Whether you’ve just arrived in Switzerland or you’re just leaving for pastures new, the “Brockie” or Brokenhaus can be a great help in both situations. It can be a source of inspiration and affordable furniture if you’ve just arrived and don’t want to have your house looking like a design set from Ikea but on the other hand don’t want to spend a fortune.
Much of the beautiful looking furniture in the showrooms comes with very long price tags (and sometimes very long lead times too) so the idea of adding a few “pre-loved” items to your home can help you create a unique style all of your own. With careful selection there are bargains to be had if you just know where to look.
On the other hand if you’re leaving and don’t have the time or energy to put it up for sale and don’t want to take it with you to your next abode, then they are great places for taking gently “pre-loved” items. Some of the Brockies will come to your house and take large pieces of furniture away for free – others will want a fee for doing so. It really depends what you are selling and how much they already have of that type of thing. The best thing is to contact them and have a chat. If your German isn’t great, take some photos with you to help explain. Do try a few though – as they are all different.
You can also take small items to the Brockies yourself and they will often take a look to see that the items are not broken etc before they accept them. Again each one is an individual retail outlet – so try a few if the first one doesn’t like your stuff.
Looking for stuff for your apartment can be fun. Second hand items of all ages, quality and provenance abound in these magic caverns. When you step inside you have no idea what you will find. The key is “variability” – and this is what leads to the excitement of the the “Brockenhaus experience”! Every Brockie has different goods on offer and every day there are different wonders to discover. You often find that it is exactly when you are NOT looking, that you find the perfect item you’ve been searching forever to find.
So where do you start? Well, there is bound to be a Brockenhaus close to you and if you’re not sure you can always ask at your Gemeinde. However, NewInZurich has prepared a NewInZurich Brockie List for you – so take a look and go on an adventure! Have fun and you never know what you will find. After, all one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You may also want to check out the Market Place as alot of treasure makes it way there too!