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!

My Favorite Online Toy Shops in Switzerland

These below are toy shops that I like and have personally shopped or would like to shop on. They are all based in Switzerland. Except the second-hand options, many offers gift wrapping service, so that you may want to tell the family abroad that they can shop for presents in these shops and ship them to you. This way you don’t have to worry about high shipping cost and Swiss import duties and VAT.

Disclaimer: Some of the below mentioned shops are or had been Lausanne Mom sponsors. All opinions are my own.


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I chanced upon MyLittleRoom while googling for stockists of Kidsonroof’s Casa Cabana. As the name implies, MyLittleRoom specialized in furniture for little ones. But they have a good range of toys too, and this was their promise:

“We take playing seriously… Plush toys, creative games, ecological cardboard toys or wooden cars. We have selected only the best for you: design toys that are fun but also good for the planet.”

Love.


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Petit Toi is a personal favourite as the physical shop is based in Lausanne! I adore their collection. Most brands come from local and European producers, and they emphasise on ethical production. (Read my blog post about the physical shop here.)


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I couldn’t be happier when Little Moosho added toys to their business (they started with clothes as you can read on my blog post here). Their toys, most geared towards younger children, are beyond adorable. Many are vintage-inspired and heirloom-worthy.

Little Mooshoo recently opened a physical boutique in Morges, on Rue Louis-de-Savoie 15.


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Dilookids has a bit of everything – clothing, decor and party items, stationery, and toys. They are ALL adorable, and the toys include some of my favorite brands (Kidsonroof, Djeco, and now Nobodinoz).


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I learned about Jubilane since I was a new mom and ordered a few things from them. Since then the shop has been increasing in size, including the toy range. They have really great selection, also toys from US brands that I believe are not easily found in CH such as Melissa & Doug and Green Toys. FYI, Jubilane also has a physical shop, located in Châtel-St-Denis.


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Allforkids was suggested to me by a follower of this blog. I haven’t bought anything there but I like what I found in the shop so that it made to this list. They are especially good for the English-speaking families, as many of their toys and books are in English.


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While Manor has physical stores, I have several times ordered their toys online, especially if they were meant to be a surprise for the kids. I usually had the orders delivered to their store in Lausanne and hubby picked them up on his way home from work. It has also been one of my favorite stores to check for sales after Christmas.


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Yes, the Swiss Postshop also sells toys. In fact, they have many kinds of toys – from wooden, plush to electronic ones. They also have craft items and science kits. Shipping is fast and free – just as it should be 🙂


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Slightly different to the others, BEA is an online shop you should also know. You can buy items there, often cheaper than normal price, in addition to your BEA or Mondo points. These points can be collected through your shopping elsewhere (For example, I’ve been collecting lots of points from my regular grocery shopping at LeShop.ch). But don’t worry if you haven’t had any points, as the first time you register, you’ll immediately get 500 points to start shopping with.

I have bought several items from here, and have been happy with them. Last year I also got my son a wooden Swiss Panorama Train from this shop (see this post, number 10). He was ecstatic! They have a large array of items, from dolls to craft items to wooden toys to trampolines.


In additon, I had shopped on Toys’R’Us, Walzzkidz and Kidoh. I believe they are among the largest online toy shops in Switzerland.  They only have German as the language on their website though. They have international brands as well as many German ones.


“ONLINE” SECOND-HAND TOYS

As a default, when I have a specific toy in mind, I go to these sources first to buy as second-hands.

Anibis and Ricardo are always my first go-to sites. Anibis has more sellers from French-speaking areas and Ricardo from German-speaking areas. The offers could either be posted or you may have to pick up, it depends on the seller (or the description of the bid on Ricardo). In some cases, you can even ask the seller to deliver the larger items with extra fee, if you can’t pick up personally. I did that many times – I paid between CHF0-15 extra for the delivery.

The Yahoo! and facebook Groups have lots of parents selling and looking for items. It’s very important to act fast – you need to PM the seller quickly if you are interested with anything. It’s also possible to ask the groups to see if anyone would like to sell or giveaway things you are looking for. For example, last year I asked for Peppa Pig DVDs and I had very good response. So good in fact that one of them was kindly gifted and sent to us 😉

 

P.S.: Don’t forget to see my selection of toy shops in Lausanne!

*Images were screenshot and thus copyright of the mentioned sites.

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Christmas 2016 Giveaway: Gift Card from little pearls

It has been a while since I did a giveaway post. But since we are in the Christmas spirit, of course I squeezed in one.

Enter little pearls.

When Jaqueline first contacted me a few months ago about her new shop, where I found the most adorable hand-made baby shoes, I was almost convinced I wanted another baby. Just so that I could put them on my baby.

Just look at them…

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Autumn “Troc” – 2016

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:

Marché au jouets (Toy Market) at Chailly, Saturday 24 September 2016

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Spring Cleaning: Selling Your Stuff

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When things start to pile up, it may be time to declutter! The good news is, there are few things more rewarding than receiving money for things you just want to rid of the house. There are many ways to sell and you may need to go through different ways for different items.

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What Your Child Needs for the First Year of School

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I learned that many parents (I was one) were eager to get the official list of items their children would need for the first year of school early. One of the reasons is usually to buy those things cheaper while they go on summer holiday abroad.

But the truth is, the “official” things listed are not many. And all can be bought here inside CH inexpensively. The list usually short and consists of:

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Second-hand Shop: La Boutique Terre des Hommes in Flon

If you have been following this blog for a while, you probably know my love for second-hands. The boutique of Terre des Hommes in Flon quickly became a favorite. For those who are not familiar with Terre des Hommes (TdH) it is an international children’s rights organization that was founded in Lausanne in 1960. It is a charitable organization thus the boutique is run by volunteers and proceeds from sales go to finance TdH projects.

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The boutique is located in the basement so even if you had been in Flon many times, you may have missed it. They share the same building as the restaurant “Bistrot du Flon”, you just need to find the elevator or stairs to reach the basement.

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Nuage – Concept Store for Children

This is not a sponsored post*

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While this cute little children’s boutique Nuage has opened since almost a year ago, I only had the chance to step inside last week.

I could see immediately what I had been missing.

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Christmas in Lausanne – 2015 (Updated)

We are officially on the fast track to Christmas now as the first events are starting this week!

Festival Lausanne Lumières

Starting today, this fourth edition of festival of lights illuminates Lausanne until the new year.

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There will be 13 installations in the city center, including the train station, Flon and up to the Cathedral. You can find the map here. Free guided tours are provided on certain dates.

While most of the light installations were designed and made by artists, there will again be another by the school pupils (8-15y) from Lausanne schools. Last year they created this, and this year it will be the glowing butterflies – “L’Effet Papillon” can already be seen on the living wall of the TL building in Place d l’Europe. More info here.


Christmas Markets

I am super excited about this year’s Christmas markets in Lausanne as I love going around Christmas markets — while enjoying hot food and drinks, the atmosphere, decoration and beautiful lights. And this year, we have…

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Bô Noël

The new Christmas Market of Lausanne, now under a new event organizer and baptised “Bô Noël” will start in 2 days and will last until 24 December 2015. There will be there St. François, Place Pépinet, and under the arches of the Grand-Pont.

I’m honestly very curious. The last few years Christmas market in Lausanne had been uninteresting, so I hope this one will really bring a better atmosphere and products.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 11:30 – 21:30
Fri-Sat: 11:30 – 22:30
Sun: 13:00 – 19:00
Nocturnes on 18, 21 and 23 Dec until 23:30

For Santa fans, here’s a fantastic news: The jolly old man would be there under one of the arches of Grand-Pont (#46 on the map).  But…. he seems to always lose one of his boots and needs the kids to help him look for it. Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon (13:00-18:00) between 21 November – 24 December. More info and downloadable boot hunting map here.

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Le Marché de Noël by Places We Love

On Thursday 3 December 2015 from 17:00 to midnight. More info.

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Marché de Noël Solidaire

This year 38 associations will be present on this special kind of Christmas Market. They will bring products that are different to the traditional Christmas markets as most items come from other countries and continents. As the name implies, this is a solidarity market so that you can be sure that your purchases here will be guilt-free, as they should be fair-trade and help to finance many community projects back in the countries where they come from.

From 10 December to 12 December 2015 in Pôle Sud – Av. Jean-Jaques Mercier 3 (Flon). More info.

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Pop-Up Market by Les Ripailleuses

Saturday, 12 December 2015 – 10:00-19:00. More info.

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Marché aux Jouets

A toy market for and by the children. On Saturday 19 December 2015 at Casino de Montbenon. The perfect opportunity to get some space for the new ones they may get for Christmas! To have a stand cost chf5 per child. Registration and more info here.


Nocturnes and La Nuit des Etoiles 2015

For those of you who enjoy Christmas shopping at the last minute, the end-of-the-year “late-night” shopping (Nocturnes) in Lausanne City Center is scheduled on 18, 21 and 23 Dec, which means that many shops will be opened until 10pm, instead of the regular 6 or 7pm.

During the Nocturnes, many hotels in Lausanne that participate in “La Nuit des Etoiles” offer special price. More info.

Don’t forget that there will also be a lot of other events as every year. Last year we had St. Nicolas going around the city center and Santa Claus/Father Christmas in the city.

As a note, the traditional bag of treats that St Nicolas gives usually contains clementine, chocolates and peanuts! They sometime give it to the kids in schools or day cares, so if your kids had peanut allergy, make sure to let the teachers or minders remember this.

Finally for those eager to meet Santa elsewhere, here’s the post!

 

My Favorite Toy Shops in Lausanne

Christmas is coming! What could be a better timing than now to post a list of toy shops! So here they are…

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Jouets Davidson, Rue Grand Saint-Jean 20, 1003 Lausanne

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Toys and games for all ages, with a heavy old school feeling. The store is not stroller friendly as it has many stairs. They have all sorts of toys and despite the small window in front, it’s quite large inside. This would be my son’s most favorite store as they carry many locomotives and trains from Thomas & Friends.

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ViviShop, Rue Curtat 8, 1005 Lausanne

I know many parents who love this charming toy shop. It caught me by surprise the first time I went there, as what I expected to be a tiny store, was actually quite large inside. There are rooms after rooms and you keep discovering. It feels so homey and old school and one can spend hours there checking out those walls of toys. Always worth a visit when looking for a present!

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Marelle, Rue Mercerie 5, 1003 Lausanne

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A smallish toy shop full of beautiful, mostly wooden, toys. Perfect for the little ones and parents will love these toys too as they are as beautiful  to work as home decor items.

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Nature & Découvertes, 3 place Pépinet 1003 Lausanne

As the name implies, this shop has loads of ‘green’ toys and nature/science exploring kits. They carry a lot of French brands I love such as Djeco and Janod.

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Petit Toi, Rue Mathurin-Cordier 12, 1005 Lausanne

Petit Toi offers furniture as well as toys and little gifts geared towards babies and younger children. However I think many of their decor objects should work for teens too. Most brands come from local and European producers, and they emphasise on ethical production. Read my blog post about this lovely shop here.

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FNAC Kids, Rue de Genève 6 1002 Lausanne
Payot, Place Pépinet, 1003 Lausanne

FNAC and Payot offer books and toys within the same place, which means we go there often as we are more into books than toys. While the toy selection in both shops is limited, they seem to be carefully picked. Payot’s toys are more traditional with baby items and board/card games, while FNAC has more modern toys including electronic ones and those for the teens. See my previous post about FNAC Kids here.

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Franz Carl Weber, Place de la Palud 16-18, 1003 Lausanne
Manor, Rue Saint-Laurent 7, 1002 Lausanne
Globus, Rue du Pont 5, 1003 Lausanne
Coop City, Rue Saint-Laurent 24-30, 1003 Lausanne
Migros MMM Métropole, Rue des Terreaux 23, 1003 Lausanne

Manor, Globus, Coop City, Migros MMM have toy departments inside. Franz Carl Weber has the entire store for toys and games (3 levels, stroller entry on the back, close to Restaurant Tribeca). Selections mostly come from big brands and licensed characters (think Lego, Playmobil, Barbie, Disney, Crayola, Angry Birds…). From these five, Coop City is the one I visit more frequently (usually to get little Disney figurines) as it allows me to use my Coop Superpoints for paying.

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SECOND-HAND TOYS

To be honest, local second-hand shops and my commune’s flea markets are my current favorite places to buy toys. Reusing perfectly play-able toys while cutting down the expenses? Yes please. The downside is not being able to know what to find there (although it also makes it more exciting). Look for announcement or signs in your area (they could be called Troc, Vide Grenier, Brocante, etc).

Salvation Army in Lausanne has toys, too. The selection had never really impressed me, but I did find a couple of nice things there. For this Christmas they will have special day for toys on 11 December 2014.

FYI, I will cover anibis & ricardo in another post with other online toy shops.

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SPECIALTY TOY SHOPS

There are several specialty toy shops worth mentioning, as they offer collectible and/or antique items. Just to declare, I never bought anything from these stores but I think they are cool 🙂

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