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Don't worry about funny looks for Prix Garantie/ALDI/LIDL/M Budget stuff - after the next coming financial crash you'll be seen as a visionary!
My Mum was allways taking about how great value Lidl was as it's been in UK for many years.I didn't quite belive her until a lidl was build in my village and I ventured in to see what all the fuss was about.
I managed to kit out halve my business from the furniture you can buy there half the price of Ikea.I was lucky to find things I wanted it's well worth a visit.
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Amogles, the key to get decent antiques at reasonable price is to get away from Geneva, zurich and tourist areas. I have found fantastic antique shops all around here, with extremely knowledgeable owners. I particularly go to an antique shop in a small village (Bevaix) near Neuchatel which is FULL to the brim with the most wonderful armoires, dressers, etc. Great centers are also St Ursanne in the Jura, Le Landeron near Bienne (they have a huge antique fair every year - but also many shops).

Going back to Nil's thread about Swiss shopping and using services abroad. An article in our local paper explaining the huge rise is cross border shopping from the NE Jura to Morteau or Pontarlier, which is fuelled mainly by the strong exchange rate for the Chuff, then by the difference in prices. In Morteau, the big supermarket says 50%+ of their sales are to Swiss. Recently, it is not only people living close to the border (like us) but increasingly people travelling from further away, like Neuchatel and Biel/Bienne. The key is the exchange rate - which is making it increasingly difficult for the Swiss to export goods.
Ooooh, I love Pontalier, so fun. The best thing about that town are the underwear shops and sewing shop. Lovely.
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Tell me when you want to visit again and will do a Thelma and Louise in town- with lunch at the Brasserie.
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Talk to you local Brocki. Mine have never turned anything down.
I'm in the French part. Is that dasheterie? I mean the place where I drop the garbage? Do they pay anything? Or they just do you a favour by taking it without any fee?
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