Determined to free our lives of clutter, we turn to flea markets as a solution. Join us for a 7-part mini-series on selling your stress on flea markets. Today Part 3: A day at the market
Tea & Croissants
We got up at 7, not knowing what to expect. It promised to be a sunny day and we felt kind of excited. We had already crammed our car full of boxes the day before. We just grabbed some croissants, made a thermos of hot tea and were on our way to the flea market.
By the time we arrived at the market, people were already unpacking. Most of them were experienced flea marketeers but some were just like us: ordinary people trying to get rid of some stuff. The sun appeared as we set up our stand. We didn’t put prices on most objects as our main goal was to get rid of as much as possible. Then we sat down with our croissants and sipping our tea as we watched the first visitors pass by. Without only a few exceptions, most of them smile as they glance over your stuff. Apparently there’s something deeply fulfilling in getting a peek behind the curtain and seeing what stuff other people own.
Selling my stress
So there we were. Just sitting there, sunshine on our faces, making conversation with locals of all backgrounds. We saw techies and gadget-lovers unable to resist purchasing yet another electronic device or cable (you can’t have too many of those)… We met frantic collectors on the hunt for something specific and families just enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon, browsing the items on display. All the while I was enjoying the “best of the eighties” music coming from the CD-stand nearby. We had a greasy hamburger for lunch.
Focusing my restless mind on one simple task felt kind of good. Relaxing. There was nothing else to do but naming prices, packing things in plastic bags. Every bag I handed out I was selling some of my stress. All day long.
Because we had nothing else to do than talk, I also felt closer to Sofie. We chatted about life, future plans, traveling, our next cleanup actions. At times like these it becomes obvious how busy and distracted we usually are.
Long story short: I enjoyed our day at the flea market immensely.
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What about you? Do you have a lot of stuff just sitting there? Too many DVD’s, books, CD’s or even old toys that just take up living space? Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams and you still don’t find anything to wear? Why not sell some stuff on eBay, Kapaza or Tweedehands? Facebook also has groups where you can post stuff to trade or sell in your neighborhood. Look for groups called “For sale in (your city / village)”. Or if flea markets seem like your thing, take a peek at a local flea market calendar.