Gumtree disasters

I have been banging on lately about the joys of online second hand shopping. 

Exhibit a.  Our $13 couch.

But … Then, just out the back window, plonked unceremoniously in the centre of our back yard I present Exhibit b.  Our Gumtree disaster – a washing machine.  

Our old one broke, and I thought, well why not get the same one but a bit bigger from Gumtree. So I emailed and organised, and sent Clive off with the trailer to waste a Saturday getting a washing machine from Camberwell … That then didn’t work.

Luckily we got our money back.  But … we couldn’t face another wasted day returning it when the owner didn’t want it back.  And so there it sits.  In our garden.  A sad and sorry sight.

A big white metal reminder that not EVERYTHING works out on Gumtree (and a reminder to ME to ring Council and book a hard rubbish collection!)

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My chair …

So … you know … I got that free cane chair on Gumtree.  For the Art4All chair auction.  And I have been thinking about what to do with it as it has sat awkwardly in our lounge room for about a month now.

But … at the same time I have had this little idea in the back of my mind … That has completely nothing at all to do with my cane chair.

You know that traditionally the chair auction is about painting a chair. But I have never gone there because truthfully I haven’t been at all confident that I have the skills. Because I haven’t really done any painting before.  So I have reupholstered chairs … and made chairs out of books … and avoided painting a chair.  

But my idea has been brewing and growing and so … this year I am taking the bull by the horns.  Hello MANGA CHAIR.

On Wednesday afternoon I went past the paint shop so I could implement my idea.

First a I painted my face (sans nose).  I was very happy with the eye.


Then Thursday morning I got up at 5am and added some roses and leaves before work.  And smoothed her skin out a bit.  I also fixed up her tears.


And then after work I added the nose … and tried to make the roses look better.


So …Friday morning … And this is where I am up to at the moment.  I think I need to do a bit more work on the roses and a lot more work on the leaves.  And then if I can ever let go and say enough is enough I will give it a good couple of coats of sealer.  And then … keep my fingers crossed that someone wants to buy it at the Art4All gala evening chair auction. Surely everyone has been secretly dreaming of a ‘manga girl with blue roses’ chair.

Fun, fun, fun!  What did you do at 5am Thursday morning?

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upgrading via ebay

We found Elise’s teak outdoor table in hard rubbish.  Back in the days when Boroondara had hard rubbish (the glory days).  

I recall driving home with it and a similar teak table for my friend Myf on the roof of my car.  

And then Elise found teak chairs on EBay.  10 for $100 from Clifton Hill.  She kept 6 and gave 4 to Nick’s brother (I think).

But last week she found a newer looking teak outdoor setting on EBay, just in Coburg.  And upgraded for just $60 or something crazy like that.  That’s a pretty great price for a teak octagonal table and four chairs don’t you think?  

The lesson, buy off-season on EBay.  You might pick up a bargain like this too.