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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Feeling Thrifty? This is Nifty!

Why is it when I am totally 'skint' there are so many things I would like to buy?

In particular,  a new DSLR.  I used to have one but I gave it to my Father-in-Law for his Christmas two years ago and I have regretted it ever since.  I am happy that it made him happy (he is really into nature, loves his fishing and has taken some beautiful photos) - but I have really missed it.  

The camera I really want is the Canon EOS 600D (£399.00 from Curry's).  My lovely friend Kirsty from Rockit-Style has this particular one and was showing me at the FABB event in Glasgow last weekend, the quality of her photos were amazing.

This is how I plan on getting it

One of my flaws is impatience, if there is something I want, I find it hard to wait.  Now,  I don't have a spare £400 to blow on a Camera, I already have a standard digital one that works well.  So it got me thinking - how can I make some money quick that won't leave me out of pocket?   

A Car Boot Sale crossed my mind, they do one in my local town every Sunday - but you know what? I'm just too lazy to get up that early on a Sunday morning.  So, I decided to be ruthless and search for things I could sell online that I already own.  I came across a a few items that 

(1.) don't get used often (2.) already have replacements.   

These items being a Samsung handset and two old IPhone 4S handsets (which have been lying about in the kitchen drawer for months, gathering dust).  I then thought, I could sell my IPad too (I already have a laptop after all, and an IPhone), I don't really need it and rarely use it.

After doing some research online and after a recommendation from my sisters boyfriend, I logged into Music Magpie and was totally amazed at the amount of things you can sell  - DVDs, CDs, Electrics, they even accept clothes!

I entered the details of each item into the website and each item got an individual quote.  Well, I am quite flabbergasted, I got quoted an outstanding £383 for the lot!  More than I have ever made at a boot sale.    Obviously, the company would have to check the items are in the condition I specified on application, before paying out the exact money quoted but I am hopeful and will of course update you of my progress.

Since Christmas is fast approaching I thought I would share this with you.   It is an expensive few months ahead.

If you are in need of some extra pennies, have a look around your house - you would not believe the things you could sell and what people will buy.  I have done well selling items on Ebay before but find the entire process time consuming.

Have you tried using sites like these before? How did you get on?

I'm hoping to have my new camera for my trip to New York next month so fingers crossed!!  



  1. I would love a new camera myself and preferably the same one you want lol it sounds amazing!
    But I guess I am gonna have to look around my home for things to sell if I want one.doubt I would have enough to sell to reach that amount Id need but oh well gotta try :D great post very helpful hun :)

  2. This sounds like a great idea! I have a Canon 600D and it works amazingly well! x

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

  3. I'm super impatient too and dying for that camera!!!!!


  4. I hope so too for you.


  5. There's a few local Facebook sites where you can buy, swap or sell items such as you have , might get more for the apple gadgets? Have heard a few bad reports about music magpie where they say they haven't received items, I don't know if sending them recorded or tracked is an option? Good luck with the saving!
    Jodi x

  6. Thats amazing. Well done and hopefully you get it before you go away!

    from Brigitte at // BreezeyBee Blog | BlogLovin'

  7. Wow that is pretty good! I might check it out myself.
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  8. I've got this camera and it's amazing, hope you manage to get your hands on one! Loving the new look of your blog by the way! xxx

  9. We just did a cull of our DVDs and CDs - we got rid of 73 items and are hoping for the full £30ish that Music Magpie quoted us! Not bad for items that we will no longer watch or listen to!


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