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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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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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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This & That Week #20 – May 2014

Please go directly to the list, as we’ll be having very busy weekends ahead!

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  • BourseaLoz: A troc (0-15y) in Béthusy this Friday & Saturday (see above image for opening hours)
  • 11th Cyclotour du Léman, Sunday 18 May 2014. Covering a distance of 180km (Lausanne-Lausanne), 110km (Evian-Lausanne), 60km (Geneva-Lausanne). I just saw the website and one of the participants is…. 101 year-old! *jaw dropped*
  • Remember my post about Sauvabelin Tower? Soon you can test your fitness level by running in the forest and then finishing going up the 151 stairs on 7th Course de la Tour de Sauvabelin, on Thursday 22 May 2014 7pm.
  • Prefer to bike with family and friends? Join 32nd Journée Lausannoise du Vélo in Chalet-à-Gobet on Saturday 24 May 2014. 10, 50, and 150km.

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  • Let’s help clean up our beautiful Lake Léman! Net’Léman will be held on Saturday 24 May 2014 8:30am – 1:30pm. Children from 5y may come and help, accompanied by an adult.

And finally, don’t forget to get the Passeport Vacances 2014 for your children (9-15y) if you’ll be spending summer here in the region. The last day to get one is this Saturday 17 May 2014!

 

Enjoy the return of the sun this end of the week! xx

This & That Week#14 – April 2014

I’m still recovering from 3 weeks of illnesses in the house, so that I am still feeling weak and dizzy, but hopefully now that spring is in full force, I’ll be back in shape in no time.

In the meanwhile, here’s a list for you!

  • Pro Juventute starts free and anonymous counseling for parents of teenagers today. This is something I really cheer for! They have been helping teenagers by having a hotline number for them to call (147), but we know that many times parents also need counseling about their kids. The counselors can be reached by phone 058 261 61 61 or online. From June 2014, they will also add counseling centers throughout Switzerland. Like this? You can help them by donating!
  • The program for Paléo Festival in Nyon (22-27 July 2014) is out this morning at 10. Ticket sales from 9 April at noon. They go quickly, so make sure you get your tickets early!
  • It’s Troc season! Your chance to sell outgrown kids stuffs, or to grab “new” outfits for your kids. Google “troc” and your area to find one nearest to you. Or see the list on Kidytroc, Vaudfamille, and ExpatParent.ch. (Read this blog post for great tips about troc)
  • Family walk (in French), Saturday 12 April 2014: “A la recherche du Petit Chaperon Rouge
  • Mosaïque de Pâques 2014 will take place on place de la Navigation at Ouchy from 18-20 April 2014 10am-7pm. Entry is free. This year, 35’880 eggs (sold for CHF1 each) will be  used to create the fresco below, which design is created and made available by the “Brotherhood of Ouchy Pirates” (Confrérie des pirates d’Ouchy) to mark their 80th anniversary. All benefits go to ARFEC (Association Romande des Familles d’Enfants atteints d’un Cancer)

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And finally, have you seen the site Projet Métamorphose? There you can find the many new projects coming to Lausanne in the next decade, including new sport facilities (ice rink and olympic-size pool). It looks great!

Enjoy the spring blooms! xx

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).

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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.

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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.

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

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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

This & That Week #8 – February 2014

  • Just opened: The Brow Bar at rue Saint-Pierre 4.
  • There will be a new flea-market concept in Geneva, a Gratiferia, where people can come to giveaway their things and to take other things, entirely for free. On Sunday 23 Feb 2014, 2-4:30pm. More info. (Thanks, Kathleen!)
  • Coop is still offering the Carte Journalière Duo, until 23 February, while stocks last. At least one of the ticket users must have Half-Card.  The tickets can be used until 2 March, which I think would be great for day trips during next week school break!
  • At Château de Chillon – Montreux/Veytaux: “An imaginary museum of Playmobil®” Photographs by Richard Unglik. Until 25 May 2014.
  • For those living in or close to Orbe, the library of Orbe now has story telling time for baby to preschooler (0-5y). Every Thursday 9:30-10:30am. Free.
  • Le Parc Pré Vert at Signal de Bougy re-opened for the warmer seasons last Saturday. They offer many workshops for children (registration required) as well as the possibility to host birthday parties.

In the future:

  • The plan for trams and la place de l’Europe in Flon looks greart. They plan to close all traffic (but the trams) there and convert it into a pedestrian area. This plan still need authorization and if granted, the tram would be on service at the end of 2018.
  • The plan for the future Children’s Hospital looks great. It will be moved close to CHUV. Opening end 2019.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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