MY EBAY HOME STORY- DAILY MAIL NEWSPAPER- SEPTEMBER 2007

The Ockwell-Smith family contacted us to tell the story of how they saved 43,000 by refurbishing their home through eBay.


The family are delighted with the fee for their exclusive story which appeared in the Daily Mail newspaper.


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The house that eBay built: Family saves 43,000 by furnishing home online


Their new home might have been a 300-year-old cottage. But when it came to furnishing it, the Ockwell-Smith family came up with a very 21st century solution.



They managed to furnish it almost entirely with items they bought on eBay.

As well as proving one family's trash is another's treasure, Sarah and Ian Ockwell-Smith saved nearly 43,000 by buying everything second-hand via the internet auction site.


The couple have spent the last 18 months constantly checking eBay to secure bargain prices on curtains, antiques and ornaments.

The result of their dedication is a stylish family home with the period features they craved, along with all mod cons - for just 7,000.

Mrs Ockwell-Smith, 31, estimates that, had she bought the items from High Street stores, she would have spent more than 50,000.

However, she stressed: "I didn't do all this just to save money. It was the thought of traipsing round the shops with three young children. We were looking at things such as fire grates and fabrics and I knew they would be really bored."

Mr and Mrs Ockwell-Smith moved into the four-bedroom cottage in Saffron Walden, Essex, with their three children in December 2005.

Since then, the couple have had a fourth child, Violet, aged four months. She joins older brothers Sebastian, five, Flynn, three, and Rafferty, two.

Mrs Ockwell-Smith said: "We found the cottage on an internet property site and when we first saw it, we could see it was in very good condition structurally. But when we viewed the inside we knew we had a big job on our hands.

"It was like it was in a 1970s timewarp. An elderly man had been living there and all the decoration was from the late Sixties or Seventies."

After deciding to redecorate the place from top to bottom, she and her husband set a rule - they would buy all the large items from sellers within 50 miles of Saffron Walden so they could collect them easily.

They broke the rule only once when Mr Ockwell-Smith, 37, a locksmith, travelled 100 miles to Norfolk to pick up a dining room table and chairs.

The couple's most thrifty purchase was probably a Laura Ashley leather sofa. They bought it for 300 - 1,200 less than the catalogue price.


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