Well I have been putting off this post because I thought the rain might cease… that might only be happening later this week… not a bad thing though as it drove us to seek an undercover market which turned out to be Lismore Boot Sales. That market has always been kind to us and this first Sunday of January was no exception.
We started at Beaudesert – very ‘beau’ and certainly no ‘desert’. It was a lovely day and we did OK although many were disappointed because the numbers were way down – all the camping grounds were closed because of the rain so there were literally no visitors – had to make do with locals!! That was Saturday 1st January. You might wonder where we saw the old year out – well it was there in the Dick Westerman Park where the market was held. We sat beside the van in our camping chairs under the stars and had a few drinks and nuts and wished outselves well for 2011. Then retired to our boudoir in the back of the van.
After the market we set off for Lismore hoping for a shower somewhere… it was very steamy at Beaudesert … well we did eventually find a caravan park that had staff in its office who could rent us a bathroom key. The caravan parks of Lismore are very sad places, rundown and untidy. Anyway we had a good feed at a Chinese restaurant and then retired again to the same boudoir, this time parked in the road outside the market site, too much light in the parking garage to sleep there. We were well ready for the start of the market – unprecedented really and so were able to do some shopping together with the other scavnegers who prey on the newcomers to the market. Was quite comical how they descended on us in a phalanx of 5 traders intending to prey on our mistakes, their bargains, and went away empty-handed. The irony of that was that I bought a very nice red German vase from one of them that I sold at a very decent profit a couple of hours later!
This was a turning point for us – it has restored our belief in ourselves as traders and our hope that this might provide the income Alan so sorely needs to generate without him having to look harder for another job which could really only be driving a truck. We will be back there on the 16th – the distance does eat into the profitability but still better to have the money for the bank.
Rain has kept us indoors since then but at least the eBay operation is starting to develop a bit of a rythm and income so we are still fed and housed.