A simple way to buy quality second hand, vintage and design furniture.

 

No waitlists, no PMs, no ghosting by sellers, no need for google translate, no last-minute bidders, no need to rent a van, no driving around looking for blue-zone parking, no surprises about the condition of the items, no awkward moments when the seller doesn't have change for your 100 CHF bill, no weird people who keep contacting you after the sale, no need to even leave your house (unless you want to visit our showroom).

In short, no hassel.

We know what it's like

We know what it's like to arrive in a new city, or even a new country, and how daunting it can be to figure out how everything works. Especially when you don't speak the language. When it comes to buying furniture, most of us opt for the easiest option and head for the nearest big box store and pick-up some flat pack. Heck, even for those of us who have been here awhile, buying second-hand can still be a hassel (yes, the rant above is based on our personal experiences).

The sad thing is, there is so much high-quality second-hand furniture available, that we know you'd love, if only you knew where to find it, if only you had a way to bring it home, if only you could speak German with the seller, if only, if only if only...

We founded the ecochair.ch association to fix this, to make buying second-hand furniture in Switzerland as simple as possible: whether you're new to the country, or a long-time resident who wants to give second-hand another try.

Our solution

We make it simple by offering:

1. The ecochair.ch webshop, open 24/7

2. Free home delivery in the Basel area, and Swiss Post delivery for most items in the rest of Switzerland, for items in our webshop

3. Online payment options including credit, debit and paypal, and in our showroom all of these, plus cash and apple pay.

4. A 7-day no obligation reservation policy

5. Helping you find local businesses that sell second-hand, vintage, design and upcycling furniture in Basel, through our Second-hand furniture map, and carrying a selection of their produts in our webshop

6. Promoting second-hand furniture in general, including communicating options for different tastes and budgets, as well as a furniture repair and 're-looking'; through social media, newsletters, events, workshops and partnerships.

7. Explaining the link between a low-impact sustainable lifestyle and second-hand furniture, repair and upcycling.

Pretty easy, don't you think?

We are a Social Enterprise

The ecochair.ch association was founded with the objective of reducing the social and environmental impact of primary production (forestry, mining, oil and gas extraction), processing and manufacturing, by reducing consumer demand for new furniture, in turn reducing the demand for resources needed to manufacture it.

Basically, we're trying to save the planet and slow climate change.

No small task. However, we believe that as individuals we need to urgently make changes in our day to day lives, to reduce our impact. The easier it is to make the 'right' low-impact choices, the more people make them.

We think ecochair.ch provides a triple win, where you the consumer benefit by improved access to great furniture, local businesses benefit from your patronage, and your impact on the planet is reduced, which is good for all of us.

We have a legal form of an association ('verein' in German). We are a non-profit organisation, which means we have no shareholders, and the revenues from any commerical activities are used to sustain the operations, to extend our impact, and in some cases, may be donated to charities or civil society organisations whose projects or activities are aligned with our objectives.