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Old 19.10.2011, 19:45
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The Troc in La Chaux de Fonds is great. But you never know what you will find. One day I'll pick up some amazing stuff - a few weeks later not a single thing. Great fun though. I've bought some fantastic antique pewter, a reproduction Louis XVI coffee table, some rugs for the hall, and a few blue and white porcelain bowls.
You're not talking about the CSP are you...? Maybe the Troc is just round the corner from it... but the CSP... that place is amazing and I am addicted to it. You have to go once a week so you don't miss out on any bargains!

Kitchen chairs 3 francs each - clothes for a franc (sometimes with the labels on.

One thing that they sell... which loads of second hand places sell are second hand nighties (like the ones you know are there because the previous owners are now dead.) I love second hand shops... but really I could never buy a second hand nighty.... (Not that I wear nighties... but even if I did - it's just too creepy).
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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

You can also find modern and old style swiss furniture...go for the lamps! I got two very 'minimalist' like for only 60 CHF...that is in klein Basel, where I think brokis sell cheaper stuff...

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You're not talking about the CSP are you...? Maybe the Troc is just round the corner from it... but the CSP... that place is amazing and I am addicted to it. You have to go once a week so you don't miss out on any bargains!

Kitchen chairs 3 francs each - clothes for a franc (sometimes with the labels on.

One thing that they sell... which loads of second hand places sell are second hand nighties (like the ones you know are there because the previous owners are now dead.) I love second hand shops... but really I could never buy a second hand nighty.... (Not that I wear nighties... but even if I did - it's just too creepy).
No Le Troc is just on the outskirts of town towards Le Locle, by the Coop Jumbo. Le Centre Social Protestant is a charity shop- whereas the Troc is a place that sells items for individuals and take 30% of sale. You'll have to tell me where the CSP is, as I've lots of stuff to give away from my (now deceased) parents house.


I'll always remember the first Jumble Sale I went to when I moved to London- I couldn't believe my eyes that there was a whole stall full of second-hand underwear and other real tat and junk.
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Old 19.10.2011, 21:01
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Where we live in UK, a local guy started a new business, selling other people's stuff on E-bay - taking photos, preparing descriptions, etc, and he also took 30% which seemed a lot.
Taking photos, preparing descriptions, plus the admin of questions during the sale and after is very tedious & can be time consuming. Presume his 30% was after the ebay fees, their selling fees are 10% plus the listing fees, then there are the Paypal fees, plus of course working out the postage costs and packing. We sell some of our surplus stuff on ebay, but it can be a nightmare when friends ask us to do it for them. As we know ourselves it can be surprising how some things sell for a good price and others do not, as well as complications after the sale or items lost or returned
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Old 19.10.2011, 21:04
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No Le Troc is just on the outskirts of town towards Le Locle, by the Coop Jumbo. Le Centre Social Protestant is a charity shop- whereas the Troc is a place that sells items for individuals and take 30% of sale. You'll have to tell me where the CSP is, as I've lots of stuff to give away from my (now deceased) parents house.
Ah I know it - but haven't been! CSP is not too far from the Place du Marché. They do deliveries, so I think they'd do collections if you had any big stuff.

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I'll always remember the first Jumble Sale I went to when I moved to London- I couldn't believe my eyes that there was a whole stall full of second-hand underwear and other real tat and junk.
Haha! Yeah honestly - just give them away - or use as a duster!
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Beware!
these brocki visits can be very addictive. I know someone who who goes there without needing anything.
But whats the problem with that if you have nothing else to do. Well I guess its better than gambling.
How is that different to a lot people who go shopping?

Sometimes we go to a Brocki looking for something specific, other times it is to see what they have. Also for me I love looking at olden stuff, I dont have the room for it, but it brings back lovely memories of my childhood. Often they sell machines that are either missing parts or are selling machine parts, can be handy if you have the machine and are the missing part, like the time a friend broke the bowl of our Kenwood Mixer. Something always on the lookout for, those old fashioned hand Orange juice squeezer. Lucky to find a 2nd, as then the 1st got broken, so still looking for a 2nd to be on the safe side. Had an electric one, but the hand ones are much easier to clean.
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Old 19.10.2011, 21:38
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Agreed- great fun. And a lot cheaper than gambling. I got a beautiful antique fluted pewter dish for 5CHF, a fabulous large pewter jug another time, and a great octogonal terrine another, both for 10 CHF. A visit every 3 months at 5 or 10CHF and lot of fun is OK by me.
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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

Found at a Brocki in Zürich:

A photo album of what looked to be holiday snaps, CHF 5. Photos from India, Japan, China, Thailand - looked like someone's grand tour of Asia, circa early 1990s.

Browsing through the album, a photo taken at Beihai Park in Beijing caught my eye - because there among the crowd in the background was... me!

Small world, eh?
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Old 20.10.2011, 00:05
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Are you Swiss? Please say "yes". It would explain so much.
i'm not but I know swiss ppl do it regularly.
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Old 20.10.2011, 10:15
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You can also find modern and old style swiss furniture...go for the lamps! I got two very 'minimalist' like for only 60 CHF...that is in klein Basel, where I think brokis sell cheaper stuff...

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I bought a really neat art deco writing desk from the Salvation Army Brocki in Zürich. They even delivered it to me. It looked a bit sorry for itself when it arrived but I cleaned and polished it and now it looks awesome. I later picked up an French-style art deco old lamp to go ith it in another brocki, again dirt cheap. I also have lots of other items that I bought over the years. And because they were all so cheap, I doesn't hurt to bring them back when I've had enough of them.
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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

Oh, and did I mention this baby?

Almost 90 years old and perfect working order (after I did a bit of cleaning and re-soldered a couple of wires). 20 CHF.

I now use it almost every day. So much more fun than the modern type.
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Old 20.10.2011, 10:43
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I'll always remember the first Jumble Sale I went to when I moved to London- I couldn't believe my eyes that there was a whole stall full of second-hand underwear and other real tat and junk.
My mum used to help a village jumble sales and was constantly amazed by the people buying the second hand bras etc.
I remember seeing a rather 'posh' (in our eyes in any case) lady on the bus into town once. My mother commented to my gran. 'Looking at her now you'd never believe she bought her undies at the jumble.'

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Can we go on a 'walk' there one day please?
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Oh, and did I mention this baby?

Almost 90 years old and perfect working order (after I did a bit of cleaning and re-soldered a couple of wires). 20 CHF.

I now use it almost every day. So much more fun than the modern type.
Nice. Must be worth quite a bit now if you sell it as a working antique, I'd have thought.
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Found at a Brocki in Zürich:

A photo album of what looked to be holiday snaps, CHF 5. Photos from India, Japan, China, Thailand - looked like someone's grand tour of Asia, circa early 1990s.

Browsing through the album, a photo taken at Beihai Park in Beijing caught my eye - because there among the crowd in the background was... me!

Small world, eh?
That's just nuts !!!!
I love it.


......... but tell us Meloncollie........ were you looking good?

(90's hairstyle, clothes, and sunnies...... 2-1 odds white sneakers were involved)
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That's just nuts !!!!
I love it.


......... but tell us Meloncollie........ were you looking good?

(90's hairstyle, clothes, and sunnies...... 2-1 odds white sneakers were involved)
This thread is useless without this pic!
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I remember seeing someone selling used dentures on the street in Bangkok....and almost gagging when I saw someone come along and try a set!!
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......... but tell us Meloncollie........ were you looking good?

(90's hairstyle, clothes, and sunnies...... 2-1 odds white sneakers were involved)

Let's just say that I was looking... younger... and leave it at that, shall we?

And yes, white sneakers were indeed involved. (The horror, the horror! )
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Found at a Brocki in Zürich:

A photo album of what looked to be holiday snaps, CHF 5. Photos from India, Japan, China, Thailand - looked like someone's grand tour of Asia, circa early 1990s.

Browsing through the album, a photo taken at Beihai Park in Beijing caught my eye - because there among the crowd in the background was... me!

Small world, eh?
Did you buy it?
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Melloncollie's post reminded me of an old habit I had of buying slide projector trays and carousels full of slides. Used to have a ball looking at random people's vacation photos projected on my wall. Gave them all away when I moved here.

As for here, nothing strange, but lots of good stuff- the last two places I've worked had a brocki in the building .

Seems the theory that every thrift store has at least one copy of Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors doesn't hold true here though- not seen a single copy of either. Did get this rocking picture disc of Swiss yodelers though .

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Seems the theory that every thrift store has at least one copy of Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors doesn't hold true here though- not seen a single copy of either. Did get this rocking picture disc of Swiss yodelers though .

They had both of those on a stall in Neuchatel Maladière centre during vintage week last week.
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