CrashHubby’s sister told us she had booked a spot at the Camberwell Markets here in Melbourne, so we decided to tag along with a bunch of baby equipment we no longer need.
When I say we, I mean, CrashHubby. I looked after the kids. No way I’m getting up at 5am on a winter morning unless skiing is involved!
Yesterday the kids helped CH clean the different items in big tubs of water in the backyard. We at least got this bit right, using a non-toxic all purpose cleaner.
I made up a diluted 1:10 solution of ecostore’s Multi-Purpose Concentrate to water.
Tip: I’ve filled a couple of empty shampoo containers with the multi-purpose mix above. I keep one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. A quick squirt is all you need for clean basins, sinks and benches ;)
Another thing we got right was a bit of research on the internet to set our sell prices.
Then it all went wrong . . .
From CrashHubby’s experience this morning, here’s a list of things to avoid:
Don’t . . .
. . . be naive going into your first market. The ‘before sunrise’ market zombies will materialise and start poking around your stuff before you’ve even set it up. They’ll also try and get it for rock bottom prices and then sell it for double at their own stall!
. . . try and sell baby equipment that is in really good condition and worth more than pocket change. A lot of market goers are out leisurely looking for a bargain and won’t pay well for quality stuff.
. . . forget to take photos of your market stall for your lovely wife’s blog! Sorry – no photos to show :(
. . . forget to check the parking sign when you park at 5.30am in the dark. $70 parking tickets eat into the profits – quite a bit!
. . . tell your wife you sold her baby’s beautiful moses basket and timber stand for $25 (sob)
Here’s a photo of the truck AFTER the market – hmmm looks much like it did yesterday!
So there you have it – a failed trip to the markets and that corner of the garage we cleared just got filled again.
What are your tips for selling baby equipment?
I was thinking ebay, but seriously can’t be bothered with all the admin. Maybe a dedicated kids and baby market?
Tell me about your experiences – we might get this thing right yet!