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second hand shopping in switzerland?

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coming from the UK and US I am used to doing shopping for cheap second hand stuff, like charity shops and gumtree/craigslist. Is there an equivalent in Switzerland?

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Felix
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

Check out the local Brockihaus, Brocki, or names with Brocki in it. You will find one in many mid-sized towns, two or more in the cities throughout Switzerland.
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Check out the local Brockihaus, Brocki, or names with Brocki in it. You will find one in many mid-sized towns, two or more in the cities throughout Switzerland.
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or their French equivalent, brocante, according to leo.org
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

No.

Swiss only buy new expensive things.

In Zurich, once year people take their heavily used items (often used as many as 4 or 5 times) into town, where they set fire to them and celebrate the start of a new shopping year. This is called Sechselauten.



(here you can see them burning a Snowman model they had bought for the christmas before)
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

Emmaus, Caritas, Croce Verde in Ticino.

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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

Online you have www.ricardo.ch, www.tutti.ch, www.anibis.ch, and www.piazza.ch

Flea-markets are also a source for second hand stuff.

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hey people,

coming from the UK and US I am used to doing shopping for cheap second hand stuff, like charity shops and gumtree/craigslist. Is there an equivalent in Switzerland?

Thanks!

Felix

Hi Felix,
Lausanne has loads of second hand shops.
Here's the link with the adresses and what they're selling.

http://www.lausanne.ch/view.asp?DocID=21398
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

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www.troc.ch they have a shop in Villars in Lausanne North. Sometimes they have superb stuff, other times not so good. Just depends on what's coming in. People can take stuff to them to sell,, and when they do they take 30%.

But it is not like in the UK, where many high streets have a charity shop every 3 or 4 shops. Just come back from our small market town in the UK where there is Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, RSPCA, Local wildlife hospital, local hospice, MIND, all in a small town centre.

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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

thanks people - this is really helpful... I am hoping not to blow my salary on crazy swiss prices for things...
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

It depend where you live. But basically you have "l'armée du salut", "caritas", the red cross, "le centre protestant" (that's in the french par of switzerland). You also have flea markets pretty much everywhere, specially in summer.
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

I had a quick question to those who answered this or maybe this is for another group. Someone mentioned Swiss buy new things, but in terms of toys for babies and kids, would you say people (expats/swiss) buy used/second hand toys if they are in great condition and right price?
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

Most villages in CH have 'Ludothèques' eg toy libraries where you can borrow toys, puzzles, etc, for a limited period of time- so kids get a variety without the house being taken over by toys, and they will happily take donations if in perfect order. Swiss people are like any people, varied and different- some buy second -hand, some not. You can put an ad in your local Migros, or take them to a Troc shop- they will sell for you and take 30%.

BTW most villages organise regular sales/swap for kids sports equipment which has been outgrown. Here we have one late autumn for ice-skates, skis, snowboards and boots, etc. then another in Spring for bikes, rollerskates and blades, etc. Brilliant - helps families and cut on loads of terrible waste.
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

In Bulle, FR, there is a shop called "Coup d'Pouce" - they call themselves a "supermarché d'occasion". I'm not sure I'd call them a supermarché but there certainly is a lot of choice. Mugs were 50c, for example, if I remember correctly. Shot glasses, 20c. Just to give you an idea.
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

there are also fleamarkets. In Zürich, the best one is at Helvetiaplatz on Saturdays.
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there are also fleamarkets. In Zürich, the best one is at Helvetiaplatz on Saturdays.
That one is fantastic.
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

And don't forget antique shops - they are everywhere, and very good value compared to UK as modern flat living is not compatible, in style or in size.
Some towns are famous for them, like Romainmotiers, Le Landeron, St Ursanne. Lots of antique and brocante fairs all over the place.
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

We have second hand toys/clothes market in our gemeinde i think once a year. There´s even for bikes. We were able to get very cheap, good stuff--a box of legos,a 1000pc puzzle(still new),a warmbottle(or is it pillow?), a hulahoop, and a small toy all for 10 chf.
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Re: second hand shopping in switzerland?

http://www.flohmarktkanzlei.ch/



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coming from the UK and US I am used to doing shopping for cheap second hand stuff, like charity shops and gumtree/craigslist. Is there an equivalent in Switzerland?

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Felix
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hey people,

coming from the UK and US I am used to doing shopping for cheap second hand stuff, like charity shops and gumtree/craigslist. Is there an equivalent in Switzerland?

Thanks!

Felix
Most places have open flea markets once a week.like the Zurich flea market on every Saturday's.if you are willing to out in the effort ,one does get stuff, sometime even new, for good price.since they don't have any shop rent to pay, unlike the brocki the starting prices are still lower.
As for the online ones, I haven't ordered any.but I have heard ( read in a blog) the mail delivery is notorious for being late
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Most places have open flea markets once a week.like the Zurich flea market on every Saturday's.if you are willing to out in the effort ,one does get stuff, sometime even new, for good price.since they don't have any shop rent to pay, unlike the brocki the starting prices are still lower.
As for the online ones, I haven't ordered any.but I have heard ( read in a blog) the mail delivery is notorious for being late
You can have a look at my last week Zurich flea market shopping .I be uploaded
A photo of all I bought
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