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Things you can find in a Brocki

Ok, so we know that you can find furniture and clothing and household items in brockis. But I was a little surprised to see, not 1, but 2 partially used rolls of toilet paper in a local brocki! Each had about 3/4 of the roll left (or should that be were a 1/4 used) and had different patterns so not from the same package. They were in what is apparently the partially used paper products section as there was a used kitchen roll next to them as well, but this had only about a 1/3 left. I wonder what the going rate is for a partially used roll of toilet paper?

So what other strange finds have been made in Ye Local Brocki?
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Old 19.10.2011, 16:26
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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

1 shoe... not 2;... ONE!
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I wonder what the going rate is for a partially used roll of toilet paper?
I suspect that has a lot to do with whether you're buying the used or the un-used portion of the roll!
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1 shoe... not 2;... ONE!
....... next time I lose one, I'll know where to go
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Old 19.10.2011, 16:54
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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

I've seen

- used diaries (20 Rappen each)
- an ancient album of somebody's baby and holiday snapshots (1 Frank)
- jam jars with rusty screws and nails (20 Rappen)
- dead plants (50 rappen each)
- seashells (not especially nice ones, just the normal little run of the mill ones a child must have collected) (1 Frank for the lot)
- old telephone directories (free)
- very old ping pong bats (partially eaten by woodworm) (20 rappen the pair)
- 5 1/4" floppy disks (50 rappen for a tray of about 30)
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- used diaries (20 Rappen each)
I would buy one. I have read some of my friend's diaries logs as kids and found them hilarious.
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- 5 1/4" floppy disks (50 rappen for a tray of about 30)
Damn.....and I just paid a frank for 6 coasters!!
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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

half used shampoo.. ewww
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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

Is this the same place that refuses used IKEA furniture? Or is that the Salvation Army?
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No, that's IKEA

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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

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.
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Is this the same place that refuses used IKEA furniture? Or is that the Salvation Army?
No, this place had Ikea furniture. If anyone is looking for a Expedit shelf like this then try the Brockiland in Dietikon. CHF45.
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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.
Is this the name of a specific store, or are Brocki in the French-speaking part of Switzerland commonly called "troc"?
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I am in fact not sure we are talking about the same thing. The Troc is a commercial venture. People take stuff there for sale, and the Troc exhibits the item/s in their warehouse, and when sold take 30% of the sale and rest to owner. Is a Brocki a charity shop or commercial as above?

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I am in fact not sure we are talking about the same thing. The Troc is a commercial venture. People take stuff there for sale, and the Troc exhibits the item/s in their warehouse, and when sold take 30% of the sale and rest to owner. Is a Brocki a charity shop or commercial as above?
I believe it just means "second hand shop". They buy your old stuff, clean it, and sell it. One assumes they sell it at a profit, but this is Switzerland where normal business rules appear to go out of the window.
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Many Brockis are for charity but the rule isn't 100%.
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Usually commercial and one-off, but sometimes run by/for charity, notably the Salvation Army (Heilsarmee) which has quite a few. The term "Brockenstube/haus" is, I believe, a derivation from "Brocante" which is French for a 2nd-hand shop, at least in France.
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OK get it. In Neuchatel there are several charity shops where people donate stuff, which is then sold for one charity or other.

The list of Le Troc given above, is for shops which sell stuff on the behalf of clients, taking 30% of profit to do so. I tried to haggle last time I went, but the reply was 'we can't haggle, as we are selling on behalf of someone else, for an agreed price'.

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.
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Re: Things you can find in a Brocki

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.
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Beware!
these brocki visits can be very addictive. I know someone who who goes there without needing anything.
Are you Swiss? Please say "yes". It would explain so much.
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