The only downside I can think of from my love of things, is the amount of stuff that accumulates within the short space of 18 months! (Especially if you manage to come down with a severe case of Trademe addiction during the winter hibernation months...)
I love my precious things but I have to move on, onwards to more new and pretty things!!
I really need to avoid sending a ton (literally) of stuff around the world again, and selling items on Trademe is no way near as exciting as buying...
A garage sale was the only answer!
I bravely sacrificed my only free weekend day to wake at 6.30am (I normally only see this time of day if I'm still partying, otherwise this is known as sparrow fart o'clock)
My ever-supportive sister and her very handy boyfriend also joined in the fun and next thing you know it's 6.30pm and we're all thoroughly exhausted, sunburnt and have a lot less stuff and a bit more dosh! YAY :)
Here's a photo of one of the first and favorite customers of the day before things got really crazy!
She had purchased my bike off Trademe and ended up with some sweet scores, plus after she went away, came back with a bunch of her friends too who also spent up large! All with a smile and no haggling!!
There was only one crazy lady who just wouldn't leave, and had the nastiest, sneaky haggling tricks up her sleeve, and probably a few of my bracelets too...
I wish I hadn't let her bully me in to holding on to a few items for her to come back and collect the next week!
At around 2.30 after a quiet period, we were getting a bit fed up to the extent where a fruju just didn't cut it and all we wanted was to jump in the sea... A funky dad and his kids came barreling up the driveway enthusiastically proclaiming that they LOVE garage sales!!
We had a great time showing the little boy how the stomp rocket worked and telling them the names of their new teddies. They had to come back with the car because they bought so much stuff!!
After finally deciding to call it a day, and packed the remains in the the car to go to the Sallies, and a cold shower and an even colder glass of wine, it was time to head to the Botanical Gardens to see what was on at the sound shell. But that's another post...
All in all, it was a long hard day but totally worth it and a lot of fun!
Wish me luck when the crazy lady comes back to collect her stuff tomorrow.