Time to share a little bit more about myself than I do normally. For many, many reasons I’ve been practicing this year with frustrating myself. That may sound weird, but it has brought me a lot. Or rather, it has brought me nothing. Which is a good thing. Let me explain. I used to be a bit of an impulse buyer. I’d buy clothes, a new Playstation and even furniture without actually thinking through if I could afford it all. I know, pretty stupid. So here I am at age 46 and I’m teaching myself to step back, think about what’s going on in my head when I’m about to buy something and then see if I can stop myself. Last night at the opening party of the Gevonden op Marktplaats Wintersalon proved to be particularly challenging. And I’m glad to report to you that I frustrated myself enough to leave empty-handed. Let me show you all the stuff I almost bought but didn’t.
PS: Just because I’m practicing not buying stuff, doesn’t mean you can’t splurge once in a while. In fact, I hope you spend lots and lots of money at the Gevonden op Marktplaats Wintersalon until the end of January.
Gevonden op Marktplaats founder Julien Rademaker and Olivier van Duijn of Marktplaats.nl. On the left: the 275 euro Kuni Sugai print I did not buy.
Lots of cool people and even more cool stuff that I didn’t take home.
This is the vintage white credenza that would have been perfect for my living room. I did not buy it.
These dining room chairs were a steal at 75 euro’s a piece. Didn’t buy them.
I could already see this Eighties lamp at home. But because I couldn’t decide on where I’d put it, I decided not to buy it.
Boy, oh boy! Only 149 euro’s for this amazing high kitsch lamp. And there were two of them. Once again, I resisted the urge.
Pink and black Pastoe chairs. Still for sale when I left the building last night.
With a price tage of 1750 euro’s, This Ibiza dining room set by Janos Fischer was way outside my budget. A minor detail that never used to stop me but now it did.
A very affordable 25 euro vase and a 15 euro desk accessory that were still in the store when I left.
Never liked African stuff, but I did last night. And yet, I didn’t buy any of it.
Rietveld chairs and some very cool prints. I could already imagine them at home. No sale.
Not buying this Radboud van Beekum chair for Pastoe was the biggest challenge for the night. But I won – and still have 550 euro’s in my bank account.