Tips when selling things second hand

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With fall coming and so the feeling of change it’s a great thing to clean out the closet and sell some stuff that’s been laying there for waaay to long. We have a big storage space in the attic that I succeeded to give away and sell off  – about 2/3 of all the things up there! Feels great.

Also with all that information about how we’re tearing down the Earth, with the Overshoot Day and all that I posted about a couple of days ago going second hand with your stuff is truly the best. In stead of just buying new stuff – if we can reuse what we have or simply buy second hand we’re saving some of the earths resources. (For Swedish people download Blockets report about the environment here).

Since I buy most of my stuff second hand and I also spend way to long online browsing “finds” on dark nights… There are some things that I have been thinking about and I want to share them with you.

Second hand rules by Isabelle in Swenglish:

1. Check your spelling/kolla stavningen
Mostly in English I’ve learned that you write words apart. Like you don’t write bunkbed – it’s bunk bed. In Swedish you mostly do the opposite it’s not Vånings säng but våningssäng- In Sweden there are real drama if you do this grammar wrong!
It’s tricky I know but heey people  – try a spell check or google the word before posting an ad! This is also good if you want to buy stuff online because if you type bunk bed or bunkbed you mostly get completely different search results.

2. Better write too much than less – much is always more! / Mycket är alltid mer – skriv en målande beskrivning!
Stories goes around the block. I like to write why I’m selling my stuff and what great purpose it has been giving me in my life or that we don’t have pets at home or that the color in the photo is a bit stronger than in real or that you need two strong persons to carry the thing down my stairs when buying it or whatever useful or nice info it may be! Explain the the thing you are selling in many words and in an honest way. People doesn’t just want o buy stuff because they need it- you need to sell it to them!
3. Photos people – it’s all about the image! / En bild säger mer än 1000 ord ni vet!
I don’t need to explain this in our photomaniac time. Even if it’s the crappiest images ever taken it’s still better than posting an ad without one. And also be honest- take photo’s of the bad stuff as well – a tear in the sofas fabric or a crack on one of the chair’s legs. Here I always go for much is more again. I you want someone to get up from their sofa to buy yours – you need to present it good.

4. Size is everything! / Glöm inte måtten!
How much space will this lovely thing you’re selling take? How High, broad and deep is it? Can you also measure other things – like what’s the hight from the floor up to under the bed – is it high enough for extra storage? Or how much does the armrests go out from a chair? Or how big are the drawers in the cupboard? It amazes me every time people are putting up ads – like huge storage or tables without any measurements.

5. Shop around with the prizing. / Spana in konkurrensen!
Yes, your stuff may be worth much more  – but firstly check out the going rate for what you’re selling then compare their stuff to yours. Is it in better or worse condition? – then the prizing will be different. Do they live in town or far out in the suburbs? People tend to buy stuff a little more expensive when it’s sold in town since you don’t need to make the effort of going far or paying for gaz. Also even if a thing is worth alot – but it isn’t worth anything to you – sell it cheaper and just get rid of it. Or if you really have the time and space let the ad be up there for a longer time but with the risk that it will disappear among all the other ad’s. Swedish Blocket alone, have more than half a million ads every week! I tend to sell things cheap but still make a lot of money since it quick and many small things adds up! And also I love when someone buys stuff from me and it makes them happy with something that I don’t use or want anymore.
Also keep in mind that you have to make room for the wonderful art of bargaining when you set a price on something to sell!

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Right now I’m selling this pair of red chairs on Blocket that I’m working with right now. I’ve used them for a job but unfortunately I don’t have any room for them.
If you’re interested check out my Blocket ad right here – 1000 kronor and they are yours!

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Ps,  a litte #tbt
I also sold all my old vinyls – a 1 meter high pile  of records that I got 1000 kronor for (about 150 bucks). I know I have funky taste in music but that old records like that was worth anything – I didn’t know! Almost just threw them out.  Also stuck in between an old Prince cover the buyer found this portrait of 14 year old me!

Good luck with your second hand buying and selling!

xxx
Isabelle

 

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Frank´s playhouse By DosFamily

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This is my son Frank and his playhouse. It is white on the outside and green and pink on the inside. It is usually really messy but I cleaned it out for him one day when his friend Nelly was going to come over. And it turned out so cute I just had to photograph it.

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Every year it´s the same story:
As summer starts the kids totally ignore the playhouse. Mostly because winter has been cruel to it, things left in there has become damp and dirty (believe me – lots of things gets left in there). The spiders and wasps however love it and move in straight away. And once it´s full of cobweb and wasps nest the kids get even less excited about it.

When summer is close to an end I finally get around to cleaning it out. Making it enjoyable again.

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And that was what happened this summer as well. I cleaned it out one day when Frank´s friend Nelly was visiting us. They are just too cute in this picture. (Usually they nag at each other like an old married couple)

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On one side you can order burgers.

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Frank and Nelly are ready to take you order.

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When it comes to the decorating, this is what I did. I hired Viola and a friend of hers to paint the inside pink and green: (Körsbärsblom and Lindblomma från Beckers). I hauled out a lot of stuff: The kitchen sink and stove (from Brio). A carpet. (From Rusta). Happy meal toys and fleamarket finds to decorate the walls with. I even let two of my favorite ladies hang on the wall this year. Above.

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The other side of the house has a black board and an old school desk. I did not have a stool that was the right height so I used a storage box- flipped on it´s side instead.

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The bat -decoration is Isabelle´s design (from Ellos). The statue on the floor is from a fleamarket (bernardikonst)

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Inside the desk: Blues Brothers and other great stuff!

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The plates on the side are traditional Swedish Christmas plates. They are practically free at fleamarkets and look just as nice indoors as they do outdoors.

I also decorated some fencing poles with happy meal toys.( Just like I´ve done before but with birds. Remember?)dosfamily-brandtFranksplayhouse22

 

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Isabelle & Della doing Paris part2

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The saga continues! Such a great idea to take one kid to do a getaway! We’re having fun & we’re having time in a way we would never have at home. For me is also such a treat to watch her grow by the minute. The feeling of doing a big kids trip. And a mother & daughter trip in Paris is giving us loads of attention in stores & on the streets. Which we both love!

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I think I have to redecorate the kids room again. Yeah I know – for like the 6th time (yeah for real). But let’s get all the stuff out of there and put up heavy big dark curtains and soooft sheets. Then this kid will sleep like baby. And the staff at this hotel called Jules & Jim is fantastico. Emric at the front desk even got out to buy Della a special gift since he heard she’s here for her bday. Now shes over the moon. Thank you!

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The second day we went shopping. Our mostly checked out the shops. The timing with middle of August isn’t that great with a lot of shops and resto’s closed for holidays. But the café at Merci always seems to be open. Love the classical ‘lots of lamps around a pipe’ hanging from the ceiling.

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We’re also making a point of eating as much chocolate as possible. Skipping all things healthy in favor of rich butter and home made Nutella.

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Paris is somehow so beautifully green. It’s like flowers have to pop up in between all this stone and fundamental city structure that I must say Paris somehow is known for.

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First stop the infamous Merci that has opened since last time I was here. It’s a great concept store and the styling around the store is amazing but I wasn’t that impressed with their things. I didn’t get that wanting to buy stuff felling as much as I thought? Maybe it’s been to much hype for me.

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If going to Merci it’s a must to stop next doors at Bonton. There they also have that photo cabin. I always wanted to have one at home. Magic. Great styling, colors and choice of small stuff. But after growing up in Sweden I still have problems paying €50 for a kids T-shirt that they’ll grow out of in 15 minutes. But thats me.

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I think the time has come to get a neon sign. A photo booth and a neon sign – suddenly I become Tom Hanks in Big when he get his own apartment. Old dreams die hard…

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Bonjour madame! Feels weird being called madame. My mom is a madame and that old lady on the street is another madame- me I’m just me! Cause I’m not a mademoiselle anymore… Confusing.

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Colors to die for and Le gros manuel – cool book for kids.

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Paris to me is also all these fantastic windows. They are old but also huge. And mostly looking out on something with very much character!

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Aesop body milk testing – so smart to put them on the  streets – outside the shop.  Lately I’ve become addicted to scented luxury soap. Always thought it was so stupid but now I’ve fallen for it as well. Guess you can call me madame after all.

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Centre Pompidou is always present. Another cool thing with this town – that the landmarks keep showing up when you least expect it!

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Vive la France!

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Before going here we watched Moulin Rouge (yeah hard to explain her occupation but great dancing) and Amelie From Montmartre (the kids thought she was very mean to the grocery store owner but the garden elf thing was great). At the end of the yesterday we went up the hill to Sacre Ceur and took all the history in. Love going down movie memory lane when traveling. Remember Jenny & Jens Tv tour in New York?

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It’s also fun to watch all the tourist, pigeons and locals hanging out on the steps down from the basilique. I was hoping for this magic freestyle soccer player Iya Traore to be there for Della. And he didn’t let us down. Watch some clips from his site or even better go to sacre ceur and check him juggle the ball while climbing a lamppost and having the whole of Paris behind him.

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Yes, yes I know you’re psyched to see more but we have to experience it first! Calmez – vous!

I’ll be back soon!

xxx
Isabelle

 

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Life At Jenny´s House and what we obsess about

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Wassup rockers!
School starts this week and we are slowly (and unwillingly) trying to adapt to the changes. The weather has become drastically colder so we are back with being indoors and trying to find things to do with ourselves. dosfamily8B7B3163

Viola is constantly talking about Stromae. “Mom look at this video, you´ll love it!!“, “OMG he is so cool, here he is “half woman” Look mom, look! she screams and then complains:
Don´t you know any French at all mom?!” and
We need to go and buy some new ink for the printer we´re already out!”.

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I´m excited about the writer Rainbow Rowell. (Isabelle thank you for introducing me to her book Fangirl). I just finished her book “Elenor and Park” and this fall I´m planing to read the rest of them. Her main characters are often awkward but always so easy to develop feelings for.  A bonus for me is that the books take place in Nebraska, so I know all the places they go to. I´ve driven down those streets, gone to the same movie theaters and experienced those brutally cold temperatures.  So my plan this fall is to lay on my couch, with a fire going in the fireplace and read a lot. When I need a break I´ll watch the latest season of Sister Wives. (Yes I´m obsessed with Kody and his wifes: Mari, Janelle, Christin and Robyn)

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Bye Bye
Now I´ll go back to my usual “trying to hide from reality” state

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Earth Overshoot day

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(World Biocapacity / World Ecological Footprint x 365 = Ecological Debt Day aka Earth Overshoot Day)
Today is the day, this year, that we according to the Global Footprint Network‘s calculations have been consuming more of the earths resources than the earth is able to recover.

So in 1986 we pretty much just used the earth in the same pace that the earth recovered. Looking at 2014 we pass the earth abilities already today. So we need three of planet earth to match our consumption. Scary isn’t it? So when we are continuing to consume after this Earth Overshoot day we are taking too much of the earths resources, the fish stock and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are going trough the roof.

One thing we can do to help the earth is to buy and sell more things second hand. That we really need to think about what we buy and how. Do we need all this stuff? And if we want to buy something can we buy it second hand instead?!

The last couple of weeks I’ve been working with Blocket – they’re the Swedish edition of Craigslist. I really like the way they are doing business and trying to incorporate environmental thinking in the things they do from simple things like carbon offsets on all their employees travels to calculating and informing about what impact the second hand trade will make on the earth.

They are doing this campaign now around Earth overshoot day to inform everyone about their work and what it means to the earth when you buy second hand. Many people do not only sell stuff second hand because they need money they are also doing it because they feel it helps the environment.

Swedish trade with second hand saves about 1,6 ton GHG according to Blocket & the Swedish Environmental Institute (Svenska Miljöinstitutet). They have been doing calculations together. Just to make these numbers real if you save 1,6 ton GHG (växthusgaser)  that is the same amount of  GHG as if all trafic would be standing still in Stockholm for 1,5 years!

Read more about Earth overshoot day here.

 

In Swedish:
Den ekologiska skuldens dag

Idag är dagen som vi har förbrukat mer av jordens resurser än vad jorden förmår att återhämta sig av. Varje år räknar The Global Footprint network ut hur mycket resurser jorden har och hur mycket jorden klarar att återhämta sig. Just idag så har vi förbrukat det här årets totala kapacitet av återhämtning. Alltså fortsätter vi så här behöver vi alltså tre jordklot det här året för att klara av allt som vi gör med den. Vi snor jordens extra resurser, fiskebeståndet dalar och koldioxid lagras i atmosfären. Vi måste se över vad vi håller på med!

Den senaste tiden så har jag jobbat med Blocket. Jag gillar att de samtidigt som de såklart har ett företag att sköta ändå värnar om miljön och väljer att lägga tid och pengar på detta. Att handla second hand och sälja second hand ger effekt på miljön. Bara Blocket har runt 4 miljoner besökare varje vecka och det finns runt en halv miljon annonser på sajten att ta del av. Om Blocket väljer att informera om miljöaspekter och att köpa och sälja second hand faktiskt kan påverka så tycker jag det är toppen. Tänk vad en massa prylar 1,5 miljoner annonser faktiskt är och hur många människor de kan nå!

Tillsammans med Svenska Miljöinstitutet så har Blocket alltså tagit fram en rapport om hur handeln med second hand-varor påverkar miljön. De har kommit fram till att genom att handla second hand så spar man runt 1,6 ton växthusgas. Det är lika mycket som om all trafik i Stockholm skulle stå stilla i ungefär 1,5 år.

Här är några andra sådana uträkningar:
- Begagnathandeln med barnvagnar spar lika mycket som utsläppen från 830 villors årliga uppvärmning d.v.s ca 10800 ton växthusgaser.
- Begagnathandeln med cyklar sparar lika mycket som om trafiken i Stockholm stad stod stilla i tre dagar d.v.s ca 7900 ton växthusgaser.

-Begagnathandeln av möbler sparar lika mycket som koldioxidupptaget från 3 miljoner fullvuxna bokträd d.v.s 175300 ton växthusgaser.

En stor grej vi alltså kan göra är att helt enkelt tänka på hur vi konsumerar och att genom att köpa och sälja second hand så hjälper vi miljön!

Ladda ner Blockets miljörapport så kan du läsa mer genom att klicka på den här länken.

Och kolla in WWFs medelande här.

 

Blockets infofilm om miljön.

This post is a collaboration with Blocket.

Isabelle

 

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Mais oui – Isabelle & Della are in Paris!

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Della my daughter turned 8 two weeks ago and she always dreamed about going to Paris and me always keen on some travel saw the opportunity and went straight to book a trip. I also believe 8 is a good number for doing a trip like this. We’re having so much fun!

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It ‘s so nice having time, just the two of us. And I’m trying a strict no mobile rule. Damn those phones – they really want to get into our lives. The good thing though is less mobile = loads more photos with my good camera!

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Street art pretty much everywhere. Think I need to start doing it in Stockholm – there are not enough back home! Gives a town character.

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And also great doors, fences and balcony railings. Diversity is always a great key for succes.

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This station was a bit as the Swedish kids tv show Labyrint!

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But of course we had to do this. But Mona Lisa has to wait.

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Pont des artes with all the love locks was cool. Not cool that the bridge is collapsing but such a strong love force!

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Yes, there was also dogs in bags.

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And the mighty tower of Eiffel. Up up up we went. A good idea is to buy the more expensive but very smart and handy skip the line tour tickets – for easy direct access and no lines to wait. My girl would have driven me mad waiting for a couple of hours to get up there.

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At the top we almost fell off by the wind. Luckily there was fences everywhere. Still felt obsessions like I had when the kids where babies. That even though I was far from a window that I would somehow slip and the baby would fly in the air and 2 meters further -  out the window. Or when I stood in the kitchen cooking I obsessed about tripping with a huge knife in my hand and this knife would fly – high in the air and somehow end up in the baby…
It’s pretty common – having baby obsessions like this – right? Feeling a bit weird actually writing this…

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Get out of here!! – That construction is wicked!

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Guess it was “Cool girls on top of the Eiffel tower ‘ day today.

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We took the elevator up and used our legs on the way down. Not as good for your bum but great for tired citytripping feet.

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Bonjour mademoiselle

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At first I didn’t notice I was walking on glass. Then I almost fainted. Not that afraid of heights but that glass thing got to me. Della started to jump up n’ down screaming -Look mom it’s super safe!! I promise.
Well, I’m not buying it.

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This image reminds me of Robin Williams in Hook when he flies on his back <3

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Jack-straws building de lux.

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Work it Della!

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Robocops IRL.

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Had to get a jump in there as well!

xxx
Isabelle

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