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Thursday, 6 June 2013

eBay City Roller

Many moons ago, I wrote about my mild obsession with selling stuff on eBay, and it's been going strong ever since. This month, I had a bumper month, and cleared out quite a bit of junk. It's made me greedy! I'm planning what else can go, as I have a cunning plan! I'm keen to take the kidlets down to Turner in the holidays. Let me rephrase that. I'm keen to see the Turner exhibition and dress it up as an overnight adventure in Canberra with the kids, for some school holiday fun. I've set myself a challenge, to pay for it with my ebay starting June 1 (when the free listings start), I have 1 month to sell a Novotel Cultural Package (may not actually be called that) worth of toys and clothes my wee one has grown out of.
My partner doesn't understand why I bother, because I never make anything too pricy because I don't want any hassle (or questions about the item, for that matter). So it's little by little, but to be honest, I like that things are getting another spin before hitting the landfill.
I hope to also have some space on the shelf in the play room, and a hole in the big pile of junk in the spare it's win-win all round. I'm getting tired of piles of stuff overflowing everywhere. (I also give to a women's refuge but the person who takes it is away so there are boxes sitting around for her too! Everywhere I look, there are piles of boxes over's like a Kafka-esque nightmare.) I actually have no idea where all this stuff came from! I want space on the bookshelf for new books - instead of the currently 2 rows per shelf with more then piled on top. (I do know where that stuff comes from - guilty!)
So it's time to get ruthless and declutter for art (and adventure). Who's with me?! (running out like Bluto in Animal House).

Do you ebay? Do you have clothes or toys (or books) overflowing from their designated area? Will I get enough $10 sales to get me to Canberra? Do you care? Will the Turner exhibition be totally AWESOME or just MAGNIFICENT? So many questions - stay tuned for the next exciting episode....

POSTSCRIPT: This challenge just got magnified - Last night the Turner exhibition has just been ditched for a solo trip to the...drumroll...Singapore Grand Prix! Thanks to Scoot's $350 return sale airfare! As I'm not one to do things by halves, I've now set my target higher...on the positive, I have until September. On the negative, well, you know, let's not focus on that reality...

Linking up With Some Grace for FYBF...


  1. What a great original AND revised aim! Go you!!! I love that you are happy to do it just bit by bit. What's that saying - how do you eat an elephant? One bit at a time! You can do it and I look forward to hearing more!

  2. Glad you didn't give me an elephant recipe...;)

  3. My husband is a big EBayer. That is how we get to go on holidays twice a year. Even if we are having financial issues elsewhere in our life, he is adamant that the hours he spends on ebay selling comics is for family holidays and family holidays ONLY. He's a gun at it ... I'm not complaining. It's taking me to Hawaii this year.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  4. Really, Hawaii? Soooo jealous! I really want to go there! (and thanks for making me feel less delusional:)

  5. Nothing like a some good business objectives to get you to your destination. I've got a flock of little nephews and nieces so everything goes to them. Good luck. I know you will do it. Personally, i think Turner would be better but then I'm a sucker for art. Kimxx

    1. I am a bit sad about missing Turner (he is a master with light) but I've not been to a grandprix since 2003. I used to go all the time but then kids & costs got in the way. I even went to Monaco in my youth. I LOVE it. And I'm stoked Kimi is back from retirement, as I was a little lost in the this will be perfect! Been listing up a storm this morning...if Leanne can get her whole family to Hawaii, a solo traveller for a weekend is most DEFINITELY do-able!

  6. I have also noticed I can't talk (or type) about this pending expedition without clapping my hands together in happiness...I can not remember when I was so excited!!

  7. You know I haven't used ebay - except to buy, BUT I have SOO much crap I need to sell, but I've been told Gumtree is the way to go. No cost, people can pick up from your place - I'll let you know how I go!

  8. Gosh! Ebay! I never thought of that! We've been discussing a garage sale but that would be a bit techno-challenged when I think about it! Might save on postage though... You are as nutty as me I can tell :))

  9. I've just started on ebay. How do you know when the free listings are on?