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Dear all,

Our family will going to move to NYC very soon, will that be anyone from this area knowing that knowledge or contact as follow?

1. Electricity appliance- I knew the electricity W require different, US require 11W and europe is 220, Relocation company and most of my friend from US telling me that not move any electricity stuff, but i have my favor item such as iron board, lamps. anyone who had experience for this matter?

2. Cutain - as I might prepare my new apartment installing curtain, do anyone know any shop and street can overview?

3. Furniture - any nice furniture shop refer?

Your contact and information is much appreciated.
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Re: New York contact

Quite a few items made in Europe are dual voltage. Worth looking at them carefully. Older style lamps might be OK with a change of plug and bulb.
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Re: New York contact

You are moving to the land of shopping and you are going to be overwhelmed with the choices available in the US. I wouldn't bring over any electronic devices that generate heat, which would include your iron. You will either burn up your appliance or the transformer or both. They have irons and ironing boards in the US.

You can bring over lamps but you will have to change the plug, the lightbulbs and insert an adapter down inside each light socket to correspond to American lightbulbs. You can find all of those items at Home Depot or Lowe's.

You can buy ready-made curtains at places like Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn. If you want custom-made curtains, just google "custom made curtains Manhattan" or wherever your new neighborhood may be. There will always be someone right around you who makes curtains, pillows, bedding, slip-covers, etc. made to order.
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Re: New York contact

The electric stuff I would leave behind. I did the exact opposite of you, NYC -> CH and I was advised the same. (So unfortunate bc we had wedding gifts that were elect. devices.)

As for curtains, definitely check out Bed Bath and Beyond. You will find everything there! If you're an IKEA lover we have those there too. Pottery Barn as TheSpouse suggests is also a nice place. Although the furniture can be a little on the pricey side.

Ditto on the whole land of the shopping thing. You can literally find anything you want in NYC and that really is the beauty and allure of it.

Have fun and enjoy NYC! If you have any other questions about NYC you can PM me.
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Re: New York contact

ditto what has already been said. i would throw out almost (almost!) everything i had today if i had the ability to shop here like it was new york.

i go back each year with two empty suitcases and come back to switzerland from new york with three full suitcases

for curtains- depending on your taste- you could go crazy in the fabric district- pick your dream fabric and have them made for soooo much less than you would buy ready made generic ones here- even at coop.

as for furniture and everything else. you will be in new york. it's the perfect time to pick a neighborhood- walk there (if it's nice out) explore and shop. then you find your favorite stores, get to know the different neighborhoods and feel way more comfortable about your new home.

ok. i'm jealous. i have to seriously stop myself from shopping when i'm there as my space is limited. go crazy. enjoy!

*and i'm going to be a bi*** and say anything you think you love here (an ironing board???) you WILL find one you love more there. but i'm biased. but it's true
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ditto what has already been said. i would throw out almost (almost!) everything i had today if i had the ability to shop here like it was new york.
I don't get it. Honestly.

If (non-electric or otherwise) stuff is so much better in NY (the US) why don't you import them, fetch them yourself if necessary? I mean, you could easily get there and back for far less than a grand. You'd need near-zero luggage as you could make it a one-night stay, and bring back your coffers full of them crazed goods.

Fares permitting, you could even have them shipped.

So what am I missing?
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So what am I missing?
Deliverance and knowledge.
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I don't get it. Honestly.

If (non-electric or otherwise) stuff is so much better in NY (the US) why don't you import them, fetch them yourself if necessary? I mean, you could easily get there and back for far less than a grand. You'd need near-zero luggage as you could make it a one-night stay, and bring back your coffers full of them crazed goods.

Fares permitting, you could even have them shipped.

So what am I missing?
you are missing the fact that i said i go back to new york each year and bring things back to switzerland with me.

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i go back each year with two empty suitcases and come back to switzerland from new york with three full suitcases
in fact you are missing the obvious
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Re: New York contact

Are all these wonderful products of the same quality as American cars?
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Re: New York contact

i guess this thread is difficult for people to follow. hmmmm...

no one said anything about AMERICAN products. that could be another thread if you'd like to share your 'witty' comments... we are talking about SHOPPING. for example, here in switzerland- i can buy items from france, japan, etc. i can do the same in new york, the same items or similar, for less money.
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Re: New York contact

American cars have a huge fan base world wide. Don't take it as derogatory.

Back to the thread then, the famous Eddison Screw, obviously a US invention, is used in most Swiss light fittings, almost all in Ikea. Will an adapter be needed for these? Has the specification used both sides of the pond diverged so much that an adapter is needed?

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i guess this thread is difficult for people to follow. hmmmm...

no one said anything about AMERICAN products. that could be another thread if you'd like to share your 'witty' comments... we are talking about SHOPPING. for example, here in switzerland- i can buy items from france, japan, etc. i can do the same in new york, the same items or similar, for less money.
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Re: New York contact

I think for the people who have never experienced the "American Shopping Extravaganza" that it is hard to comprehend just how ghastly/jaw-dropping/eyes-rolling-back-in-the-head it can be.

Picture a typical strip shopping center in the US with an Old Navy, a Bed Bath and Beyond, a super Walmart, a Best Buy, a Target and Home Depot all strung together like normal. Then drop a Swiss person into that mayhem and watch them completely unravel.

I guarantee you that there are more products in those six stores than there are in all of Lausanne. The parking lot alone probably has more pavement and more cars on it than they will have ever seen in one place. And there will be another shopping center equally as large just across the street. And two miles further on, etc. etc.

So, when someone asks if they need to bring their ironing board, Americans have to chuckle. That's all. I'm not saying that half of the choices in these sprawling shopping wonderlands won't be some cheap, Chinese-made pieces of crap. They will be. But there will also be high-end brands. The key is that there will be 25 kinds of ironing boards for you to choose from, not two.
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I think for the people who have never experienced the "American Shopping Extravaganza" that it is hard to comprehend just how ghastly/jaw-dropping/eyes-rolling-back-in-the-head it can be...
I agree with this, but in my observation there's something unique about the relationship between Swiss and their irons/ironing boards. I remember the first time I walked into a shop here and saw an iron and board combo for 1200 Francs. Are you KIDDING me? It's a freaking iron!

The nice salesman: "Oh, no madam, this is a system! Every Hausfrau needs a proper ironing system."

(no, I didn't buy one)
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I agree with this, but in my observation there's something unique about the relationship between Swiss and their irons/ironing boards. I remember the first time I walked into a shop here and saw an iron and board combo for 1200 Francs. Are you KIDDING me? It's a freaking iron!

The nice salesman: "Oh, no madam, this is a system! Every Hausfrau needs a proper ironing system."

(no, I didn't buy one)
Totally have been there! A Swiss friend of mine was getting ready to go to work and he whips out this whole system and I naively asked, "Um, WHAT THE HECK IS THAT, you don't just have a normal iron?"

I got met with a similar response... "This is not JUST an iron!"
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