Spring “Troc” – 2017

It’s Troc Season now. If you didn’t know what troc is, read this excellent post explaining what it is and how it works. To make it short, it’s some kind of second-hand market where you can sell, shop, or both.

I received some information about a couple of trocs coming up, as you can see below:

And more…

More troc for Suisse-Romande area listed here.

Happy Troc!

This & That Week #13 – March 2015

  • Open house time for artisans in the area as part of Journées européennes des metiers d’art. Friday-Sunday 27-29 March 2015
  • Second-hand bike market this Saturday – Terrasse Jean-Monet (Bel-Air above Fnac) – info
  • Have you been planning to start running but don’t know how? Je cours pur ma forme has started their training sessions, but still have places in all their groups, and they run in many locations!
  • Will you be visiting Expo Milano 2015? We plan to! If you, too, will take the train, check this helpful infoblog
  • Have you tried uber? The Lausanne Guide has a code for a CHF20 credit
  • A new platform to give away and look for stuff: keepinuse (Thanks Marcella)
  • For single mamas with kids 3-8y, Pro Juventute Fribourg is offering a “Cours de vacances Maman et Enfants“, 19-25 July 2015 in Charmey. Cost CHF550.

On the news:

  • This week, a school in Payerne goes “no water” – except in restrooms.  It is an experience week for the youngest pupils (age 4-7) to learn about the difficulty of living without clean water in some parts of the world. These little ones have to march to a nearest fountain to get water every morning! – via 24heures
  • Facilitated naturalisation, may always as easy as it sounds – via SwissInfo
  • Libraries on Sundays? Love. – via 24heures
  • Woohoo! Significantly lower consumption of alcohol and cigarettes among 11-14yo – via 24heures
  • Another good news: Fewer crime offenses in 2014 vs 2013, especially in Lausanne (-18%) – via 24heures

And finally, and VERY importantly, European Summer Time starts this Sunday 29 March 2015 at 2am. The clock goes forward 1 hour, so don’t forget to hit the bed at least an hour earlier on Saturday night! 😉

Second-hand: Le Galetas Book Shop in Lausanne

Le Galetas, literally means garret or attic, is a group of second-hand shops owned and managed by Centre social protestant Vaud. They have six shops throughout the canton of Vaud. The “book boutique” in Lausanne center is very special as it’s the one dedicated for books.

This book shop is located close to Place de la Palud, just next to the stairs that goes up to the Cathedral (Escaliers du Marché 9, map).


I entered the first room that was small and full of books, of course, but tidy. I walked passed it and arrived at another room where a few ladies (one of them was the shop cashier) were gathering around a small table, chatting and having tea.  Simply lovely.

Children’s books were located in a corner of this room. There were rug and children chairs – the perfect reading nook for those little people! I spent quite a long time there, looking for books for my own kids. Luckily I was alone (it was during lunch time) so that I faced no competition 🙂 I found the range of books great. They have mostly French books, but also books in other languages – German, Spanish, English, among others. I saw some classics, like the Little House and Harry Potter series in English, as well as activity and sticker books. Children’s books were priced between chf3-5 each.


The upper floor was spacious. There were a table and chairs for those who need to sit down and relax while reading/checking the books. I found many English books here, not grouped according to language but to genre. There were many English novels for sure. Most of the books here were priced at chf5 each.


I spent around 1 hour there and these books below went home with me. They cost me chf28 in total.


Both Usborne books were ‘new’ as all stickers remained unused. The “Suisse…” book is full of beautiful photographs and makes a lovely coffee table book. The dinosaur book is now my son’s favorite. The “1,000 places...” was a good find as I had been curious about it forever but too cheap to buy it new.  My favorite is the “La restauration des meubles” as I plan to reupholster an arm chair and there was a similar chair in the book. It will be very useful especially when I need to buy supplies and don’t know the French words for them! 😉

Conclusions: Fun place to browse for book lovers. Kids will love the reading nook too, I’m sure. Prices are good, especially since their location is in the center of Lausanne!

FYI, they accept book donations. But better call or email in advance to confirm.


Galetas – La Boutique Livres de Lausanne
9, Escaliers-du-Marché
1003 Lausanne
Tel. 021 312 96 16
boutiquelausanne (AT) csp-vd.ch
Closed on Mondays and Sundays

Second-hand Shop: Armée du Salut (Salvation Army) Lausanne

Last week I asked those of you following me on facebook if you would like post about second-hand shops in Lausanne. I received many “yes”, so here is one of them. I didn’t receive any compensation for this post and all opinions are mine, based on my visit on 6 Feb 2014. Enjoy!

Armée du Salut (Salvation Army) seems to be the largest second-hand shop inside Lausanne. It is conveniently located only 850m away from Riponne, or 5 minutes by bus #8. I took the bus, but there is a public parking space in the building.

To enter the main building, you must go through this stairways (below). Better leave strollers at home or in the car, unless you can carry it or don’t mind leaving it outside.


The shop was spacious and well organized. I went directly to frame and mirror area (photo below) as I needed some small frames. I didn’t find anything I could use there, although the choices and prices were not bad. That day I didn’t see any beautiful old or antique frames.


There was a whole aisle for dinner and table ware. I was happy to spot a couple of bowls (chf2/each, photo below) that matched one of our current dining sets (bought from another second-hand shop). I also found hand-made ceramic vase  for chf1. They went home with me. There was also a rack full of “Mason” jars (chf0.50/each) that screams ‘home-made jams’ to me.


Toy section did not impressive me much. I bought a paper suitcase that was a bit ripped on one corner, but still ok to hold some toys (chf1). They had many board games, but none of the classic ones (which I prefer). There were puzzles and some lovely wooden baby toys that I would probably grab if my kids were still babies.


Baby gear area (below) was better than I expected. As you can see on the photo below, they had car and bike seats, hiking baby backpack, strollers, exersaucers, potties, toilet rings and many more. They also had baby cot/crib, play pen and wooden high chair but located on the other side of the building (different entrance) as you can see on the photo at the end of the post.


Clothes section took a large part of the shop. The children section (chf2/piece) was smaller than adult section and had many too worn clothes. But then I easily spotted and grabbed some nice ones, including a rain coat (Rukka, very good), cardigan (Petit Bateau, like new), girl top (Mothercare, good), and a poloshirt (Benetton, good). In the adult section, I found two pairs of cord trousers for myself, each chf5. They are from H&M and Mango, and looked like new. Finally I found a pink scarf for my daughter’s princess play time (chf1). See the pics below.


I also checked their lighting, kitchen, and carpet sections but found that most of the items not interesting per se, and sometimes overpriced. Books section didn’t look interesting to me.

Below is a photo of the furniture area (as I mentioned above, it’s in the same building but the entrance is on the other side). They had many wooden furniture of all sorts – plywood and solid wood.


I had my eyes on a small mid-century-style wooden cabinet that was on reduced price – only chf10! That cabinet could use some love though, like a new coat of paint – as reflected by the price. If only I had a car then, I would already took it home!

I finally went home with 12 items and was chf26 poor-er. They are all good buys, most of them have been used (I’m wearing one of the trousers now). Only the rain coat and 2 of the clothes will have to wait as they are still too big for my kids.

Conclusion: Don’t expect real gems from this shop, but it’s still fun to browse around. And as we all know, second hand shops can vary very much from from day to day so what I experienced may be different to yours. Prices were mostly very good.

On a side note, I have heard many times that this shop is picky when it comes to accepting donations. I can understand that as their shop is quite full already, but you can always call or email ahead and ask them what items they welcome in particular.


Armée du Salut (Salvation Army) Lausanne
Rue de la Borde 24
1018 Lausanne
021 646 74 74
Closed on Mondays & Sundays

Change your old strings of lights to LED ones at SiL

Do you have old holiday light strings that make you cringe whenever you turn them on as they are sucking too much electricity? You’re in luck. Starting from today, Centre Contact Energies of Services Industriels Lausanne (SiL) will exchange them with new LED ones for only CHF15 each (instead of the regular CHF35). For Lausanne inhabitants only.


And while you’re there, you may want to check the permanent exhibition around lights (poster above), how to choose light bulbs, how to save energy, etc. You can also make a rdv with the expert there to discuss lighting options in your house.

More info.


Contact énergies
Service commercial des SiL
Place Chauderon 23
Case postale 7416
1002 Lausanne


*Poster image was screenshot from and courtesy of SiL website.


This & That September 2012 – Week #37

Did you enjoy the return of the summer for the last few days? I hope that gave you a wonderful weekend and start of the new week today!


I wish you a great week ahead. I will be a bit busy preparing my daughter’s 4th birthday party this weekend. And yes, as for my son’s birthday, the party will be sponsored by lovely vendors. I think you will want to see the post I will do after! Hopefully coming up next week!

RailAway offer: IKEA Aubonne

I was in IKEA today and a smart woman I was, last night I checked the website to see the special offers in IKEA Aubonne. Then I bumped into the RailAway offer. Named “Balade chez IKEA Aubonne” this offer combines a return trip ticket to Aubonne (with 20% discount), a meal voucher for the restaurant worth CHF10, and a voucher for a CHF20 discount when you buy more than CHF200.

We left from Lausanne, but as we had Mobilis subscriptions (that cover zones 11 12 in TL network), we could get the tickets only for the remaining zones (26 30 31 33). I paid CHF26.80 for 2 RailAway tickets and enjoyed a total of CHF60 discount*! Oh, how I LOVE a good deal!

This offer is valid until 31 Oct 2011 31 March 2012.

Tip: As you need to go to the ticket counter at the station to buy this ticket, allow a good amount of time before the train leaving time, as there could be a long line (I’m referring to the counters at Lausanne-Gare). I was there this morning and only had to wait 5 min, but I know on weekends the counters are usually very crowded. I think you can also buy the ticket day(s) in advance, but I am not 100% sure.

Updated: I forgot to mention that I had a CFF Half-Card. The price above is WITH the card!

*Yes, our shopping cart was way more than 2 x CHF200 as we bought many things for the new house!

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