Achieving my New Year’s Resolution by selling tents

My day of setting up tents.

My New Years Resolution for 2011 is to have less stuff in the house. Saturday 8th was spent setting up a spare tent that I have, and taking photos so I can sell it. Meanwhile I had hired a friend of mine to do yardwork for me, and my flatmate was helping out. So whilst I was laying out tent poles and trying to work out what went where, whilst my garden was getting weeded and trees were being pruned.

My mother had bought a conical pup tent for me in the late 90s for my Guiding camps. I didn’t really use it. There were always other tents. She put it in an emergency kit that she set up, and there it stayed. My sister bought a new tent, that is way easier to set up, and which I inherited when she moved to Australia. So I didn’t need the old tent. And I’ve set up my own emergency kit, so I decided to combine the two.

The plan: set up the tent. Take photos. Upload to TradeMe.

I found it was harder than I remembered. So I updated my Facebook as I went, and created an album, so my friends could make suggestions if I asked for help.

Here’s how my FB went on Saturday.

08 January at 11:35
trying to put up a tent that I haven’t put up in over 10 years. And I can’t remember how it works.

08 January at 11:40
ah, turns out I have TWO spare tents. I’m going to try to set up both. Anyone who wants to come round and help, feel free.

08 January at 12:06
okay, tent 1, (the one I have vague recollection of setting up; the conical one) is a Fairydown Grasshopper … tent 2, I don’t remember ever seeing before…

08 January at 12:09
and I can’t find instructions on google.

08 January at 12:54
Tent 2 is up. It’s a 2 person tent. One down, one to go…

08 January at 13:50
so [my flatmate]’s BF, who knows about tents, is coming around later today. Must. master. tent. before. then.

08 January at 14:07
[flatmate] and [friend] are doing a Sallies run. They’re taking things away. Good, yes?

08 January at 18:13
Two tents up – photos online.



So, yes. Part way through setting up the tent, I realised that there was a second tent. One that I had never seen before.

And there are still poles that I have absolutely no idea how they’re used. Tent 1, the pup tent, only needed 2 poles, but came with 6.

Both tents are listed on TradeMe. One has already reached its reserve. So my resolution of having less stuff is achieved.  Yay me!

Tent 2
Tent 1, without the fly
Tent 1, with fly

Author: phetheringtonnz

Film Producer, Director, Lecturer. From NZ based in London.