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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

I too am relocating out of Switzerland and would like to sell my high value household goods - at a deep discount.

I would like to know if anyone has advice on holding an open house to sell the full spectrum of household goods (ranging from cookware to bedroom furniture).

I am using ricardo, tutti and ebay, but would still appreciate finding out more here about other on-line possibilities to sell my goods.

Thank you for any advice anyone can provide.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

I second local Facebook groups, Anibis and tutti. I’ve picked up free stuff this way You might not get rid of all of it that way but at least some would get taken.
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Old 08.06.2019, 08:56
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Put it up on tutti as "gratis". You'll be surprised what lengths people will travel to get free stuff. Take no reservations - first come first served is the rule.
Surprised it works on tutti, I'm on another group and it didn't always work like magic. I actually got the advice to attach a small price to everything as people might think that if it's gratis it's not worth the effort of coming to pick it up.
I'll try this site too next time lol.
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Here in Lugano Caritas has picked up unwanted (large) furniture items from me on three different occasions over the years. Just needed to send some snaps for them to look at, then they called to set a date/time for pickup. There is also "Free Your Stuff in Lugano" FB page. Free is a compelling price for many!
We have had to deal with clearing out a ton of unwanted items left in the house we just moved into. Have met some really nice people who have come to collect items. Unfortunately some things with no chance for rehoming had to be taken to the local recycling centre.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Some local recycling centers give items one last chance to be rehomed. I feel those centers that don't, aren't living up to their name and need new policies issued by the local council.

I've personally seen refugees being shown the selection of unwanted items they could take home at our local recycling center. You should have seen their eyes and gestures. First it was joy, then angst, then joy again. They had to be reassured it was perfectly acceptable to take these things without upsetting the system.

That was a successful moment of sustainability and humanity. All at the recycling center.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

This thread reminded me to check to see if the churches that has planned clothing and goods collections in the spring and then postponed due to the pandemic had announced new dates. And sure enough, I seem to have missed the new dates.

I wish collections would get wider publicity.

So - if any of you know of groups who will be holding collections sometime in the remainer of 2020, extra points if in the greater ZH/central Switzerland areas, would you mind adding that info to this thread?
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

22nd of September in Zürich... we got the bags in the mailbox:

https://www.tell-tex.ch/de/home

so collection has indeed resumed.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Our recycling station used to have a corner where one could leave items that were still in good condition, but it was removed with the argument "to much work to maintain"

Good news for Ikea fans, I just red an article that they now give old furniture a second chance. One can apparently bring back furniture that will be restored and then sold at a cheaper price.

If you have old clothe and shoes that are not donatable you can take it to your local H&M.
They have special collection points, the fabrics will be recycled into new items.

Ahh those Swedes

One could also book a space on a Flohmarkt - Marche d puce and sell of items. Proceeds can always be donated to charity.

Maybe its an idea for the english forum community - once or twice a year items are collected. A space is booked and proceeds are then donated to a mutually agreed good cause

Would be a fun day out with a good cause and maybe a fondue in the evening

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Our recycling station used to have a corner where one could leave items that were still in good condition, but it was removed with the argument "to much work to maintain"
That's a shame, especially since it can be a vital service for those in need. I'd love to see volunteers sorting some of this stuff out and maintaining a corner for those looking for used items. However, and this is also the case of our recycling center:

1. Space is limited
2. For efficiency, they don't want to keep foot traffic flowing.
3. Parking is limited

The manager of our local recycling center is a long-time friend of mine and his ability to provide services improving sustainability without impeding efficency is greatly appreciated by all. To be fair, some people might find the center a bit more chaotic than a pristine "dump and go" center, but his management allows people to sort through books, find beautiful vases and pots and even take home perfectly acceptable chairs and other bits of furniture.

It's like a treasure trove. One never knows what you'll find.
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Put it up on tutti as "gratis". You'll be surprised what lengths people will travel to get free stuff. Take no reservations - first come first served is the rule.
This - though you can even charge a minor amount, 5-10% of the original price if you want. I've had someone drive from Bern to Zurich to buy those Ikea wooden balcony tiles of which I had two bags - they were used, some were broken, still got 20.- (retail price was probably 150 or so). People buy anything. Better than throwing away though.

Fully agree that easier donations would be preferable. I guess they want to avoid getting too much garbage. The only thing easy to donate here are clothes
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Indeed there are many possibilities. For those who really want to get into the refuse-reduce-recycle vibe, there are Freecycle groups here, though not all of them seem to be active these days: https://www.freecycle.org/browse/CH/Switzerland And has Caritas been mentioned yet? https://www.caritas.ch/de/spenden/sp...n-spenden.html Some churches will collect toys before Christmas. Some children‘s hospitals can use toys, too - here is the list of the one in Zürich: https://www.kispi-spenden.ch/app/upl...spi_Dez-19.pdf Ideally, we‘d consider planned and perceived obsolescence before buying - but goodness knows shopping responsibly is almost a full-time job, despite the fact that there are entire shops dedicated to making sustainable profits, like changemaker.ch and rrrevolve.ch. It shouldn‘t be so difficult. And it‘s good to see companies taking steps to make a difference, though I wonder how much of Ikea‘s and H&M’s efforts are greenwashing.

(Good to see others thinking about this. Waste is on my mind a lot these days. Our daughter is hitting the age where girls go shopping together. This means she suddenly wants tons of stuff that I was hardly aware even existed: scatter pillows?? We’re using those as a DIY opportunity... After seeing The Story of Stuff, a short online video about where consumer goods come from and where they go to, she did allow me to drag her to some vintage clothes stores, and one was a huge success. We also find quite a few things on Ricardo and so on, but it‘s still kind of scary. Any helpful ideas appreciated.)

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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Tutti has recently introduced compulsory registration. This will put some potential users off. Non-registered people cannot write or receive mails within tutti.

You can get around this, as an advertiser, if you elect to have your phone number visible.
Conversely, buyers who do not want to register can now buy only from those sellers who publish their phone numbers.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Found this:

The Reformed and Catholic churches in Adliswil (ZH) are working together to hold a clothing collection today, 14 Sept through Wednesday 16 Sept, from 09:00-11:00.

Winter clothing and men's clothing are especially needed.

Goods can be dropped off at the Reformed Kirchegemiendehaus.

The clothes will be given (gratis of course) to families in need.

https://www.kath-adliswil.ch/2020/08...sammlung-2020/
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Thank you for posting this info, meloncollie.

We have accumulated adult clothes that are perfectly fine but for some reason we don't wear them anymore and always felt bad to throw them away. I also heard "horror" stories about those recycling stations so usually I avoid dropping clothes there. With kids' clothes is simple, there's always some friend who wants them, adult clothes on the other hand....and I really prefer to donate things instead of trying to sell them if I know they will be used by someone who really needs them.
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

Thanks for the info meloncollie. I have a few clothes that are wearable and I was not sure if it is the best to put them at this recycling station. I will see if I can get to the churches in time.
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Thanks for the info meloncollie. I have a few clothes that are wearable and I was not sure if it is the best to put them at this recycling station. I will see if I can get to the churches in time.
ETA: Oops, The info below might be from 2019 - but because it's in your area I'll leave the contact details and link because who knows, there might be another drive in the future. Give the church a call and ask.

Nobodyshome, I see you are in Baden, this might be closer to you:

A quick search brings up a similar clothing drive by the Reformed church Obersigenthal, scheduled for Freitag, 8. November, 17.00 – 19.00 and Samstag, 9. November, 9.00 – 11.00. Donations brought to the Reformiertes Kirchenzentrum Nussbaumen, Saal.


https://www.ref-baden.ch/2019/11/04/...nschen-in-not/
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Re: Sad to throw items away vs donating

We've given up with the local charity shop, they generally don't want stuff so we dump it now.

Final straw was when the wife bought a set of plates, ones with little compartments for snacks.. She didn't like them and took them back a few days later - as a donation, not asking for a refund.. They refused, saying they wouldn't sell!?

So off to landfill they went.
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We've given up with the local charity shop, they generally don't want stuff so we dump it now.

Final straw was when the wife bought a set of plates, ones with little compartments for snacks.. She didn't like them and took them back a few days later - as a donation, not asking for a refund.. They refused, saying they wouldn't sell!?

So off to landfill they went.
Yeah, that's a real problem. It literally, physically makes me sick when I have to throw away things we don't need anymore (not that we actually needed some of them, ever). Lately I imposed myself a set of rules I have to go through before purchasing anything new.
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Yeah, that's a real problem. It literally, physically makes me sick when I have to throw away things we don't need anymore (not that we actually needed some of them, ever). Lately I imposed myself a set of rules I have to go through before purchasing anything new.
Yes, especially all those "fantastic kitchen helpers" that I thought were a good idea at the time, but ended up as never used dust collectors stuffed away in some cupboard...
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We've given up with the local charity shop, they generally don't want stuff so we dump it now.

Final straw was when the wife bought a set of plates, ones with little compartments for snacks.. She didn't like them and took them back a few days later - as a donation, not asking for a refund.. They refused, saying they wouldn't sell!?

So off to landfill they went.
If Salvation Army do not take, Anibis has a free section too - I did this with a scooter that had broken down and I sold or gave away the remaining parts
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