Last Trades to the Holiday

We gave another swap meet a go at Imbil/Mary Valley – beautiful place and pleasant people also among the other traders but not a lot of buyers… apparently the signs were stolen by garage salers in the town!! So no one knew about the swap… not sure what to think as some punters told us that there had been signs all over the place and further afield for at least the preceding week. Maybe memories are short in the regions.
Anyway we headed home and left the van and trailer at Fernvale ready for the markets on Sunday where we did well as we always do at Fernvale. Not sure why as there is competition for both our stuff. It might have something to do with the way in which we engage our customers… see the picture below.

From The Market Operation Warts and All

The next weekend we did an Antique and Collectable Fair at Ipswich – in the following pic you will see us in our antique and collectable fair personas!

From The Market Operation Warts and All

It looks a bit bleak from the picture, the corrugated iron and all but once inside the hall the place was full of stalls and traders and customers. We did OK this time too but always seem to come a bit short of our target. Mind you – some traders complained of doing less than half their usual take. We followed up with Fernvale again. Have to keep the bank happy while we are away.

I mentioned our forays into antique and collectable auctions – well the good part is that we are starting to sell a fair bit of what we have bought. It is significant though that the auctioneers make comments like – …”…10 years ago this would have fetched 10 times that amount…” It seems that the antique business is harder and less lucrative than it has been. The Sinclair’s impeccable timing again. What keeps us going at markets is Al’s stuff, car parts and old machinery as well as old and unusual tools. This business of 2 excursions a weekend is unsustainable for me though – turns my working week into a 7 days business.


About retrocentricaussie

We are a pair of ageing 'gypsies' who find junk and sell antiques, especially objects from the art nouveau/art deco years and old and well-loved tools. We also occasionally buy antiques as well!! We haunt clearance sales, garage sales, charity shops and sometimes dumps. Lately we have even been to a 'proper' auction. The thrill is in the chase for good stuff at prices we can afford and still sell the items on at a profit sufficient to support us. We recycle what other people don't want anymore, we find new homes for nice things. We sell at markets and antique fairs, swap meets and wherever else we can find. Our clientele are mostly ordinary people who want something they can afford that will enhance their quality of life. We are especially pleased when generation Y buy from us. It suggests that appreciation of quality and good design is still part of our modern aesthetic.
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2 Responses to Last Trades to the Holiday

  1. Henk Huijser says:

    Don’t you two look lovely! Also good to see that you are doing some reading. We’re off to Holland for a week this arvo, via Dubai. Have fun in SA.

    • Lovely to hear from you… enjoy Holland – change of pace and scene and weather always good for one. Hope it is not bad news about your dad. So far SA OK – just starting to unwind and feel as if on holiday. About to finish one ‘work’related reading and indulge in something light… going to try to alternate!



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