More for less: Online trading

More for less: Online Trading

A 1950’s Ercol daybed

Carine Seitz tests out the online marketplace to try and bag a bargain

Who wants their manor to resemble the pages of a generic interiors catalogue? Not discerning List readers. You’re a savvy and stylish bunch who want your homes to reflect your individuality and sense of aesthetic. If you want to apply the principle of thrift shop-chic to your living space forget the big corporate January sales and log onto Gumtree where there are pieces to be had for a steal.

At the time of writing, there is a kitchen for sale online for the bargain basement price of £175. And this is no ordinary kitchen. This is a handmade-solid-wood-units-and-Belfast-sink-kitchen.

Look out for modern design classics; more often than not they require TLC but you’ll end up with a beautifully crafted piece of furniture which can’t be found in your local branch of Sofas ‘R’ Us. I’ve seen an original 1950s Ercol daybed picked up for less than £100, which, lacquered and upholstered in wool suiting, is now worth several £100s. A 1960s Lurashell swivel chair bought for under £50 has been re-upholstered and has a new lease of life. Do your research and seek out timeless classics with clean lines.

Edinburgh’s best kept secret is the Ramsey Cornish lane sale, which takes place every Thursday. Expect to unearth anything from Victorian lace and linens and taxidermy to various kitchenalia. Viewing is on the day only from 9.30am - 11am and the sale starts at 11.00am. Take with you an open mind, a sense of fun and cash only.

Freecycle can throw up all sorts. If you can collect, people just want to get things out of the way. And if you’re looking to make room for all your new finds and you’re feeling altruistic, advertise the stuff that you want to give away. People have even been known to off-load broken electrical equipment – there are folk out there who make good use of the parts.

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