Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Rob & Coen’s Car Boot Sale

A week after our second sale at the mall we went to check out a new venue by the river IJ and had a great view over the water. Unfortunately the crowds failed to flock in. There was competition from two other markets in town, one that we used to love but was booked full and the IJ-hallen which is in the same part of town.

So we didn’t do well. I sold 11 items in total so imagine. Still want to show the unsuccessful listings I got rid of.

The only piece of clothing that went, one more H&M out of the big suitcase. To our neighbour’s wife, the owners of the stock of books and records in the first picture.

A souvenir bottle opener from Disney World. Out of the emigrant’s kitchen drawer. Obviously he visited the US before moving over definitively.

A funny name sign. To a guy who’s friend Edwin just moved to a new house.


But this necklace of semiprecious stones saved the day. I had intended to list it on Etsy but never did. It’s a kind of strange random collection of beads on a string and I doubted if anyone would fall fort it. It was my most valuable item, a man bought it for his son who was going to redo it.

Mainly thanks to this I came home with a little extra money in my pocket. Still we decided we like this place. We love the view. The man behind it is very nice. He gave all vendors a little discount for the lack of visitors. We don’t have to book in advance. So if it rains we just don’t go. There was a dj who played nice old music. 

It’s a shorter ride than the one we couldn’t book for and we’ve had very bad days there as well. I will also not miss the sand and uneven display surface of that place. This photo is from years ago and the water in the background has been turned to land and is now a building site.

If it's up to me we don't go back here. The mall though is the best place so far. More about that soon.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

More Fun At The Markets

Half June we went back to the mall. It was a lovely half cloudy day so we were on the rooftop and it brought in even bigger crowds.

Here are some unsuccessfully listed curb finds that I got rid off.

Thick polka dotted party candles, from a suitcase across the street.

If I remember well this handbag came from the same haul. Brand new just not too attractive.

As well as these cheap Victory sneakers. Can you see the original price?

More thick candles, from the emigrant's posessions.

And from the same loot, ergonomic Joseph & Joseph strainer.

A four liter plastic jug, made in Mexico. Found across the street last September.



Last but not least a set of handmade Mediterranean candlesticks. I'm not sure about the origins but I'm thinking Greece. Not my taste but I do like the little deer and bird. Brought home by the Man in December.

My focus is totally on the outdoor sales now. I love to see the stuff going and hope to sell out this summer, so I can start listing new things in September. We already did two more car boot sales, hope to come back on it soon.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Car Boot Sale Akerpoort

I’ve been busy, very busy. First, half April I started sorting stuff and packing for the first big street sale opportunity, the flea market on our national holiday, King’s Day. But rain was predicted, it was cold and we never went. Then the rain failed to appear and I was a bit cross with my friend that she chickened out, but it was still very cold.

Not listing a lot slowed down sales, but I still closed the month best of 2016 so far.


Pretty happy to get rid of the Royal Darlington coffee cups and the Dutch vases to one buyer, so it all went in one box and left my house in one go. The deal wasn’t great, but decent enough.

Then May started in warm weather which is not good for sales. People are having fun outdoors. I started sifting through my seven bags again, taking out all that I deemed not good enough for the car boot sales. That’s all we will have the rest of the season and we can only fit in 4-5 bags in the car each. At King’s day we are nearby her house and she can go back home for a second load while I start selling.

I brought the surplus to the free pick-up center. It took me about five bicycle trips, one every other day. It wasn’t a punishment with the pleasant weather. Not bringing back a lot to sell I was left with five bags for the next sale.

In the meantime I took the opportunity to do some gardening.

Green beans are coming up.

Bell peppers from last year that survived the winter indoors are growing some fruits already.

Radishes will be ready to eat within a few weeks.

May promised to be an absolute low, and I was glad my friend finally booked for the event, then I had a big score. Across the street I picked up a pair of EUR 389 Italian men’s shoes. Being a small size I didn’t have too high hopes though.


In 2014 I failed to sell this fine pair the same size on line and I flogged them at a market.

But I wisely removed the sticker with the outlet price before listing my pair of Santonis.

Well, I sold them within 24 hours at EUR 75. I didn't think it would get better and accepted first bid. But then there was someone overbidding, but not too much. I was thrilled enough with my 75. Second time since August I made such an amount in one sale. It made up for the whole month and with just enough 5-10 EUR sales I was ahead of schedule.

Finally last Sunday was the big day. The sale was on the parking roof of a mall, a new venue for us in a part of town where we hadn’t sold yet. Then some rain was predicted again, but we were very keen on checking the place out and repacked a bit focusing on stuff that is ok to get wet. Early morning it was announced that they moved the show to the lower parking decks, so we were covered.

We had a great day. The ride was short and convenient. Inside we were competently guided to our place. Everything was very orderly. We were a bit late and the crowds were already circling around and started buying as we were still unpacking. That can be a bit stressing but I’m used to it since we’re never the first to arrive.

I had a lot of stuff that didn't go on line in the past 10 months. First out was my plastic bunny. It’s actually a lampshade, but I didn’t have the fixture and it’s cracked at the back. A recent find from across the street that I listed without much hope. Still I thought it would make a cute sort of garden gnome and that’s what the lady bought it for. I would have liked it for my garden, but my cats like that patch of grass and weeds.

Here’s Thomas enjoying some afternoon sunshine.

And Joey, my co-picker’s helper.

My friend sold my oven dish when I was looking around and priced it a bit too low in my opinion, but otherwise I might have had to bring it back home, so I said nothing. One of the duller things from the big loot, I’m glad it’s out.

This wooden mortar was listed forever. Picked up on the way home from I forgot what.

Four school notebooks. You get them new for next to nothing in packs, I got half of that. Not bad and a happy schoolgirl. They were in one of those suitcases I got from across the street.

Two skeins of finger or arm knitting yarn. From co-picker. Last sale of the day.

All the rest, mainly shoes and clothing I never photographed to list. I lost almost one complete bag but did not make a lot because I priced low to get rid of the bulk.


I'm looking forward to go back to this place soon. I had to leave one bag at home because the car was full, so if the same crowds visit I have enough new things to show.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Loot Part III

Nothing of the delicate stuff from my big haul sold yet, and the IKEA floor lamp deal was canceled. But I made some good money on the more regular items.

The guy had a pretty luxury set of 12 person flatware by Justinus from Germany. But I guess he kept a few things to survive his past days or weeks. So he left me with 10 forks, 11 knives, 11 spoons, 11 coffee spoons and 12 cake forks. For the rest it was also complete. This sold four times more than my vintage Gero set years ago.

A rock stone mortar. I have one in wood that nobody ever reacted on. It’s waiting in a market box.

Ceiling lamp by Qazqa. It had a faint water stain, but the buyer didn’t mind.

And I’m not sure if this is just a statue or is intended as a book rest. Not to happy to ship plaster, but the buyer paid insurance.

In all EUR 73. That is almost half of all sales this month. April is my best month ever so far!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

What I Love Selling

Just some fun sales from last year that didn’t make it to the blog yet.

Piece of leather cut out from the back of a couch. Who would do that?? Well, my dad used to do things like that. I still have a piece of wool fabric from one of our 1960s chairs, that I rescued from mom’s attic. It’s still waiting to be worked into a brooch display. This summer I hope!

I thought the leather would be perfect for craft projects and I’m sure my buyer did too.

Children’s chair, 4+ year olds version, to put on the back carrier of bicycles. Cracked plastic, I fixed it with duct tape, didn't matter to buyer. Sold after one day. Kids learn to ride at 5-6 here, so it would be soon out of use.

Miffy suitcase. Out of retail. Found across the street. Grandmother needed a third one for third grandchild. With shipping she paid more than the original sales price, but she was more than happy to.

Soft body doll found on favourite curb. Took a bit of effort to get it clean, but it was the best of a bag with more toys. They will go to the next outdoor market.

Vintage Arcopal dishes in mint condition. Unfortunately since half of France knows they are popular in the US prices on Etsy and Ebay have dropped dramatically. My mom had that fruit design and I think it’s the most common. I was happy with whatever I got for them.

Single flower vase. A mid day trophy on a trip to paper or glass recycling dumpster.

Bird cage. It was quite a weight with groceries loaded on my bike already and I came home with cramp in my hand, but the sale was worth it.

These are the kind of items I love to sell. Value EUR 5-15, they go out quickly after listing, I’m able to give buyers a good deal, with still getting a decent price for me and always happy faces at the door or grateful emails afterwards.

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Loot Part II

Things are still very slow, but at least yesterday I sold a winter coat that a friend gave to me and I have two pick-ups scheduled for tomorrow. I hope nothing gets canceled this time.

With the sweater of last week, at the beginning of Spring I sold two winter items in a row that have been waiting all season. You just never can tell!

I did my homework and found a link to the most likely original seller of my Turkish glass jar:

To give an indication, TL 850 is about USD 295…

Knowing that I’m getting less comfortable with having to store and wait long for good bids for all the delicate stuff as it’s not likely going to go fast. Most of the visitors of the local classifieds site I use are looking for 5-20 euro stuff and that’s what I have and enjoy trading.

Like another huge clay planter. Picked up on my favourite curb in October and sold immediately for a too low bid, but I wanted it out before winter.

Or these two that I got more for than expected.

So I may in the end have to sell some of Mr. emigrants fine porcelain under its price:

This is German, Rieber, Bavaria. It may have a chance as it’s renowned, but the gilding of my set is not in mint condition all over.

These cups and saucers are stamped Royal Darlington and I can’t find out anything about it.

The guy sure liked gild. This looks Japanese to me, but I can’t tell.

Last for today, from Australia by Maxwell & Williams. It’s not vintage (stamped 2002) but the stuff isn’t cheap. As it’s fairly sturdy I may try it at a market. Someone might fall for the design without actually being on the lookout for a teapot.

Lucky there was some a bit more regular stuff as well. Things I can stash in my storage or even leave outside and flog at the car boot if it doesn't go. Later about that.