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Old Oct 8th 2002, 9:23 pm
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So, how about buying second-hand furniture/appliances of reasonable quality in New Zealand? We've heard that yard sales are common there - so what exactly are NZ yard sales like, and how are the prices? And how about secondhand and antique shops, any bargains to be found? And is there much to be had through the classified ads? We're looking at Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin but an idea about NZ in general would help too.

We furnished out our entire home here (USA) with nice secondhand/vintage furniture & appliances, and hope to be able to do the same in NZ, especially having seen what salaries we might expect to earn there!
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Old Oct 9th 2002, 9:45 am
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Most yard sales in NZ sell complete crap from my experience (sometimes
overpriced crap).

Best to buy from newspaper adverts or from shops or the trade and Exchange
(www.te.co.nz)

I live in Wellington, for the record.


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    > So, how about buying second-hand furniture/appliances of reasonable
    > quality in New Zealand? We've heard that yard sales are common there -
    > so what exactly are NZ yard sales like, and how are the prices? And
    > how about secondhand and antique shops, any bargains to be found? And
    > is there much to be had through the classified ads? We're looking at
    > Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin but an idea about NZ in general
    > would help too.
    > We furnished out our entire home here (USA) with nice secondhand/vintage
    > furniture & appliances, and hope to be able to do the same in NZ,
    > especially having seen what salaries we might expect to earn there!
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Old Oct 9th 2002, 10:39 am
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Also http://www.trademe.co.nz but not a great
variety. You can get things
via auctions and the postcards in the supermarkets. Also bear in mind that
living cost equate to the dire wages, so washers etc. are not exorbatant
(sp?)

"Lord Lucan" wrote in message
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    > Most yard sales in NZ sell complete crap from my experience (sometimes
    > overpriced crap).
    > Best to buy from newspaper adverts or from shops or the trade and Exchange
    > (www.te.co.nz)
    > I live in Wellington, for the record.
    > "The American" wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
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    > >
    > > So, how about buying second-hand furniture/appliances of reasonable
    > > quality in New Zealand? We've heard that yard sales are common there -
    > > so what exactly are NZ yard sales like, and how are the prices? And
    > > how about secondhand and antique shops, any bargains to be found? And
    > > is there much to be had through the classified ads? We're looking at
    > > Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin but an idea about NZ in general
    > > would help too.
    > >
    > > We furnished out our entire home here (USA) with nice secondhand/vintage
    > > furniture & appliances, and hope to be able to do the same in NZ,
    > > especially having seen what salaries we might expect to earn there!
    > >
    > > --
    > > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
    > >
 
Old Oct 10th 2002, 5:25 am
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On Tue, 08 Oct 2002 21:23:44 +0000, The American
wrote:

    >So, how about buying second-hand furniture/appliances of reasonable
    >quality in New Zealand? We've heard that yard sales are common there -
    >so what exactly are NZ yard sales like, and how are the prices? And
    >how about secondhand and antique shops, any bargains to be found? And
    >is there much to be had through the classified ads? We're looking at
    >Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin but an idea about NZ in general
    >would help too.
    >We furnished out our entire home here (USA) with nice secondhand/vintage
    >furniture & appliances, and hope to be able to do the same in NZ,
    >especially having seen what salaries we might expect to earn there!
    >--
    >Posted via http://britishexpats.com

NZ does not offer a tax credit for donating items to registered
charities so you do not get the range of relatively decent furniture
etc in thrift stores [where else could you buy a $200 Ethan Allen side
table still in their catalog for 10 bucks!].

IFrom my experience 3 years ago in Christchurch:
Shopped around the various second hand stores - a load of overpriced
junk. Several stores have trade-in departments but again, if your
looking for decent appliances etc, forget it - dirty, smelly,
overpriced crap.

On the other hand, when I was leaving, trying to sell via the
newspapers was hopeless. I had some high quality furniture which
people and dealers only wanted to pay peanuts for. Example: Custom
made Flexsteel motion sofa US$1800 - highest offer NZ$250; Hooker TV
Armoire US$1500 - NZ$200 - both from a dealer.

Strangely, things like Sauder bookcases, the dealers did not blink at
paying what I wanted which meant a high mark up retail.

Some items I didn't intend selling I sold when peeps would come out to
look at something I had advertised and asked if x was for sale! I'd
put a ridiculous price on it and it sold!
There were a handful of Americans who came out to look at furniture
and did not flitch at prices.

Appliances:
I bought a fridge/freezer from a store that specialised in appliances
- on par with many secondhand store prices but good quality and with a
one year warranty.

But you really need to compare second hand prices v new prices as
often they are much the same.

My advice would be: really consider buying electrical items new. The
market is quite competitive. Also consider buying your tv and
vcr etc new because of the warranties. Note if you buy from
garage sales or even your neighbour, by NZ law, you have no comeback
period.

IGarage sales - you may strike out here.
But be early as there are always many dealers out there also.
Whether it was because stuff wasn't to my liking or it was junk, I
didn't find anything in garage sales. Now and again, you should
find someone who does have some decent stuff.

At my first garage sale, all my neighbours came and asked me when I
would be selling the furniture. Because I lived on a back lot, all
the furniture was unwrapped inside the container out on the roadside
and hand carted up the driveway. Would you believe the neighbours
spent the whole time the container was being unloaded, watching! I
had advertised it weeks earlier with just a phone # which none knew.

There is a weekly mag called 'Buy, Sell, Exchange' which comes out on
a Friday morning - costs a couple of bucks. It is well worth grabbing
it asap to hunt down the bargains - and there are some to be found.
You can also place a wanted to buy ad yourself. They have many
different columns - I found it handy when wanting to buy an individual
item such. Stuff I had in garage sales that didn't sell sold
quickly when advertised individually.

They did have a section named Garage Sales which were listed by area.
But as I found, even though the garage sale was for Saturday, dealers
came out on the Friday. Some admitted they were private buyers
looking for specific stuff which they sold on ebay.
On Saturday mornings, the early birds *** me off - I had a gated
property so did not open the gate for them period - which resulted in
several instances of verbal abuse.

The dealers are very rude so if your at a garage sale and are
interested in something, hold onto it until you make your mind up and
do not let them intimidate you!

The big thing is if you have the cash and are prepared to pay a little
more than what many would, you should be able to pick up some neat
items.

Antiques:
I did notice newspaper adverts for auctions where items had been
imported. I sussed out a few stores but didn't like anything -
again, my personal taste. Many stores now sell items on ebay so
expect to pay some higher prices than you think.

One dealer told me that since the arrival of many Asians in NZ and
their departure in due course to Australia, the market prices for
furniture had dropped dramatically due to the amount of Asian
furniture available - however I didn't see much around and overall
prices were still high.

Before I went home, I had my sister send me up newspaper adverts,
brochures etc. Her words were 'if you have something you like,
bring it home in case you can't find something else to replace it'
which is exactly what I did - and I was glad as I didn't find much to
my liking on the market BUT that is entirely my taste... maybe I had
become Americanised!

I just found NZ styles very plain and blah! But don't let my personal
prefs be any guideline.
I
If your into American magazines such as one of the Country Decorating
Ideas, Country Sampler etc. you won't find them or if you do, you will
pay. I did have women who spied several other craft type mags say
they paid IIRC NZ$17 for a copy - when the things were less than 4
US$.

I did have a list of urls but recently lost them when computer crashed
[and I hadn't backed up] - I will see if I can resurrect some of them
and paste here later in the week.

Cath
[a thrift store junkie :-)







 
Old Oct 10th 2002, 5:16 pm
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Cath,

Thanks!! Made me laugh - your descriptions of the Kiwi yard sale 'hawks' and dealers just as perfectly describe my fellow North Carolinians in similar circumstances. Sounds like the biggest difference is only that there are too many yard sales here for the dealers/hawks to always be first there, so have good chance at bargains.

And ah well, if it's not as easy in NZ to suss out bargains, sounds like there ARE ways - bring on the challenge!

But what about flea markets?? I've seen mention at websites for various NZ cities/towns that there are weekly 'markets' of some kind. Can anyone tell me exactly what these markets are?

To Lord Lucan and Ian Guy:

Thanks much - I checked out both websites you gave me, bit disappointing for furniture, but just what I needed to know. The site you mentioned, Ian, looked just like e-bay, and I assumed it was the NZ version of same - is there an actual NZ ebay? Guess I can check it out.

By the way, Kiwi wannabees should check out Ian's recommended site - items on the 'hot list' included 'fake bullet holes', 20 litres of dish liquid, '18 tennis balls' (15 bids!), 'loads of lippys' and 'large pile of self tapping screws'!

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