A Little Miracle

A  week later – now after the last Lismore – I have to say it all felt like a bit of a miracle.  We did what we always do, packed the car, this time I packed up stuff and got oganised because Alan worked on Saturday – he got home and we showered gathered food – shakes in the making in the basket and set off.  As always the country was extraordinarily beautiful, green and mellow in the afternoon autumn light.  Mind you going the coast road, we only see the ‘country’ after we leave the highway!

As always the Lismore Workers Club delivered a very fine meal, the latest rugby Super 15 game and a lift in the bus back to our boudoir parked under the trees outside the shopping centre.  The usual 4 am start followed with the first dealers arriving about 6am.  This time I occupied the trolley return opposite Alan, it was a bit cosy but tables either side with a walkway in the centre worked well and the heavily decorated velvet ‘pelmet’ displayed beautifully at the far end.  Better to put the ‘girly’ stuff in its own place, it gets a bit overshadowed by the drama of the rusty tools.

Made a few early sales but nothing like we usually do and it all felt like a very slow day… although the ‘pelmet’ went early, contrary to doleful predictions by fellow market traders!!!   As did the cast iron ex-hospital cot which we have been carrying around, more like wheeling around, for ages… but nothing much else of note, so eventually we packed up feeling a little down in the mouth – we had counted the $50 notes and there were quite a few but it still didn’t feel terrific… When we filled the car with diesel, Alan fills and I count, we were amazed to discover that we had done double what we had predicted.  I still thought I must have made a mistake – but was able to put most of it in the bank on Monday and it was real.  Pretty good we thought, so nice to feel financially liquid for a change.  A little miracle!

But this is the inexorability of marketing – got to get more stock so that we can do the same again next time.  Which won’t be for a bit as Alan has lots of weekend shifts and I am going to South Africa to do some bonding with my childlren and grandchildren.


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 A Little Miracle

  1. David Amies says:

    How does and ‘ageing gypsy’ aspire to a Ph.D, go bonding with her family in South Africa, be a full time university person as well as all the other stuff like showering, catering, washing knickers etc., etc, and take on successful brocantage at the same time?

    Beats me!


    • Well the answer is with some difficulty but hate the idea of sort of going out to grass and not doing much… bit like you and Pat, with your extended career as a uni administrator, traveller, thinker and writer…

      you are a good friend David and thanks for the comments!!

      retrocentric aussie Alan and Lynette Sinclair We Buy and Sell +61 7 33895842 +61 431220334 (Lynette) +61 413243022 (Alan)


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