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Old 03.03.2010, 00:57
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"Adrian finds something cheap in Basel" shock

What with all the "Switzerland is so expensive" type threads, which to be fair it is, I have something to balance it out a bit. Only a bit, mind.

I tend to take lunches to work, and years ago bought some "lock & lock" boxes. There appears to be an even better brand here called Topline. They have great containers - totally leak-proof. Migros rebrand some of them and they're quite cheap.

But the best part ... right now they're all 40% off. I bought quite a few.

And for my next trick ... today in Basel seems to be "throw out your crap furniture" day. All around where I live are piles of smashed up old chairs, pieces of wood, remnants of Ikea furniture etc but I managed to get a small shelf unit, a bedside table and - the best bit as I've only just bought a bed frame but forgot to buy the slats - some slats!

One slat in each frame (I haven't got a tape measure but I'm hoping they're 80x200) is broken but I'm assuming they'll still work. They're the "posh" sort, too, in their own frame with rising head bit. I was going to buy the cheapest of the cheap from Ikea but if these work then great. Money and a trip saved.

So, anyone still up in Basel, go for a walk! If you like older furniture you'll be in luck. A few people were scavenging like me but a couple of people were scouting around in large cars and in one case a van.
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Old 03.03.2010, 01:15
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Re: "Adrian finds something cheap in Basel" shock

Ah, it depends on where you live. Our free furniture disposal day isn't until the 31st of March...so this should be happening all over town this month!
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Old 03.03.2010, 10:11
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Re: "Adrian finds something cheap in Basel" shock

I found a great little chair in Athens once that someone had tossed out. I had it recovered in some silk I'd bought in Damascus and it is now one of my favourite pieces of furniture (everytime I look at it I think of two of my favourite cities). Best of all, in Athens the whole job of repairing and recovering the chair cost 24 euro.

A friend of mine in Sydney spotted an Eames chair in a pile of old furniture on the street for garbage night. He got $1500 for it from a second hand furniture dealer.

According to the Urban Dictionary, there's a name for people like us. I think I'm more of an opportunist than an actual hunter though.
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Re: "Adrian finds something cheap in Basel" shock

The council had removed all the stuff from our street by 7.30 this morning.

Last night there were dozens of french "68" reg (alsace) vans scouring the streets & taking stuff. great that it gets re-used instead of destroyed.
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