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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.

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