Buyer beware of too many buys
There are certain points in your life when buying stuff for the house is a regular part of your budget.
It might be the first time you move out of the parental abode or when you’re trying to put your own unique stamp on your first home.
When we first took possession of our first home in the mid ‘90s, vintage furniture was all the rage, so much so that I was on first name terms with a local second-hand furniture dealer who, no doubt, saw me coming.
Every trip to the markets resulted in a purchase, whether it was vintage teacups or a second-hand vase that I was sure would appreciate in value.
It was during this period that I also sourced reliable tradespeople, from joiners and tilers to stone masons, some of whom I’ve come to regard as friends.
The imminent arrival of a baby tends to send the house buying budget into overdrive as well, from repainting the spare room to sourcing window coverings that will act as blockout blinds so that the baby will magically drop off to sleep immediately.
At some point, though, the need to buy new things for the house slows and even stops.
Unless you’re renovating or building, the drive to splurge on a stylish lounge or new pendant lights tends to dim until you begin to realise that, far from wanting to buy more, you’d rather be rid of the stuff you already have.
The secret is knowing when it’s time to keep your money in your pocket.
At the moment, we have the opposite problem, with enough furniture to just about fill two houses.
While I can almost keep on top of sorting through clothes we no longer need, moving on unnecessary furniture, dinnerware and even bed linen is proving to be a challenge. I wonder if second-hand dealers do refunds.
Dwell Scandinavian TV entertainment unit, $1425 from Interior Secrets, interiorsecrets.com.au