|Bitchin' bar trolley for 85 CHF. Minimum hourly wage here in ZH: 20 CHF.|
There are a few reasons to buy second-hand, great value for the price chief among them. Beyond saving a bundle of franks (both antique and newly made wood furniture pieces are fairly expensive here in CH), I can take some satisfaction in knowing that, with luck and a discerning eye, what I find from decades past will usually be darn good quality. The piece shown in the above photo is made of a light-weight wood covered in a clear stain. The metal wheels are fully functional. The 'maker's mark', if you will, reads 'Pago'. After a bit of online research, I found out that Pago was a 20th century Swiss furniture company. Given where I now live, it would make sense to find Swiss products at second-hand shops. That I was able to find such a well-preserved piece at a decent price is good fortune, indeed.