Buying second hand, you can save money, save the planet, help people in need, and change your kids toys often. Sounds attractive enough? Well, to top that let me also tel you there is nothing you can’t buy second hand, so, here’s a guide to second hand shopping places in Geneva (and online).

And there’s something very special in second-hand market in Geneva – it’s international, multicultural, and very diverse, so just be patient, dig well, and you’ll find pearls for a penny. But be careful: it’s addictive.

Facebook groups: Baby&Child (over 8k members), New&Never UsedBuy and Sell in the Greater Geneva RegionBuy & sell Items for kids Switzerland, and many more. (English spoken)

 

ricardo.ch – think of it as a trilingual e-bay (French, Italian, German). On Ricardo you can shop both second hand and brand new, and there’s probably nothing you can’t find there.

anibis.ch – using this site will surely one day be one of the musts to check to obtain the red passport, it’s THAT local.

Ebay.ch

ONLINE ADDRESSES

videdressing.ch – good brands, secure selling process, no pick up – all straight to your inbox. Also check out the equivalent in France, and have it deliver to any Point Relais close to the border.

Mon Vide Dressing – have just found it now while googling for something else, but it looks good!

Tradono – a very shopping and selling friendly app. (English spoken)

Glocals – a useful platform for all the expats, and not only for buying/selling. (English spoken)

CSP – Le Centre Social Protestante. They have 2 big shops with furniture, toys, carpets, china, appliances, and more in Plan les Ouates, and in Meyrin (this one is the biggest in the canton). There also 4 CSP boutiques in the city offering clothes, and porcelaine but at a higher price than the “brocantes”. And when you’re finally get to uncluttering your house, they will happily come and collect, or with smaller items, drove over and donate.

Caritas: 9 second hand boutiques in Geneva, and a big shop with furniture etc. in Plan les Ouates.

Emmaus – like CSP, Emmaus is a charity shop. Located in Carouge it usually has a very nice selection of antique (and modern) furniture, pianos, carpets, porcelain, appliances, toys, clothes, and art.

Vet’Shop – these are Red Cross’ shops in Geneva. This list explains what you can find in every one of them.

Vide Grenier – this local flea markets are a mine gold. Check this website for an vide grenier agenda in Geneva, Vaud, the rest of Switzerland, and the neighboring France.

Plainpalais flea market on Wednesdays, and Sundays. It’s big and rich, and a must to visit every now and then.

OFFLINE ADDRESSES

Emmaus – like CSP, Emmaus is a charity shop. Located in Carouge it usually has a very nice selection of antique (and modern) furniture, pianos, carpets, porcelain, appliances, toys, clothes, and art.

Vet’Shop – these are Red Cross’ shops in Geneva. This list explains what you can find in every one of them.

International Children’s Clothing and Toys Sale – happens two times a year and is a must place if you’re up for second hand.

Salvation Army (Arme de Salut) – a very good brocante in Eaux Vives.

Carte Blanche – another charity with a brocante in Meyrin. They have everything, including a restaurant 2 streets away from the brocante.

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