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Charity-run op shops with their dusty piles of second-hand clothing and bric-a-brac have long been a treasure trove for fans of vintage items — as well as a source of cheap goods for people on a budget.
Second-hand trade has also gone high-tech in the s, with the huge popularity of online auction trade me houses for sale palmerston north Trade Me. People went to the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe to purchase items such as furniture, silverware and china for their homes.
Others would buy goods to re-sell in antique shops in New Zealand, while items brought trade me houses for sale palmerston north domestic use might also later find their way into antique shops.
Novelist Janet Frame recorded her embarrassment about going to school in clothes previously worn by others: Junk shops traded at the lower end of the market, selling useful household items and clothing rather than valuable collectable items.
In the early days of European settlement it was difficult to obtain new goods which usually had to come from Englandso second-hand goods were valuable. Even once manufacturing was established, locally produced commodities remained expensive well into the 20th century — second hand was a cheaper option.
In the s junk shops suffered a downturn. Many closed due to competition from increasingly professionalised opportunity charity shops and the rapid expansion of online trading.
In early the Licensed Traders Association said that two-thirds of second-hand dealers had closed in the previous decade. But some businesses used websites such as Trade me houses for sale palmerston north Me to increase their business, while others concentrated on expensive antiques.
Auction houses were located in both rural and urban centres. Household furniture, and farming equipment and animals, were popular sale items.
Some auction houses doubled as art, antique and collectables dealers, selling goods to New Zealanders and, later, to overseas buyers as well. Second-hand stores and pawnshops gained a shady reputation because they were seen as trade me houses for sale palmerston north where stolen goods could be easily disposed of. Laws enacted in the 19th and 20th centuries required dealers to record the details of people selling and pawning items — but this had little effect if both parties were in on the deal or the trader was unaware.
It was only in that dealers were required by law to report and hold suspected stolen goods, and police could prevent trading if they had similar suspicions. Pawnshops lend money to trade me houses for sale palmerston north who leave goods in the shop as security. These are redeemed if the loan is paid back with interest. The goods are sold if the loan is not repaid. Like antique shops and auction houses, pawnshops were first set up by early European trade me houses for sale palmerston north.
Pawnshops remained in business into the s because they provided cash instantly. In44 pawnshops were listed in a major business directory. Specialist shops devoted to second-hand books, music, vintage clothing, second-hand designer clothes or furniture and homewares from particular eras attracted collectors and enthusiasts. Some trade me houses for sale palmerston north second-hand shops started life as stalls at markets, which remained an important place for small-scale second-hand traders in the s.
Even people selling cars privately got in on the cosmetic-surgery act. This was Kiwi ingenuity at work, but the cars were not safe, and the government eventually banned the practice. As new cars were expensive and hard to come by, the second-hand market flourished. Old cars remained on New Zealand roads for much longer than in other countries. They were sold privately or through dealers.
Removal of tariffs on used-car imports in the s radically changed the car market. The oldest cars become collectable. Opportunity op shops, which sell donated goods to fund charitable services, were started by the Salvation Army in lateth-century Britain. The first shops in New Zealand opened in the late s. In the s they were run by all the major religious denominations, as well as the Red Cross, hospices and other non-profit charitable organisations. Clothing is the mainstay of op shops. The scent of a bargain and the possibility of treasure among the junk can lead to unruly behaviour at jumble sales.
Writer Rita Snowden was involved in charity jumble sales in the s: At one stage, a courageous male member of our staff stationed himself at the foot of our steep hill, to turn back under guard, outside buyers who came down pulling stolen goods out of their bloomer legs. The poor and the budget-conscious used op shops rather than buying new goods from mainstream shops and department stores.
The shops were also a popular destination for treasure hunters. Antique and collectable dealers sourced stock in op shops, and film-industry people bought clothing and props there. Op shops relied on the goodwill of volunteers to run them, and originally provided a social and philanthropic outlet for middle-aged, middle-class women who were not in paid work.
In the s there were fewer such women, and some charities became more businesslike in their approach to trade me houses for sale palmerston north. As a result the shops changed the way they operated.
They looked similar to fashion boutiques and antique stores, and charged higher prices than before. Schools, churches and other community and charitable groups have held fundraising fairs and jumble sales since the 19th century.
School fairs in wealthy areas often have prestigious goods and services on offer in addition to the enduringly popular jumble stalls. High-decile schools — those in wealthier areas — were trade me houses for sale palmerston north likely to run fairs than their low-decile counterparts because parents were more easily able to donate goods and time, and the surrounding community had the ready cash to spend. High-decile schools also got less government funding and relied on parents and the community for extra money.
Garage sales have long been a regular Saturday-morning fixture in New Zealand. They were a way for householders to get rid of unwanted goods and make pocket money. Dealers and collectors frequented garage sales looking for a bargain, while neighbours and passers-by dropped in more casually.
The first rush of eager punters through the garage door and buyer-seller haggling was expertly captured by the film Second hand w edding. In the s garage sales became less common because people were increasingly likely to trade me houses for sale palmerston north of unwanted goods for better profits on websites such as Trade Me.
However, tough economic times and rising unemployment trade me houses for sale palmerston north led to a renewed increase in garage sales as people looked for simple ways to make extra money. Traditionally second-hand goods were advertised for sale in newspapers. Fairs and garage sales also relied on home-made signs tacked to neighbourhood fences. In the s social networking websites, email and texting were new means of advertising. Online trading of second-hand goods started in New Zealand in the s.
It was followed by Trade Me, where people sell goods through online auctions, in Smaller players such as Zillion and Sella followed. Trade Me overwhelmingly dominated this market in the s and was frequently the most visited website in New Zealand. In June Trade Me had more than half a million visitors each day, while Sella had just over 10, Sam Morgan was just 22 years old when he set up online auction site Trade Me in Some antique and second-hand dealers embraced online trading and used existing sites or set up their own websites which complemented shop-based sales.
In the s used cars were increasingly traded online as well as in traditional auctioneering warehouses and car yards. A survey showed that websites were the most popular way prospective buyers researched cars. Most online trading websites have community message boards or blogs where people interested in particular antique and second-hand goods can chat about their interests and seek and offer advice.
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