Do-it-yourself trader takes goods market offline

21:15, Jan 22 2014
Cathy Bray
ROLL UP, ROLL UP: Cathy Bray with some of the items dropped off by sellers ahead of her in-home market place on Saturday.

Poll: An Invercargill woman frustrated by the cost of selling online has taken matters into her own hands by setting up her own marketplace.

Four years ago Cathy Bray held her first market in Dunedin after becoming frustrated with the cost of listing items to sell online.

"It seemed ridiculous to pay so much to sell your own things," Miss Bray said.

So she decided to host her own market, where sellers could drop their unwanted goods with her and she would sell them on for $1.50 an item.

Now the one-day market has become an annual event with days held in Invercargill and Dunedin, and there are plans to extend to Christchurch.

The last Invercargill event, held at the Windsor Church hall in September, was deemed such a success she was eager to get another one underway, she said.


"The last one was a big hit, we had people waiting outside from 8am."

There are limits on the kind of items that can be sold - no big hard items such as fridges because of space restrictions. she said.

The main market was for childrens and adults clothing, toys, costume jewellery and sporting goods. Sellers would price everything themselves.

It was a great opportunity for people to both make some money and pick up a bargain, she said.

"After Christmas is a bit hard for everybody."

The market will be held from 8am on Saturday at 28 Perth St, Windsor. Goods for sale can be dropped off on Friday.


The Southland Times