You’ve just moved to Zurich and your apartment is sorted with all your major requirements, your beds, wardrobes … but you still need to get your basic cooking utensils, blankets and clothes hangers etc. So where do you go? Probably Ikea. However, with the new service launched by BringBee, YOU don’t actually have to go and get the little items … BringBee will buy them for you and deliver them to you!
BringBee is a pickup service for your smaller Ikea requirements. BringBee finds other Ikea customers living close by and gets them to shop and deliver on your behalf, saving you the hassle of going to Ikea yourself. Simply write your shopping list online (in English or German) at www.bringbee.ch selecting from the 2500+ most popular smaller Ikea products (children toys, decorations, kitchenware etc) and they will be delivered to your doorstep!
So how much does it cost? The BringBee service costs you 9 CHF + 15% of the cost of the item, most of which goes directly to your shopper as a reward. BringBee ensures that the transactions are dealt with securely online as well as providing support and transport insurance for each transaction. BringBee’s mission is to use the unused capacity of existing shopping trips more efficiently. On average 70% of all road journey are inefficient. By using one shopping trip for a number of customers in one neighbourhood, BringBee is offering an eco-friendly way to shop and deliver. BringBee is a service provided by the young Zurich based startup PolyPort and is supported by the WWF Switzerland and Ikea Switzerland. The service will be launched in Zurich on 28th January.Why not try it now?
It’s that time of year when many expats having arrived in Zurich a few weeks or months earlier, and having perhaps lived a few weeks in temporary accommodation are now installed in their new apartments and houses and trying hard to make the place “look like home”. We’re often asked how to furnish your house or apartment affordably in Switzerland without making it look like a replica of an Ikea show room.
Yes, it’s true that many of the beautiful furniture in the showrooms come with very long price tags (and sometimes very long lead times too). But have you ever thought of adding a few “pre-loved” items to your home to create a unique style all of your own? With careful selection there are bargains to be had if you just know where to look.
One of the key places to start searching is the “Brockenhaus” or “Brockie”. 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!