Friday, 6 March 2009

Zurich Thrifting: Bracki-Land!

I've officially decided that the thrift stores here in Zurich are the best I've ever been to. I base that more on the quality of what's in the thrift stores than the prices, though the prices aren't too bad either. Here I barely have to dig to find something great. Just look at my two new paintings above--a stern lady to add to the collection and a vase of pretty flowers. Thrifting culture appears different here than in the states as far as the clientele goes. Out of the handful of thrift stores I've been to, I'm usually only one of a few people under 65 years old (even on Saturdays when I've peeked into places), which means a lot of what a 20 or 30 something year old would be interested in is just sitting there on the rack. Wow, there's so much good stuff here! I had thriftuphoria today at Bracki-Land! But before we go there, lets go to the Salvation Army (Heilsarmee here).

Lets start with the ceramic plates above. I love them! I see these everywhere here in thrift stores. I don't think these would last 5 minutes at Thrift Town in San Francisco. I was looking around at people, thinking, you're not going to buy these?, and you--how about you? These didn't seem to interest anyone here. They're a dime a dozen from what I can tell by the thrift stores I've been to. I wanted to get a bunch of them to sell in my etsy shop, but they are heavy and I don't know if it's worth it to haul them home. Gotta give that one some more thought.

At this Brocki they even had a reading nook with a table and chairs. All it needed was a little barista stand so you could sip your espresso while flipping through books. And they had so many books!

The artwork was really impressive too. Little did I know at the time that the selection here pales in comparison to Bracki-Land.

Welcome to Bracki-Land!
I thought I was in thrift heaven at the Heilsarmee, but then I found the mothership. That's right, I found Bracki-Land (which happens to be two blocks away from our apartment)! I probably had the same look on my face that Sigourney Weaver did in Aliens when she finds that room where she sees all the alien eggs (cocoons?) and the look on her face says, OH MY GOD! That's how I felt, except I wasn't scared and didn't want to torch everything with my flame thrower gun. I just wanted to fill up my basket, though I was good and just got a few things. It also reminded me of how I felt when I went to Tomato in Tokyo then went to Yuzawaya. I thought the first couldn't be topped, but then I was totally surprised and overwhelmed by Yuzawaya. Anyway, that's how I felt here--completely excited and overwhelmed. Just look at this place!! I took these pictures with the camera on my phone, so they're not the best, but I was afraid someone would ask me not to take pictures if they saw my normal camera, which is pretty hard to hide. Covert missions call for covert photograpy action! Bracki-Land is in an old underground parking garage, and the ramp that curves its way down to the lower level is filled with artwork, and it goes around and around and around. Yes, you still have to dig a little to find the good stuff, but not much.

They also have tons of blankets and linens. Guess who I saw in here? (I said that to Andrew and he said, "uh, we don't know anyone here do we?") But it was the owner of Portner, that antique store here that I like. He was in the checkout line with a stack of linens. Now I know where he probably gets a lot of his stuff. The blanket I bought from him may have come from here too.

The scarves! They had hangers and hangers filled with great scarves. So hard to decide on a few, but I did.

And the vintage clothes. Where do I begin. Well lets just say that just about every other piece of clothing is something worth buying.

Great hat selection too.

Lets not forget the coats. No shortage of those in Switzerland.

How is it that almost every umbrella was great? I don't know. They have so much more--shoes, bags, housewares, kid's stuff, etc., but you probably get the idea.

I bought a few things there. My top favorites are the paintings at the top of this post and this scarf. It's about 2 feet wide, thin and with great colors too. Coming soon to an etsy shop near you.

I'll leave you with a close-up of the floral painting. I love it. It reminds me of all the pretty floral paintings Lisa has in her kitchen.


Freshly Found said...

OOO I wish I could be there too. Sounds like vintage heaven!


Ok, tell me you got that other portrait you showed here, the woman in the hat! Grab as many paintings like the two you are keeping as you can carry! I want them!!!!!! I am so excited to see all your treasures in person.
Love, Lisa & Alfie


P.S. I don't need the frames if that helps. lol!
Lisa & Alfie

MyKugelhopf said...

Wow, what finds you are having - so many every single day. I have a long list of places to go to now !! And I love your comparison to the movie Alien, too funny!! :) So how many extra suitcases will you need to bring all this stuff home after your time in Zurich, I wonder...??!! ha ha!!

Leigh said...

Lisa, those three photos are all from the same section of that one crate! I didn't get the lady with the hat, but I might go back for her. I'm going back to try to find a painting for my sister. I'm sure I'll find even more!

lauren said...

OMG this post was painful! There is so much there, so much amazing stuff, I would postively vibrate with excitement!

nath said...

oh, oh, oh! my chest is literally tightening with excitement. i want to go to Bracki-Land. i'd be so happy.

Simmy said...

I was just umming and aghing whether to book this holiday to Switzerland (we'd fly to Zurich) and then I saw this post about second hand shops there. Think it's made my mind up! Thanks