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It is Shelley. And now that the Reserve Bank here has increased the cash rate, interest rates are starting to rise and as mentioned by Ami, people will have to start re-evaluating if they can afford to keep their mortgages going. I can only see sad times ahead for those on a lower income.
partment in Wellington, New Zealand, for NZ$1M
Good grief! That is unbelievable! We bought our house in 1977 for $35,000 and I worried about how we would ever be able to pay it off. It's a 4 bedroom ranch on 3 acres. Now, $35,000 will hardly get you a car.
Now, $35,000 will hardly get you a car.
Too true Lynne. Everything here is going up in leaps and bounds - Energy, food, housing. An iceberg lettuce this week costs $6. Normally at this time of year we could buy them for about $2, but with the floods in the north of the country, and the increase in fuel costs, it is pushing good, fresh food into the luxury bracket. Very sad indeed.
Sharon in Melbourne.
Facebook Market place is a good way to sell things. I've gotten rid of quite a few things that way.. All the stuff I'm getting rid of now is vintage/antique items that I have no clue what to ask for. I still have lots of antique glassware of my mom's. She would go to auctions and buy the pieces she liked because "someday they will be valuable". Maybe so but that is only if people are interested in buying it. Doesn't seem like anyone is interested in Carnival glass of fancy china any more. I even have her old Gone with the Wind paper dolls . I know at some point my kids are going to be doing the same with my stuff that means so much to me. I am definitely not a hoarder or collector, but i wish I was a bit more of a minimalist.
That is just crazy, basic needs; food, clothing and shelter need to be affordable to everyone not just those at the top. It really is hard for young people today to get by if they are not making way above minimum wage.
We are doing a garden in Colorado and I hope that we can grow a good portion of our veggies because every time you go to the grocery the prices go up. I even took some organic potatoes that were on the shelf too long that had sprouts coming up and did a bit of research............yep I planted them in the garden and they are coming up.........never thought of planting potatoes.
To determine value of things I want to sell I go to Google and look on Ebay and other sites to see what others are asking for the same or similar items. There is usually a range. I also look to see how long things have been listed. Many times it is just about finding the person that wants what you have. Right now Mid Century Modern is all the rage with the younger crowd, I always thought that was just old junk when I was young and liked the things from the 1920's and older. The thing about collections for later sale is that trends change so you might end up with a collection that is hard to sell, but again you just have to find the right buyer.
Having my coffee and trying to get my day going. Lots of packing going on today, then loading the truck. Not sure if we are driving back to Colorado today or tomorrow. The house is pretty empty and garage has boxes everywhere but progress is being made..............gonna be another trip soon to take care of the rest in the garage and get the yard trimmed up.
Lynne, have you looked at the website "Replacements"? I'm considering selling some of my Fostoria that I inherited from my mother. They seem to have a pretty good demand for it and will purchase from individuals for resale. I'm going to try my local antique dealer first just to save the hassle of shipping. But at least it gives me an idea - I figure if they are selling this for $24, I should be able to get $12 for it (I think 50% markup would be reasonable). If I can't, I'll try them and see what they will offer. My daughter has confirmed she does not want it and there is no DIL on the horizon. I'm going to keep the ones I use and enjoy (the large bowls, the tea cups, etc) but the plates & glasses are just paperweights.
While I'm waiting on that book on edge treatments to arrive, I decided to start on my next applique project. I purchased the pattern from Judy Cradock online (love not having to wait) and started on the preparation. I'm completely out of Kona black so I may head into town for some this afternoon (Memorial day sales). I've decided to do my name with embroidery, I just used a script font from MSWord. I plan to hang it on the door to my sewing room. If you are a FAN of the Anne of Green Gables series, you may catch the reference - Paddy's Place was the name of the house she and her friends rented while at college. The reference is a nod to my DD who adores the series.
We have a lot of little chickadees that we've enjoyed at our bird feeder and thanks to the sunflower seeds in the bird food, we also fight the sunflowers in our yard. We also have peach & apple trees. So except for the pumpkin, the pattern has a lot of references that are meaningful to our family - as I type this I'm thinking if I could replace the pumpkin with something else - hmmmm. There are lots of small pieces, so the prep will keep me busy for a while. I traced the overlay & started cutting out the freezer paper last night. Excited to have an applique project going. I've missed it - EPP just doesn't give me the same pleasure. Maybe I don't have the right project, I'm going to put it away for a while and see how it "ages".
Wow, talk about small pieces! Right up your alley!