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Op shop haul from Tasmania

16 Feb

Recently we had the absolute pleasure of exploring a good chunk of Tasmania. I love so many things about this island state that I could happily move there if it wasn’t for the cold. Cold weather and I are not friends. As always in our travels we seek out every market we can find and pop into every op shop we pass by. Here’s a visual feast of just some of our secondhand buys.

Found this bag for $8 at Cygnet Market, then daughter promptly stole it.

Found this bag for $8 at Cygnet Market. Daughter promptly stole it.

Glass bead earrings $2. Love these!

Glass bead earrings $2. Love these!

I couldn't believe my eyes when I picked this paper bead necklace up in an op shop in Burnie for $1 after just admiring them and chatting the the artist herself at The Markers Workshop just up the road.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I picked up this paper bead necklace in an op shop for $1 after just admiring them and chatting the artist herself at The Makers Workshop just up the road in Burnie.

Glomesh Bag is great condition. I especially love the chain on the strap.

Glomesh Bag in great condition. I especially love the chain on the strap.

Such a cool book for imaginative kids and only $1

Such a cool book for imaginative kids and only $1

Yes that's me! Hello. Driving from Hobart to the West coast of Tassie it suddenly became very cold, 9 degrees and raining sideways. I didn't find any snow jackets but did unearth this warm two tone scarf for $4 from a country op shop.

Yes that’s me! Hello. Driving from Hobart to the West coast of Tassie it suddenly became very cold, 9 degrees and raining sideways. I didn’t find any snow jackets but did unearth this warm two-tone scarf for $4 from a country op shop.

Beautiful beaded clutch from Launceston.

Beautiful beaded clutch from Launceston.

You know that saying, you never know what you could find in an op shop? Well its entirely true! I was a little beside myself when I found this red back spider costume in an op shop in Wynyard for $3.

You know that saying, you never know what you could find in an op shop? Well it’s entirely true! I was a little beside myself when I found this red back spider costume in an op shop in Wynyard for $3.

So there you go, what do you think? It’s always thrilling to shop like this on holidays but also restricting. I have to be constantly reminding myself about baggage restrictions and putting the larger items back on the shelf, sigh. What do you buy on holidays?

As much as I love sharing our adventures, hauls and reviews of the places we go I must admit to being a very slack blogger. I simply lack the time (or dedication?) to write the damn things. I constantly write posts in my head, does that count? I am however an avid Instagram poster. So follow us here for pics of all our hauls and a sneak peek at us.

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The Flea Market, a stallholder’s perspective.

3 Nov

As a Hunter Gatherer it can be all too easy to accumulate stuff. When the price for an item is just a couple of coins or even free off the side of the road, its hard to resist taking it home even if it doesn’t fit/is broken and you have absolutely no space for it. I try hard to curb this urge and seem to be constantly recycling things back to my local op shops but like most people there comes a time where you just have to admit that you have too much stuff & need to get rid of a lot of it in one hit. The quickest way to do this is by having a garage sale or a stall at a second-hand market. I prefer the latter. The atmosphere of a market makes for an enjoyable day, listening to live musicians, eating great market food and potentially coming home with a bonus treasure scouted from a fellow stallholder. The downside is the stallholder fee which eats into your sales, we minimised ours by sharing a stall with friends. These fees can vary greatly between markets so check their websites for info.

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The early morning start is not for the faint hearted either, best to pack the car with all your wares the night before and just suck it up. Pack your wares in a way that is easy to unload & plonk straight out for sale – clothes ironed & already hanging on coathangers ready to hang on a clothes rack in 2 seconds flat. Tip: bind the tops of the hangers with an elastic band. Assemble your clothes rack, hang & wheel the whole thing to your stall from your car.

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You need a float of at least $50 in a bum bag or small purse slung across your body.  It should only contain the float for ease of use & you should never put it down anywhere. Have your stallholder fee separate. If you have a pop up marquee or a beach umbrella, take it. A marquee defines your stall & is useful for hanging items from. Often you are sitting in the sun all day, you will be glad for some shelter. A folding chair, water & sunscreen are essential.

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Recently we had a stall at Rozelle markets with friends. We’d been planning it a while which meant we had plenty of time to gather quite a few items to sell. When I say quite a few, I actually mean enough for 6 stalls! I kid you not, we were laughing when we all met up at the market on the morning at how much stuff we had. Luckily we were allocated a stall where we could spread out a bit and we took advantage of every single inch.  Our kids even ran their own toy stall. With hundreds of toys for sale, they managed it like pros. Seasoned Hunter Gathers themselves they knew what prices to sell things for & how to haggle with their buyers. I was so proud! The kids worked hard on their stall all day, virtually unassisted & got to keep the profits from their toy sales.

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As is the way at flea markets, the dealers/permanent stallholders will scout the casual’s stalls as they are trying to set up in the morning picking over the best items in hope of being able to sell them on their own stall. I sold a man a wooden box for $8 only to see it for sale on his stall later for $20. You have to expect this sort of thing and just brush it off. It’s not just the dealers who will pester you whilst you’re trying to assemble your stall in the morning, the early bird hunters (like moi) will also be out in force. There’s no such thing as waiting for a stall to open, these shoppers know that first in gets the best items so be prepared to be mobbed. It’s just another reason to prepare your stock for immediate sale. Sort through everything & place items in tubs/suitcases/ boxes ready to sell. If you’re not selling it then pack it away, this goes especially for your handbag & personal items.

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Its best not to price your items and instead engage directly with your buyer, gauging with them the price and seducing them with the history of your item. People love sentiment and knowing where things originally come from. I made up a stack of these funny signs which generated interest and again got the buyers chatting to us. It’s a good idea to keep a pen & notepad handy to write down your sales so at the end of the day when you’re feeling frazzled you have some sort of sales history.

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It was a fun day and we each come home a little lighter of our wares & a few hundred bucks richer. I tried really hard to buy a stack of stuff and resisted looking at the other stalls til the end of the day. I was stoked to find these awesome cowboy boots for only $10. Like?

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We’re already booked in to sell at another upcoming market, the Narrabeen Car Boot Sale, so come find us & buy all our stuff!

Have you had a garage sale or a stall at a flea market? What are your top tips?

Haul List – Narrabeen Car Boot Sale

30 Aug

The early bird catches the worm as they say and these early birds got up before sunrise to make the 7am opening time at the Narrabeen Car Boot Sale. We’ve been busting to do this flea market again since our last visit. The whole oval is filled to the brim almost exclusively with genuine garage sale type stalls and with one of the cheapest stallholder rates in Sydney, it in turn keeps the sale prices down. We find that compared to other flea markets in the Sydney metro area, this one offers better quality items for the same if not cheaper price than others.

We picked up lots of things, here a sampler.

Men's Industrie jeans $2

Men’s Industrie jeans $2

2x3m of tie dyed fabric that I plan to use to cover a lounge.

2x3m of tie dyed fabric that I plan to use to cover a lounge.

Scaletrics set $20

Scaletrics set $20

New with tags Von Zipper hats & spotty leggings $2 each

New with tags Von Zipper hats & spotty leggings $2 each

Rustic pot rack $5 that I may put to another use?

Rustic pot rack $5 that I may put to another use?

28 CDs for $15

28 CDs for $15

As always our kids did very well out of this haul.

Billabong beanie $2

Billabong beanie $2

Lego Friends set $1, new pencil case $1, drawing book only 5 cents!

Lego Friends set $1, new pencil-case $1, drawing book only 5 cents!

Bunting $3

Bunting $3

Backpack $2, suede boots $5

Backpack $2, suede boots $5

New art canvas x 2 $4, jewellery stand 50c, new Wii Fit $1, phone cases $1each, crystals for my rock collector $5

New art canvas x 2 $4, jewellery stand 50c, new Wii Fit $1, phone cases $1each, crystals for my rock collector $5

The weather turned on another picture perfect day. The pay off for getting up so early is that we’re done the market in a few hours and can then hit the beach by late morning to enjoy the rest of the day. Win! A beach day in Winter? Yes!

The Narrabeen Car Boot Sale is held on the oval at Narrabeen Sports High School. 7am-1pm on the last Sunday of February, May, August & November.

The market is by run the school’s P+C association, so profits benefit the school directly.

Dapto Showground Market

18 Nov

I had to work down at Dapto this morning and us Hunter Gatherers love to use every opportunity to scope out a new area. So I was delighted to find that Dapto had a huge market on when I Googled it. The Dapto Showground Market is held at the very place the area is synonymous for, Dapto Dogs. The greyhound racing club that just about everyone has heard of.  The club has been in operation since 1937 when racing was legalised. As we entered the market we walked through the Pavillion where the original betting windows line the wall and the huge tote board oversees the undercover part of the market. unfortunately these have now been replaced with modern electronic facilities in an air-conditioned room next door.

Dapto Showground market

We got there at lunchtime hoping to find something to eat but there was nothing that we found appetising, only a kebab van, hot corn, popcorn, dagwood dogs & hot chips. Not a Gozleme stand or coffee van in sight! There was plenty of fresh produce though with stalls selling fruit & veg.  There was also homemade preserves and baked goods. We purchased an apple pie for afternoon tea.

The market is a mix of up to 400 stalls with everything from second-hand dealers and family boot sales to handmade items and fresh produce including plants. Ideally you want to get to a flea market early to snatch up all the best buys but despite our late arrival we still managed to leave there laden with stuff (we probably don’t need). Stuff like a Barbie shower $1, yet another scooter $5, a bag of plastic play food $3, a beach umbrella $2 (actually that I do need). Soy wax melts  by Emma-Lee that smell exactly like musk sticks, mmmmm. A gift for my dad who collects antique fishing gear, a set of handmade cedar fishing floats and a couple of cork ones in a satchel for $20. I also picked up a bunch of second-hand umbrellas for only $1 each. Those big golf ones and a smaller Oroton signature umbrella. The Oroton one retails for $65! For. An. Umbrella. Outrageous.

I couldn’t resist sneaking this shot of a snoozing stallholder at Dapto market

If you love hunting for second-hand goods and are local to the Illawarra region then you should definantly be visiting this market every weekend. Even if you are not local Dapto is not that far from Sydney at just over an hour away, a smidge past Wollongong. We spotted lots of great finds, some very collectable like vintage car parts and a reel to reel audio tape recorder in mint condition.

The market is held at Dapto Showground, Princes Hwy. Every Sunday 7am-1pm. Entry is $1, kids under 15yrs free.

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