Remember me telling you about the time I went bargain hunting? Well I had a role reversal and sold old things of my own. I did the stall with my cousin and we both found it very fun. People kept thinking we were sisters though.
We arrived quite late, around 8am since we got a little lost on the motorway and I exited too early (I hadn’t driven in the area for a year so I had forgotten how to get there.) So when we finally found it, we parked in our allocated spot and started pouring the bags of clothes that we had, plus those given to us by our family. There was a small crowd waiting for us to setup, trying to see what bargains were up for grabs; I felt like they were vultures eyeing up their prey. A man also asked when I pulled up if I had an old mobile phones – talk about impatient!
There were a few items that had a designer label or were brand new that I didn’t want to lower the price too much. After a fifth person asking and then walking away from my high priced items I started to think whether I should knock the price down a little. My cousin reassured me that if the right person comes and is interested they will haggle – she was right. I sold my Yves Rocher makeup box set (42 piece set) for £3, haggled down from £5. Although it costed a lot more it was a gift that I had never used and everything was still intact; I didn’t want to waste it. I’ve seen Superdry clothing and really nice Bape jumpers sold for £1 – an absolute bargain. After a couple of hours in, we found that individually pricing the items didn’t work and drove people away. We had piles of clothes and people kept asking how we were selling them. So we devised sections where one side was £1 and the other sold at 50 pence per item. It was very cheap but it meant people would be willing to rummage, so the bigger the crowd the more people it would attract (smart thinking huh?) Besides we had so much to sell I really did not want to repack it into the car and come back again. Our parents had told us, “if you can’t sell it then give it to charity”. This was our whole intention in the first place but we wanted to earn a little bit of money before giving it away.
There was also a lady who stopped her car mid-exit and yelled out the window about a unicorn toy I was selling. I gave it to her for 50p – I love last minute sales.
Our little brick-a-brack stall had clothes from sizes 8-14, shoes, toys plus little bits and bobs. We sold a lot of stuff and plan to do it once more before we dump the bags off at a local charity shop.
If you’re in the Sussex area, come pop by! We’ll be in Crawley Pease Pottage market this Sunday :)