Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Over to my original blog

Finding it a bit of a challenge to keep both blogs up to date, so if you'd like to keep in touch or see what's happening post Suprise Wedding!  Pay me a visit at my original blog - Can we do it?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Scouting round for bargains really pays off!

When I was planning our Surprise Wedding (July 2011), I spent months scouting around online, mostly via Ebay for items to use during and to decorate our venue.

I had fallen in love with the idea of a dessert/cake table and found a gorgeous vintage cake stand to use for our wedding cake, and some lovely, plain white porcelain cake stands for the 6 cakes I had asked our mums, sisters & aunts to make for our 'engagement party'.

Our cake table
I bought the 6 x porcelain stands on Ebay for an average price of $11 per stand, I was able to negotiate down from the listed price of $19 each, as I was buying 6 of them.
Plain porcelain cake stands - we used 6 of them on the table
So straight off the bat I saved $48 on buying the cake stands (6 x $11 v 6 x $19).

Fast forward to post wedding/honeymoon, we find out we're pregnant and think holy hell where are we going to put the baby, as our 2nd and 3rd rooms were chock-a-block with wedding deco's.

So I went into Ebay selling mode.

I listed 1 of the cake stands to test the market, with a starting price of $5, well blow me down if that stand doesn't sell for $22 plus postage!  Quite bizarre, if the buyer had scrolled down about 8 listings they would have bought them new where I did for $19 plus postage!

So over the next 3 weeks I list the 6 cakestands, and my total of sales for those stands was $138, plus postage, which averaged $23 per cake stand, more than double what I paid for them!

Now I don't know if the story I put on the listing re how we used them for our wedding swayed people, but I was one very happy camper.

We've now sold about 30 of our wedding decos/bits & bobs on Ebay, and crazily have made a profit on 28 of them!  At last count we're up about 45% on what we outlayed to buy them!

We've got a bit more to sell, waiting for the wedding season to kick off again.  Shall keep you posted!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ummmm I'm back!

A thousand apologies to anyone still visiting my blog, to say it's been a while is a bit of a stretch!

Just because I'm a bit pushed for time at the moment, I have just posted the news/reason of why I've been so slack on my other blog, I hope you'll drop by and check it out :)

I promise I'll be back soon!

Monday, August 29, 2011

The horror - the aftermath!

Just a quick update:

Mr Mel & I returned from our fantastic honeymoon 2 weeks ago and were confronted with a house that had been overrun during our absence, by wedding decorations!

Our 2nd and 3rd bedrooms were chock-full, I mean so full the only clear bit was the door opening space!  Over the past 2 weekends we've slowly started working through it all.

We're working out what we'll keep (the bloody bunting :)!), and what we'll sell/ebay (chair ties, bowls, etc) etc.
So far our keep/sell lists are about even, but I think we might have to get a bit more ruthless!

I'll be back shortly to update the lists :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Honeymoon discovery

One of the enlightening discoveries made on our honeymoon

(photo source)
Our barmen at Erakor in Vanuatu, Peter & Nixon were expert Mojito men, and after struggling to have a ready to go drink of choice for quite some years (sambucca incident in the early 2000's!), I'm pleased to say I officially endorse Mojito's, as my fave :)
(photo source)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back to normal programming!

Just a quick update to let everyone know we're still in the land of the living!  We just returned from an amazing honeymoon in Vanuatu, will be back to 'normal blogging' soon!  Bare with me  :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

1st Set of Photos!

We just received a link for our first cut of photos, with the full set to be available when we get back from our honeymoon!

Most of these pics are of the hall.


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