Hipsters have brought the vinyl record back, and there is a high demand for unscratched LP records. According to Gumtree, a box of LPs sold for R200 five years ago. Now, you can expect to pay R200 to R400 for one popular vinyl record.
Hats and jackets from the 1950s, glamorous pantsuits from the 1970s and any form of vintage brooch or hair accessory is popular on Gumtree, says Cobbledick. They sell from R200 to R500 per item.
“Once upon a time, every house had an Aga stove – and many homeowners threw theirs away in favour of gas or electric versions. They are sorry now – Aga stoves are selling for a whopping R100 000 on Gumtree,” says Cobbledick.
Stockenstroom says old silverware may look like rubbish, but may also be sought after.
LP records: Vintage clothing: Aga stoves: Silverware:
If you are strapped for cash, don’t feel bad about selling items that have been in the family for generations – unless, of course, you use the money to buy frivolous things.
“Jewellery was always bought in those days as an investment, so I am sure that, if you needed the money, your ancestors would not frown upon you if you sold it,” says Stockenstroom. Tough times can also call for tough measures. Karla Levick, head of marketing for OLX, says: “We live in a material world and recent reports from financial and academic institutions [such as the Unilever Institute Aspirations Report] show that consumers are more cash-strapped than previous generations.
“The current financial situation is forcing South Africans to become creative in how they make their salaries stretch. Buying less is the obvious solution, but selling your unwanted items or buying second hand is probably the easiest way to save money.”