Posted by: Admin | June 2, 2011

What goes around, comes around

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Son no 1 is the father of two small boys with another due any time now. Baby equipment is expensive, so we’ve decided to help him out by putting a few unwanted items on ebay. They say that one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure, so it will be interesting to see how much we can raise. Enough for a new buggy, do you think?

I know people who quite literally supplement their income on ebay and at car boot sales. Everyone loves a bargain, and those that never thought of it are discovering the joys of “recycling” their belongings in this recession.  Freecycle is a great resource, and not just for young people setting up home. Household items are advertised free to anyone who can collect, which helps the donor as well as the recipient.

I think that, whilst needs must, it’s also part of the backlash against the out of control consumerism that has come to symbolise the catastrophic global financial crisis as well as meltdown in the nation’s household budgets. I know mothers who, in the past, have wasted countless pounds on buying baby equipment they didn’t need. I wonder how quickly we’ll forget once the economy picks up again?

I’ll think about that when it happens. Right now, all I care about is that my grandson has a decent buggy.

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  1. About seven years ago I cleaned out the trash in my garage before I moved. I literally took stuff out of the trash in some cases. I put it all on Ebay and collected somewhere between 1200 and 1800 U.S. dollars after expenses. It was work and it required attention but it was worth it. The best part was stuff that I knew was usable went to other people who knew it was usable.
    I need to do it again.


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