Sell what you want to replace before buying new things. That way, you know exactly what your budget is and your house doesn’t become cluttered.
• Most of the second-hand furniture or bric-a-brac groups are closed communities: you have to ask to join, after which an administrator will approve your request. Select your group carefully: the more members, the more potential buyers. • If you see a post you like, comment below it to secure your position in line. Then send a Direct Message to the seller, using the Messenger app. Do not divulge personal information in the comments as this could put you at risk. • Remember your manners: if you see a post you dislike or a price you think is unreasonable, keep your opinion to yourself; otherwise, you might be banned from the group. • When a deal has been made, make an appointment to meet the seller. Ideally, this should be in public; if it’s at someone’s home, take a friend with you. One of the advantages of buying an item on Facebook is that you can put a face to the seller. And as the groups are managed by one or more admins, suspect buyers or sellers will soon be called out, and banned. • Cash is king unless you want to secure a purchase, in which case an EFT will do. But remember that this is at your own risk. • Don’t feel obliged to buy an item if you aren’t 100% satisfied when you see the product in real life. Be clear from the start and indicate whether you’re just keen to take a look or if you’re definitely making a purchase. This way, no false expectations are created. And remember, a seller can decline to reserve an item; the idea is that whoever pays first is the lucky buyer.
Trinket box, small grey vase and yellow storage pouch from H&M Home; pincushions from Woolworths