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.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Loot Part I

The past week has been extremely slow. I only shipped out a men’s sweater on Monday, which wasn’t a trash find but a charity donation. The Man didn’t like it. I was happy though because it took seven months to get a decent bid on it.

What is waiting for pick-up is the IKEA Alang floor lamp from the big haul I mentioned last time. I had a great bid on it, so I shouldn’t complain, but the lady canceled this morning because of car trouble. I really hope to hear back from her soon.

Let’s have a look on some of the glass and ceramics I got from our emigrant.


Rosenthal glass dish. German. Should have some value, but the design isn't really attractive.

This is Turkish. The symbol on the lid represents a word, 'zerendud', for which I haven't found a clear translation yet. Anybody? It looks touristic to me, but it does have a numbered certificate.

I like this vase. Also German, by Joska Kristall. Currently they only offer very tiny vases, so value here is also hard to determine. Haven't looked on Ebay yet.



Dutch mantelpiece vases. Surely imitations, but I found out that the Dutch shipping companies had them produced in China in the 1600s, which may explain the somewhat Aziatic decorations.

The smaller one is cracked. I found it days later in a separate box and I added the photo to the listing for the windmill as proof of it's Dutchness.



Three Delft Blue plates, to hang on the wall. Painting reproductions of Gerard Dou, Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer. Only the edge is hand painted.

Enough for now. Any information welcome. I'm just not used to selling things like this. Don't know what to ask, what to expect. I thrive on regular second hand.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Work To Do

Last Tuesday my friend and I had a great haul. He spotted a guy bringing out boxes and gave me a call. Location: the far end of my street. With my little plastic hand truck I brought it all home in three goes, while co-picker was guarding the loot. Meanwhile the guy came out once more and explained he was emigrating. I now have three boxes and some bags full of glass, ceramics, cutlery, pans, an IKEA floor lamp and lots of small stuff. I sorted most of it, but photographed just a few things so far. I think I have for weeks to work on. Have a look in the shop to see the first things I listed. It’s all what’s above the dictionary.

For now just a quick report of sales since the last post.


Vintage baking book in bad condition. Flogged, surprised it went quickly.

The IKEA Hol table, it took a bit longer than expected.

Curver storage system from the 1980s. They were mine actually, got them for free years ago from the office’s coffee corners when they changed to new machines. Not really trash, but it could have been.


Croon vintage type case. I thought they were out of fashion.

IKEA Brimness chest of drawers. Model out of production. It caused a little bidding war just hours after listing. Found across the street.

Dress made in UK.

More shelves. To a friend.

Rusty iron table. I really like the shape of the foot and thought it would go fast, but it took five months to get a serious bid.

In all I made EUR 61,50 on trash in one week. I’m ahead of schedule for the month!