Basel is full of shops with interesting (second-hand) furniture and home accessories - everything from high-end vintage design to the local Brocki. We've put together a map to help you discover these. We're also visiting each one of these and putting together a shop write-up and a few photos, which is a work in progress. You can also do some online second-hand furniture shopping: check out the ecochair.ch online webshop here >>
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Lots of the categories overlap, so you'll see some shops are assigned to several categories:
Antique shops - Mainly sell pieces that are at least 100 years old, and typically can tell you about the history of the piece. Don't dismiss these too quickly, as you can still find some really nice things at fair prices.
Brockenhauses - Recieve their wares from donations, typically house clearances. Some are linked to charities, while others are stand-alone businesses. If you're used to charity shops in the UK or North America, the prices can be a shock, but if you know what you're looking for you can find some high quality pieces at fair prices.
Design shops - Overlap with vintage stores, but the difference is they sell top end vintage design pieces (typically 1920s or later) which are more like collectible art. They will typically be able to tell you about the designer and manufacturer of each piece and it's importance to industrial design.
Vintage shops - Typically 1920s or later, may have pieces from both known and unknown manufacturers.
Upcycle shops / workshop - Shops that sell 're-looked' furniture (e.g. re-painting, re-upholstery) or create new furniture from others things (like pallets). In addition to selling their own products, they often also offer workshop services.
Concept store - An assortment of products and lines such as books, beauty, fashion, food, and homewares; a carefully curated selection that connect to an overarching theme or lifestyle. Furniture is only a part of what they sell, and it may be vintage, upcycled, or new.