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Old 19.05.2011, 14:00
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

I once found 50 DM when I stopped to take a piss, but that was in Germany.

Here, when it's big garbage day, we generally come home with more stuff than we throw out!

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Old 19.05.2011, 14:05
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

Hehehe....the scandanavian chair is the best! Congrats.

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Old 19.05.2011, 14:07
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Grynch - sorry, but finders keepers
I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE !!! ( err.. wait... no I don't )









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Old 19.05.2011, 14:07
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There was a pavement pizza outside our front door this morning.............
..... what ..... carrot on a pizza? Never seen that offered as an extra topping.
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

Hmmm....best find I think I had, was 20 francs one time, about 60 baby's dummies, a dead squirrel, and a bike in the river. Wow huh??



(I didn't collect the dummies though....)
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Old 19.05.2011, 14:16
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

For my first lap top, (and my old Psion palm top), I had a HP potable printer (bought 15yrs ago in US). For home use it had an attachable sheet feeder. Unfortunately a couple of small springs broke/got lost, that hold the "arms" up to stop the printed paper shooting onto the floor.

Years later, I found the exact same sheet feeder with the rubbish outside my m-i-l's.

Although pleased as punch with my "new" replacement, it was all a bit academic, as I can no longer find ink cartridges for the printer.
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Old 19.05.2011, 14:18
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Hmmm....best find I think I had, was 20 francs one time, about 60 baby's dummies, a dead squirrel, and a bike in the river. Wow huh??



(I didn't collect the dummies though....)

so you DID collect the dead squirrel then?
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Old 19.05.2011, 14:19
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For my first lap top, (and my old Psion palm top), I had a HP potable printer (bought 15yrs ago in US). For home use it had an attachable sheet feeder. Unfortunately a couple of small springs broke/got lost, that hold the "arms" up to stop the printed paper shooting onto the floor.

Years later, I found the exact same sheet feeder with the rubbish outside my m-i-l's.

Although pleased as punch with my "new" replacement, it was all a bit academic, as I can no longer find ink cartridges for the printer.
Oh the irony...!

I forgot to mention I also found a white thong in my garden a few weeks ago...I assumed it fell from someone's balcony upstairs and considered throwing it back up...but then, what if I threw it into the wrong flat...?
So I left it there and the next day it was gone...
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Old 19.05.2011, 14:26
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I found 50 CHF my husband told me to return them and I told him to ...
to...? im just curious lol
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Old 19.05.2011, 14:42
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

Do those long, thin rubber, slimy balloons count?
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Old 19.05.2011, 14:49
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

My best find so far has been about 20 years worth of historic National Geographic magazines (in English!) at the local dechetterie. Grabbed them quick and have enjoyed ever since.
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Old 19.05.2011, 15:15
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

A lovely set of 6 stainless steel professional chef's whisks.
With which I was (& still am) very chuffed with, as I'd just been contemplating my lack of decent whisks only a week or so previously.
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Old 19.05.2011, 15:24
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Oh the irony...!

I forgot to mention I also found a white thong in my garden a few weeks ago...I assumed it fell from someone's balcony upstairs and considered throwing it back up...but then, what if I threw it into the wrong flat...?
So I left it there and the next day it was gone...
alas, somethongs just arent meant to be...

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Old 19.05.2011, 15:36
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I forgot to mention I also found a white thong in my garden a few weeks ago...
Did they smell clean?
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Old 19.05.2011, 15:38
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

3 sledges

1 childs bike

1 Adult bike

5CHF piece
but I saw the most beautiful cabinet about 2 metres long, beautifully carved but too large for me so I rang my friend and she had it!!
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Old 19.05.2011, 15:51
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Re: What have you found for free on Switzerland's streets?

Random people who walk up to me if I'm speaking in English and ask me if I'm on EF or if I'm with an EF group which was supposed to meet here... blah blah blah! You guys know the drill.

p.s. Don't know what I'd do without you guys though :-)
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Old 19.05.2011, 16:11
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Basel used to have four "throw out" days a year. I got a few bits and pieces; the hunt was as fun as the discovery though; especially in Winter when it was dark and you didn't really know what condition (or even colour, under street lights) until you got your new find home.

They aren't doing it any more so there aren't set times to go out hunting any more. Pity. It was one of the highlights of this place for me!
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Old 19.05.2011, 16:55
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Okay, so when we first moved here, the big collection day was like a mighty treasure hunt... Unfortunately, they changed it so all the stuff people want to get rid of goes in a huge container and gets smashed up into pieces so noone can enjoy it...

Anyway things we found in the good old days (last year):

A brand new blender
A big sturdy kitchen table
Brand new casserole pot with lid (brand new in Migros 80 bucks)
Set of 3 cooking pots with lids all brand new
A bag of 30+ lighters... though now, they seem to have all disappeared!
A couple of pyrex dishes
A bag of old school oil lanterns
A big shelving unit for the cave
Plant pots


I used to love big throw out days!
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Old 19.05.2011, 17:19
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Basel used to have four "throw out" days a year. I got a few bits and pieces; the hunt was as fun as the discovery though; especially in Winter when it was dark and you didn't really know what condition (or even colour, under street lights) until you got your new find home.

They aren't doing it any more so there aren't set times to go out hunting any more. Pity. It was one of the highlights of this place for me!
They still do it like that here, first Wednesday of the month for our area. Seen some very nice stuff out for pick up!. But we're already too cramped and need to add to the pile that day rather than take from.

When I lived up in the mountains it was an ex-industrial area and home to Thorens, Paillard, and Bolex. Lots of friends with super cool old vacuum tube Thorens radios at home found in the trash. I found a Hewlett Packard oscilloscope there, and it works! (and was the first 'storage' scope with memory, all vacuum tubes).
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Found a total of 40fr in change last year on the streets and in the train station. Donated it to the Glückskette.
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