantes (secondhand places) or HIOB who are also a brocki. If it's in good conditon they'll take it for free, but not buy it off you.

Short of getting a job here which is difficult for a non-EU, then it's holiday rentals for you I'm afraid.
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Thanks for the info on the brocki -- so they will purchase things? One table is so big/heavy I'm incapable of moving it but the other items might work.

My husband is an EU-citizen, so are our kids. I had actually been wondering about time-share (do people still do that? or am I stuck in the 80s?) or even renting a tiny apartment year round. When I look at holiday rentals the prices seem very high compared to monthly rents. Or am I missing the plot somewhere?
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Tutti.ch is great as well as ricardo.ch to sell stuff. Especially if you don't want to limit yourself to expats but sell to the other 75% of the population...
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Have listed everything on Tutti as well as a facebook sale group for Bern area, however I don't speak German. Do speak French and Dutch, so I thought I'd relist them in French on tutti. Have heard tons of French speakers around Bern. For the German I've been using google translate, which is fine until they want to phone me
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Don't know if the brocki will buy items off you, I've never used them only HIOB.

Not sure how big timeshare is in Switzerland.

Other private places to sell stuff are:

www.anibis.ch
www.petitesannonces.ch
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Real Brockis will never pay for the things you bring in. They are non-profit-organisations and will refuse things if they won't go. Huge mirrored armoires are never welcome, I tried:-)

However, you can ask them to come to your house or show them photos beforehand. If they find something to their liking, they will move it to their Brocki for free.
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

To get rid of things for free (= you get no money, but someone does the work of collecting the stuff from your dad’s home), you can ask any Brockenhaus. I agree with other posters that I have never heard of a Brockenhaus paying for the goods.Having said that, private individuals often will do so.

www.fleedoo.ch is a website to advertise goods for free (= not just placing the ad is free, but you are not selling but giving away for free)

To either give away (for free) or to sell at a fixed price, I know, in addition to those already mentioned be previous posters:
www.gratis-inserate.ch

In your position, I wouldn’t be intimidated by not speaking German. Just write the ad in English, Dutch and French, as best you can, and maybe the few key search-words in German, too.

You are more likely to find buyers (or collectors for free) if you specify a lot of information in your ad.
  • Make a good title, using at least one carefully chosen adjective and approximate synonyms in several languages, e.g. “Sofa, Couch, Liege, Tagesbett, Recamier”.
  • Upload as many – different – photos as the site will allow you. If the object opens, then photos of the outside and the inside.
  • If you know how to, technically, first mark the dimensions on the images.
  • In any case, write all the dimensions Width x Depth x Height, including aspects such as, for a sofa: “maximum height including legs” and for a table “x cm long, with two extensions of y cm each, total length x+y”.
  • Also write (and photograph) any defects honestly. “Some light scratches from the last move”.
  • If appropriate, add: “from a non-smoking, animal-free household”.
  • Specify whether or not you can deliver, or whether the goods must be collected (this latter is usual, in private sales)
  • Specify when collection is possible, e.g. “immediately up until Saturday 14th November, and then again from Thursday 10th December”.
  • Do not specify your or your dad’s name or address, but use a pseudonym (also in the email address). Do not use a landline number, but a mobile phone number.

Having gone to that much trouble, it is worth uploading your ad on ALL the sites.

You could also print the ads out and hang them up for free in the local Coop and Migros stores.

As far as the other part of your question is concerned, about accommodation, I would recommend joining www.couchsurfing.com, which is free.They make their income from ads.You can make a profile there (with pseudonyms) and then browse through lots of other profiles, and select people you think you’d like to meet, and write to ask them whether you can stay over with them for free.As opposed to AirBnB, where you pay for the room, all hosting and surfing is free on couchsurfing.The understanding is that the safe place to sleep is free, but not, for example, food or entrance fees. It is not just for single people, but families can couchsurf, too.It’s always a matter of finding people who have the space and who would like to host you.Folks are more likely to host you if your profile is detailed, showing what interests you, what moves your heart, so they can get a sense of who you are, and why they would potentially enjoy hosting you.Guests (surfers) and hosts do not have to spend every minute together, it’s always a matter of working out, together, what suits both.You do not have to host them in return, nor anyone else, unless you would like to do so.
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

back to posts 4 & 5, ricardo.ch can be done in either French or German, but as it takes a time to set up the account, i.e. believe they post you something to your address, probably not enough time for you do.

Other thoughts on either selling or giving away for free, see local supermarket free add boards - you usually need to pick up the postcard sized blank from the supermarket service desk. photos are handy as well as giving the address of pick up
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Thanks so much for all the tips. I do have a Ricardo account/code that I activated over the summer when I was looking to buy things (not knowing the retirement was so imminent!). But will this really bring in a different crowd of buyers than Tutti?

I will take a look at couchsurfing too. Have heard of it but never done it.

Any other suggestions very welcome. And it's good to know I can have the Brocki pick up items if they don't sell. I think all the items are sale-able, nothing is really outdated even if it is perhaps not to everyone's taste.
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Main problem you may get is that people won't want to wait until Christmas to get an item. Or do you plan to make a quick trip back if someone's interested?

Also remember that a lot of places will be closed for part of Christmas/New Year at least so arranging for a brocki to collect items could be difficult.
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

I was hoping that more would have sold on this trip, but still a couple big items (which I had put on Tutti a week before arriving). Good reminder about things being closed over Christmas. If I don't manage to get it all cleared out then, we have until end of January and I can come back again, if the roads are OK.

I'm too far really to come back easily and quickily. Are most buyers reliable here?
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I was hoping that more would have sold on this trip, but still a couple big items (which I had put on Tutti a week before arriving). Good reminder about things being closed over Christmas. If I don't manage to get it all cleared out then, we have until end of January and I can come back again, if the roads are OK.

I'm too far really to come back easily and quickily. Are most buyers reliable here?

Buyers can be very reliable or completely unreliable. You just never know.


There is also a Yahoo Group in Switzerland where you can post in English.
It is called Swiss Swap and Shop.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...apandShop/info


Members are all over Switzerland.
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Re: Canadian in Gumligen to help move my dad out!

Thanks for the yahoo group, have just sent it around.

I was hoping the Swiss buyers might be ultra-reliable and arrive on time In which case if it's like everwhere else I don't think I could allow myself to drive down just for a sale that might not go through.

There are few items that would warrant it. A couple of the pieces are nice quality but the rest is IKEA
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