An­gelique Ruz­icka

CityPress - - Business -

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.”

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