A couple of days ago I got an email from this bloke, Mike’s his name. He’s the real deal, makes lamps out of up-cycled machinery parts.
He offered me my choice of lamps in exchange for Item #7, the alto saxophone.
And you’ll never guess what Mike wants to use the sax for….
Continue reading “Handmade Industrial Lamps”
Riley in Fairfield caught my attention with his message in response to my
current listing, the alto sax…
I’ll swap you a whole ass car!
And here’s the car.
It’s a Hyundai Excel.
Well, I’m certainly no mechanic but to me it looks like it may need a little work.
Continue reading “A mechanic’s delight”
I got this message yesterday:
Hi Jake, What about a taxidermied freshwater crocodile? Cheers mate Dennis.
I was intrigued. I mean, how could you not be? We’re talking about one of nature’s most majestic beasts. So Dennis shared a bit more info…
Continue reading “Snap this up”
I got a message from Oliver recently offering a swap for the c
urrent item, the alto sax.
I got vintage audio mixer with wooden frames on its sides. Was used in a radio station in Brisbane.“
Continue reading “Vintage sounds”
I’m super excited to announce I’ve found a new home for item 6, the
nine carat gold ring, in exchange for this sweet alto saxophone.
Continue reading “Let’s talk about Sax”
I recently heard about this new app called
SwapU is a marketplace dedicated solely to people who want to swap stuff, and to my knowledge, the only one of its kind in Australia.
Continue reading “Introducing ….. SwapU App”
You may have noticed I’m a big fan of social experiments.
So when I saw internationally acclaimed photographer Hugh Stewart’s
latest project, I felt compelled to drop him a line.
Hugh is a portrait specialist, having photographed some seriously salubrious celebs including Johnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Clint Eastwood, Leonardo Dicaprio, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, the Duchess of Devonshire….and slightly less notable, this guy holding an avocado.
Smashed Avo Project meets the Lockdown Portrait Project ( link) Continue reading “Hugh (huge) news”
This offer to swap the current item for a Vietnam war era cigarette lighter really sparked my curiosity.
I was particularly moved by the story that Blythe shared with me via Facebook Marketplace:
Continue reading “Vietnam War relic”
Today I was offered a used Toyota sewing machine from a lovely lady name Mary Anne, as a potential swap for the
Continue reading “Sew what?”
I received this message on Facebook Marketplace earlier today in response to the advertisement for the
current item (the 9 carat gold ring)…
Grant: Wat about a prehistoric shark tooth
Me: Photo of the prehistoric shark it came from?
Grant: Nope only got the tooth
Me: How do you know it’s prehistoric? Continue reading “Prehistoric shark’s tooth”
Today I received an offer that got me a bit hot under the collar (hopefully that’s not a sign that a certain virus setting in!)
Continue reading “Things are heating up”
A lively chap named Chris put forward this offer for the
current item, the 9 carat gold ring:
….it’s a tile from the Titanic’s main Smoking Room. They had to be perfect, so they ordered about four times more than they needed. These excess tiles were used to cover the floor of the White Star Lines Offices until they went bankrupt. Has a photo of Smoking Room in background framed photo, the tile is attached to, along with the story. Continue reading “Tales from the Titanic”
I got a message from Benji today in response to the Gumtree ad for my
current item, the 9 carat gold ring.
I’ve got something cool.
A NOS bottle. Continue reading “Fast and furious”
Jenny S contacted me today via Gumtree, in response to my ad for the
current item , the 9 carat gold ring.
I have a piece of the Berlin Wall I’d like to offer you. It isn’t large. My Sister also has a piece. My brother was in Berlin at the time of the wall coming down. He lived in London for 20 years.
Pretty fascinating, but how do I know it’s the real deal?
Continue reading “Piece of the Berlin Wall”
I’m was feeling a tad porky after eating my bodyweight in glazed ham on Christmas day, so it was a pleasant distraction to receive a ‘ping!’ from Scotty in Kingscliff offering a new item in exchange for Item #3, the
surfboard traction pad. Turns out Scotty also has a little case of the post-Christmas blues, receiving a gift that he doesn’t have a use for right now.
Scotty the man, the legend, taking home Item 3 in the Smashed Avo Project.
What was the gift he swapped?
Continue reading “Beam me up, Scotty”
Had a classic enquiry come through on Gumtree today for Item #3, the
surfboard traction pad.
You know the one:
‘Hi, I’m wondering if this is still available?’
I’m sure I’m not the first to admit that as a frequent Gumtree user, it’s hard to refrain from being a complete smartass when enquiries like this come through. I mean, why would it be listed if it wasn’t still available….
Continue reading “High fives”
A local chap named James contacted me yesterday offering a pre-loved antique Danish dining chairs in exchange for Item #2, my
cane magazine rack.
Now I’m the first to admit to not knowing a great deal about the furniture of yesteryear (whilst also of Scandinavian descent, my oldest piece of furniture is from the 2008 Ikea range).
Continue reading “Great Danes…or great firewood?”
This morning I heard the familiar ping of a Gumtree enquiry and habitually opened the app without much thought.
I was greeted with this….
Continue reading “What’s ceramic, spiky and spicy?”
I received a rather humorous offer from a bloke named Chris earlier today.
Chris replied to my Gumtree ad offering a trade for his Big Mouth Larry Lobster.
Continue reading “Big Mouth Larry Lobster”
I was a tad chuffed to discover an email in my inbox earlier this week from a local magazine regarding the Smashed Avo Project.
Found your ad on Gumtree. Love the idea.
Continue reading “Smashed Avo Project gains media attention”
I received a response directly to my
Gumtree ad from a lovely lady named Sigrid. Sigrid is making me think there’s a lot more contributing to the barriers and decisions to take on mortgage ownership then simply an over-zealous cafe habits….
Continue reading “A note from my new 55yr old friend Sigrid”
I was racking my brain earlier today on how to get the word out there about Smashed Avo Project, when an idea struck!
(Well, it was actually an iPhone push-notification informing me that someone had just enquired about my pre-loved cow skin rug on Gumtree).
Continue reading “Yeah, Gumtree!”
Smashed avo on toast. It’s good stuff and arguably, Australia does it better than anyone in the world.
In fact, right now there are probably thousands of cafes across the nation serving up drool-inducing plates of smashed avo worthy of enough Michelin stars to make the Southern Cross jealous.
Continue reading “Item 1: Smashed Avo on Sourdough”