De-cluttering the house – eBay, car boot sale, charity shop

A few months back we found ourselves facing a huge challenge – we had to make our 4th bedroom usable. You may think “ok, so what’s a big deal?” The big deal was that we bought the house over 5 years ago and never used it, which means this bedroom became a dumping ground for all the stuff which we were not sure what to do with, spare items, seasonal items etc etc

This is just one corner of the room
This is just one corner of the room

The job was huge; huge to the point that I had to request help from my cousin Kate. She come for a week and yes, we did some “cleaning” and sorting but it wasn’t even close enough to what we should have done. We still were not able to enter the room freely, not to mention that there was still nowhere near enough free space to put a bed in. So Kate came and left and we were still left with a room, now half full of clutter.

Next help came in a  form of my sisters partner… he is much more strict with getting rid of stuff so we sorted out some more of our beloved belongs… but he left and we still had room full of stuff and the impending deadline for our bedroom to be usable and finished. It seemed as if the more we tidied the more stuff appeared, and everything we wanted to keep and thus found a new home for merely displaced some other stuff, that ended up in the fourth bedroom, it was a catch 22 in the making.

Then good fortune smiled on us and Roman (my sister boyfriend) returned to us a few weeks later. This time we had a plan to sort out everything. The plan was to make the room totally empty ready for painting and decorating. This plan was good and our execution was going rather well. So what was the plan? Basically we decided to split all “magic” items in this room into a select few groups:

  • eBay – things which we didn’t want but had some high value and were saleable
  • Car boot sale – all items which could bring us some small money and we thought may sell
  • Charity – all items which were in good condition but unsuitable for eBay or car boot due to size for example
  • Keep – this group had some restriction, we only kept things which had some personal value for us or could be classified as sentimental value items… everything else had to go into one of the other groups, simply put as we needed the space
  • Loft – we kept seasonal or same spare items which we would most likely need in the future, like few new kettles, which aren’t needed at this moment but one day they will
  • The tip – everything else which didn’t quite make any of other 5 categories, due to missing parts or bits broken.
Our Car Boot Sale Store
Our Car Boot Sale Store

So one Saturday we packed the car and off we went to sell our treasures at the car boot sale. The day was rather nice so sales were going pretty well. We made almost £100 and got rid of half of our load. On the way home we left all that didn’t sell at the car boot at the charity shop (we specially picked a Saturday car boot sale so we could do that). We returned home and packed the car with charity shop items and tip stuff. A mere 1 hour later we return home with an empty car.

Our room was finally clean and ready for its make-over. I feel so happy that this monstrous task is finally behind us. I am sad that I had to say good bye to so many things, but it had to be done!

Are you a collector or you are keeping a rather minimalistic approach to stuff?

Car Boot Sale 2-06-13

Wow, it was a crazy day. Check out this pile of stuff!

Two full car loads of car boot sale shopping
Two full car loads of car boot sale shopping

We visited 2 different car boot sales today, though we had to make a short pit stop at home between them in order to unload the already full car. Impressive shopping I think you will agree! Alas they are not all mine though. My cousin Kate is here and my niece Zuza and they both love to shop… as you can see on this picture.

Sorting out who gets what... we are getting there
Sorting out who gets what… we are getting there

As for me, I got myself:

–          New pair of Crocs type mules

–          Pair of thin jeans from Next

–          Few bits and pieces for my office

–          Lovely plain black T-shirt for Mark

–          14 T-shirts!!! They are all brand new, fair-trade, 100% cotton T-shirts from Marks & Spencer and they cost just 50p each… I just couldn’t resist

My Car Boot Sale Shopping - total spend £10.50
My Car Boot Sale Shopping – total spend £10.50

If you visited your local car boot today I hope you had very fruitful day as well.

 

Car Boot Sale 26-05-13

Car boot goodies from 26 05

The rain finally stopped pouring down from the sky and my local car boot opened today. Mark is off work so I demanded that he join me (ha ha). I never thought he would if I just asked but hey ho… miracles do happen sometimes. We both ventured out in search of “treasures”. It is a lovely day so we took our time and looked carefully at every stall.

This is what we manage to hunt down today.

2 huge Whittard coffee mugs with plates -  brand new - £2
2 huge Whittard coffee mugs with plates – brand new – £2
100 DVDs - new and sealed - £1
100 DVDs – new and sealed – £1
215 pieces art set unused - seems to be new - £1
215 pieces art set unused – seems to be new – £1
Wii "Your Shape" - Brand New - Boxed & Sealed - £3
Wii “Your Shape” – Brand New – Boxed & Sealed – £3
Toy for our lovely dogs - new - £1
Toy for our lovely dogs – new – £1
Hooded GB Jumper - used but looks like new - £1
Hooded GB Jumper – used but looks like new – £1
Replacement oven tray, looks new but unsure about it - £1
Replacement oven tray, looks new but unsure about it – £1
Replacement cooling rack - used, needs cleaning - 10p
Replacement cooling rack – used, needs cleaning – 10p
Caribbean Food with Levi Roots cook book - condition unclear - £1
Caribbean Food with Levi Roots cook book – condition unclear – £1
Dishwasher cleaner - new -  50p
Dishwasher cleaner – new – 50p
Red blanket - I have no use for it atm but I am sure I will find one - new - £1
Red blanket – I have no use for it atm but I am sure I will find one – new – £1
Super Slicer - Mark always wanted to have one - used but seems to be complete - £1
Super Slicer – Mark always wanted to have one – used but seems to be complete – £1

What do you think about our treasure hunt?

I think it was a very fruitful run 🙂

 

Car Boot Sale 05-05-13

My local Car Boot Sale – Stondonbury Re-use Boot

The sun is out and the car boot season seems to be in full bloom. I totally adore this time of the year. I love car boot sales, both as a seller and buyer, of course when I do them as a seller I am not able to check out what others have to offer so I suffer a bit…

Today I decided to take a walk and check out my local boot sale. No car so no big shopping, this was my thinking … how wrong was I?

My car boot sale shipping
My car boot sale shipping

I ended up “crawling” back with my 2 huge new pictures making my hands and arms dead every few minutes, but hey… I made it back home

So what did I buy?

–          2 lovely pictures of wine bottles, which will be perfect for the kitchen / diner – £2 for both + I had a blue tie for free,  which we used to tie both pictures into 1 package, so I can carry them

–          4 books at a total cost of £1.20

  1. Kids Can Cook by Judy Williams
  2. Cookbook for Boys from Usborne
  3. Drawing Scenery by Giovanni Civardi
  4. Draw 50 Horses by Lee J. Ames

–          3 notebooks which are so cute I just couldn’t resist – £2 for all three

–          Tracksuit pants for myself; this was a lovely find as they are new with tags and RRP £22 – £1

–          Hooded fleece for myself, which will be perfect for dog walking – £1

–          Weird flat frying pan, I was thinking it can be good for papadums if I can revive it – 20p

All these goodies cost me £7.40, which is less than RRP of one book (RRP of Drawing Scenery by Giovanni Civardi is £8.99). So how NOT to love car boot sales 🙂

Tomorrow is a Bank Holiday Monday so yet another chance to pick up some treasure.

Something new for the walls
Something new for the walls
Cook books so we can start training while they are young
Cook books so we can start training while they are young
Art books for my niece
Art books for my niece
Extra cute Winnie the Pooh notebooks
Extra cute Winnie the Pooh notebooks
My new dog walking clothes
My new dog walking clothes
Flat weird pan in need of TLC
Flat weird pan in need of TLC