We conclude our mini-series on selling your stress on flea markets with part 7: Kicking the habit.
In my previous posts I wrote about (1) why I wanted to get rid of my stuff (2) how I had accumulated so much of it (3) how we enjoyed our day at the market (4) some practical tips and tricks (5) some true stories of one man’s trash, that became another man’s treasure and (6) a gentle reminder that it’s not about money but all about community.
We have approached flea markets from every possible angle. Admittedly, seven posts on the same subject is a bit much. I promise I won’t do it again!
Looking back, did selling my stuff turn me into a better person? Not really. Have I suddenly become rich, enlightened or 200% happier? Of course not!
It’s just part of a process that will take some time. To me it feels like letting go of my old self to make room for the new me. A first step to live a more focused, deliberate life.
Although I’m a big fan of the Minimalists, I’m still not the kind of guy who puts a dumpster in his front yard and starts throwing everything out the window. That being said, I DO find it easier to let go of things lately. More importantly, I think twice before buying something new. I notice that I always ask myself, do I really need this item? Or am I buying this because it’s a habit?
Old habits die hard
As weird as it sounds after selling so many movies on the flea market… I still feel that subconscious pull to a market stand which sells DVD’s or games…
During my life, I spent countless hours, obsessively flipping through DVD’s! Always looking for that one bargain. I was a hoarder. Poor, patient Sofie! She was there all that time. Waiting.
Now, after flipping a few titles, I ask myself what I am doing. I don’t want to buy any more movies! I want to do other things with my life than watching them. Or even worse: browsing them.
I walk away from the market stand or shop and suddenly I’m free.
Free to enjoy company, some sunshine and a lovely cappuccino on a terrace.