Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Still Clearing the Clutter


Once again I am dipping my toes in the world of selling on Ebay.  Yesterday I offered for sale THIS lovely Cath Kidston sewing box.  I've had it a few years, but it is in brilliant condition because it was always sat in a cupboard, so no fading.

Why am I parting with this lovely, well I am still of the mind that we have too much stuff, and I don't want to live with excess, so once again I am looking at things with fresh eyes and working out what should stay and what should go.


This sewing box is the first thing to go as I have just bought myself a dual purpose sewing /jewelery box of just the sort I have been looking to find for the last couple of years.  So with the arrival of the new mini chest of drawers I can part with this and a couple of boxes and pots that my jewelery was stored in.

This year for Christmas the immediate family decided that instead of buying each other presents, that would perhaps be not what we either wanted or needed, we would all buy ourselves something we really wanted and do a 'show and tell' instead.  So my new sewing box is my gift to myself and this little lovely can be somebody else's ... where hopefully it will be loved all over again.

(Edited to add - If you want to follow it's progress on Ebay and see what it eventually sells for, just click on the link in the first paragraph, or HERE.)

Sue xx

24 comments:

  1. We have relatives with children living in New Zealand. It was costing more to post the Christmas presents to NZ than we'd actually spent on the gifts. So a couple of years ago, I suggested that our relatives in NZ buy gifts for their children from us and we buy gifts for ours from them. That way everyone saves on postage and the children are more likely to receive suitable gifts as they've been chosen by their parents. Our other relatives living in this country are doing the same thing with the presents for the New Zealand kids.

    Love your sewing box and I am with you on getting rid of stuff. The older I get, the less I want x

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    1. What a brilliant idea ... and of course it means that the money that would otherwise be used on postage can be added to the value of the gift and everyone wins.

      The sewing box was a gift from Lovely Hubby a few Christmasses ago, a lovely surprise as I was in my 'Cath Kidston' phase .... I've grown out of it now thank goodness, it is an expensive phase to be in ;-)

      Oh, and I did ask him if it was alright to part with it and he was in favour as he loves my replacement almost as much as I do.

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  2. We are buying ourselves a joint present this year with a token gift to also open on the day.

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  3. Oh how I would love that sewing box, it is truly gorgeous :-)

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  4. It is so beautiful. But I wonder if it is in any way handy.
    I know I would be very fearful of using it as I am so messy. I use a big toolbox for my sewing kit.
    We don't really buy presents anymore. Only for my little niece and nephew something small and preferably nothing made of plastic.

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  5. I love the "show and tell" idea.

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  6. Ooh, I love the sewing box and would have loved to own it, love Cath Kidson.

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  7. A lovely eBay item, you should get quite a few bids on that one! I'm also having another eBay phase. Just want less stuff! My latest item was £70 worth of unused Liz Earle products which made me £31. Determined not to waste such ridiculous money ever again by sticking to one cleanser which I've gone back to time and time again. Why did it take me so long to come to my senses!! Good luck with your bids.

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    1. Wow ...well done. To get almost half your money back is a really good result. I do find it's the recognisable names and labels that sell well and that people trust to buy at a good price.

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  8. I have always wanted a dressmakers dummy. I was given one by a decluttering neighbour last year. But it was size 16 [I haven't put on that much weight] I finally sold it on eBay recently, and treated myself to a haircut and replacement frying pan with the money. Should I now advertise my first edition, autographed, Mary Berry cookbook do you think?

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    1. You might get a better price for that through Amazon Sellers. This is where I sell books rather than putting them on Ebay.

      Signed copies go very well and you put the price you want for the book and don't risk it going for a low sum. The site is really easy to use, and you know upfront exactly what you will get for your sale as the postage charge is itemised separately, Amazon tell you what their fees will be for your sale when you make the listing, if you are not happy with the figures you don't have to go ahead and list the book.

      But the big question is can you possibly bear to part with it .........

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  9. Sue I am not being picky I have looked at your listing and the photographs, just a suggestion a photo showing the Cath Kidston label might help it sell for more.

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    1. I have photographed it from every angle already, there is no Cath Kidston label on the sewing box and there never was. If I remember correctly it had a cardboard parcel type label on red cord when LH bought it for me. Any Cath Kidston aficionado (and there are lots of them) will recognise and realise that it is the genuine article.

      It has already reached a price that I am more than happy to sell it for and there are still four more full days left for any future bids, so I'm not worried.

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    2. I recognise the fabric as Cath Kidston, shame about the label it would help to hike the price up with collectors, hope you do well with it.

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  10. I have started selling my unwanted items and done very well the last few weeks.

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  11. Mr D and I have also started selling stuff on eBay - it could get quite addictive :)

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  12. I can understand your want to be rid of stuff. Lovely sewing box. Wishing you much success in your, get rid of the crap (even though it's not crap), journey.

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  13. I think I'm in a minority.....I loathe Cath Kidston designs, they're all too fussy for my tastes.
    Having said that, a sewing box is a lovely and useful thing to have, and I'm sure lots of CK fans will be after this one!
    I'm so lazy that I just give everything away, to charity shops, friends, neighbours etc rather than selling it, I just can't be bothered with the 'faffing about' involved in selling! I'm stupid, I know, stupid and bone idle!

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    1. Not stupid at all, I toss lots of stuff into carrier bags and drop them off at the chairty shop. Selling on Ebay can be a real faff with the having to package and post off things and go online to tick boxes to say you have done so. Not to mention the few folk that say their parcel hasn't arrived or has arrived damaged when you pretty much know they are just wanting freebies.

      I doubt I'll be putting anything else up n Ebay as it's almost time for me to start my 'Reverse Advent' and the local charity shops will be getting all the things I sort out for that.

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  14. It's such a good idea to move things on, but there are so many treasures I don't want to part with. Have a really special Thanksgiving Day.

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  15. It's a lovely box Sue, I have a similar one but not Cath K though (still happy with mine) x

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  16. I'm endlessly gearing up to purge my life of junk, but I'm 1) a natural obsessive compulsive who worries about chucking stuff out and 2) I'm lazy.

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  17. What a clever idea about Christmas presents - wish I had thought of it before I did my Christmas shopping.

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  18. O that is so cute..i would bid on it but i have a lovely tin sewing box that does me just fine..i have had a huge purge on the girls clothes..listed lots and boots too..
    sara
    x

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