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What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

I came here to CH after many years in Asia and now have spent many years here. I have dozens of very nice decorations, serving bowls, etc . . .from Japan and no earthly use for them. Gift giving is big there. Think Noritake coffee cups in the original packaging, never opened. I am now OLD. Leaving beautiful things in my closet for 10 more years so someone else to get rid of once I bite the dust seems wrong. On a few levels.

All my family is in the USA and shipping these things back there isn't in the cards.

I'd like these things to also help others, but when I look at the Salvation Army website it appears that they won't do a pick up except for whole household/large furniture donations.

These 7 or 8 bags of heavy ceramics are more than I can schlep onto the train and get anywhere. (Remember, OLD) Any ideas for other second hand shops run by charities? I live in Rüschlikon and could get an Uber for this errand if I thought the things were going to a good cause.

Many thanks for any suggestions.
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

Sell it on Ricardo, tell them pick-up only.

In Kilchberg there is also a 'brocki', a second hand shop run by women, proceeds goes to families that live high in the mountains. They pick up.

http://www.frauenvereinkilchberg.ch/...ten/brocki.php
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

I'm nowhere near Zurich, but if I were would gladly volunteer to pick these things up and take them to the SA brocki for you. With a bit of luck maybe someone else will offer to help out.

One of the things I like about our local déchetterie is that there's a whole section for 'deuxième vie', where you can just leave anything that's got any possible use and wander round and pick up if you want to. Same with old furniture - there's a place to leave it if anyone might want it for salvage or repair. Much handier than donating to a Brocante - nearest one is miles away, and they can be very picky about what they'll take, whereas if stuff is not taken away from the tip it will simply be shifted into the appropriate recycling skip.
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

You could also hand it out as gifts when visiting someone or for Christmas and birthdays.
If you are Asian these gifts will even be very personal. If you're not Asian, they are still very special. And you might even have a story for each one - your own or an Asian one about tradition and use.
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

Don’t expect there to be a run on them as I don’t think Asian art or handicraft is really appreciated in CH , outside maybe of the very select circles of people who have had some cultural exposure. But I agree with Ricardo etc. being a good starting place.
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

Well, this might be a weird idea but could you take a photo of it and send it to the nearest Asian restaurant offering to donate if they pick up (in exchange for a take away maybe )?
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

You can also list it on the English Forum For Sale or Free Stuff section. Add a few photos and someone will take them off your hands.
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

You could also try selling them and/or giving them away for free ("gratis") on the website tutti.ch. Many people give things away for free on there.

I'm somewhat familiar with Japanese ceramics (both modern and ancient), due to having studied Asian art and having collected them a bit in the past (usually tea ceremony or saki sets). The pieces are usually very beautiful. I'm sure there are people out there who would love to give these items a new home. Good luck!
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

If you haven't found a home for your keepsakes before the beginning of December, I would think the folks running St Andrew's annual bazaar would be glad of a donation.

This is a big event, their annual fundraiser. St Andrews is an international church, so there are likely members, and visitors, who would appreciate Japanese ceramics.


The bazaar will be held on Saturday, 5 December this year - you'd likely need to contact the organizers about donating items some weeks earlier. Scroll down the page for info:
http://www.standrewszurich.org/Site/Future_Events.html
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Re: What to do with keepsakes no longer wanted

Thanks for the great suggestion.
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