Winning at Outdoor Entertainment with Gumtree


Photograph by Maree Homer

Photograph by Maree Homer

There’s a lot to think about when planning the perfect garden party. The perfect outdoor entertaining space. That killer BBQ. The right bottle of wine, and even which recipe to choose from your grandmother’s cookbook stash. And it’s often very costly. But, when you turn to Gumtree, you can have your garden party and still have enough money to splurge on the wine. A win win, you might say? We think so. And to prove it, we’ve found some amazing finds on Gumtree that will make our next outdoor entertaining expedition a successful one.  Remember, you can help someone else win too by selling things that are no longer floating your entertaining boat.

Her Wish List

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Bought a Kitchen Aid Mixer ($450)

A Kitchen Aid mixer is a must have for bakers and cooks everywhere. Don’t know about you guys, but it has been on our list since we baked our first batch of chocolate chip cookies. But they’re not the cheapest things around. With Gumtree, you can get your hands on an almost new mixer including a juicer, shredder and grater, sausage stuffer, grinder, and bowl protector.

Sold a Popcorn Maker ($40)

In order to make room for the new Kitchen Aid, we’re selling that popcorn maker our aunt gave to us that we never took out of the box. Why? Because we kind of hate popcorn but she never knew. Most people love popcorn. We win by creating more storage space and they win by having fresh movie snacks on tap.

We win by upgrading our baking skills and cleaning out the cupboard.  

 wine rack

Bought a Industrial Rustic Wine Rack ($795)

There are certain purchases in life that make a house look like an adult owns it. A beautiful wine rack filled with wine is one of those. Impressing our garden party guests will be a lot easier when we can walk to the rack, pull out a bottle of 2010 Heathcote Shiraz, and act like it was nothing. 

Sold a small 16 bottle wine fridge ($120).

While we love it, it eats our electricity bill and doesn’t fit properly in our house. We win by paying less for our electricity bill and someone else will win by starting a white wine collection from scratch.

We win with cheaper electricity bills and a house that looks all grown up. 

His Wish List


Bought a Jarrah Nine Piece Dining Setting ($1,100)

When you’re entertaining a large group of people, you need a central place for plates of food and lazy conversation. This nine piece dining setting is the perfect spot.  Large enough to fill the space, but not too big it takes up all the mingling and dancing room.

Sold a Two Seat Dining Table Set ($200)

We’ve had for a year now. It’s still in great quality, but doesn’t quite cut it when we have 10 people over all wanting to sit down. We win by upgrading and someone else will win when they have to deck out their first small courtyard.

We win by having the space to invite friends over and avoiding the hassle hard rubbish with our two-seater. 

 4 burner BBQ

Bought a Four Burner Gas BBQ ($250)

When it comes to cooking steak, we like to get serious. With this new BBQ we can cook a whole bunch at the one time, while grilling the tomatoes on the other side. We win by getting our BBQ cred up. In the best possible way.

Sold a George Forman Grill ($90).

Someone else will win by shedding a few kgs and we win by spending more time outside on our feet with BBQ tools in hand.

We win by spending more time outdoors on our feet at the BBQ. And our meat still has the fat on it. 


Bonus buy – Samsung Mini Micro Hi-fi System $99

Because a party wouldn’t be complete without the perfect tunes. 

We win by being able to show off months of music collating. So many playlists. 

To find the perfect addition to your home, head to Gumtree Outdoor Furniture, or if you want to help someone else today, sell something of yours. 

Our outdoor soiree was hosted with the help of Gumtree.

About the author

Yoga teacher, writer, blogger, and marketing whiz – it’s safe to say Amy Collins is a busy little lady. Her idea of a stellar evening is yoga class followed by a glass of wine. Her favourite quote: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”


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