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Hi there,

We're all gearing up for Christmas feasts, last minute shopping madness and BBQs galore. In amongst all the craziness that December brings, it's nice to have a wee think about how your year has gone.

Here at Trade Me, we've had an exciting year. Here are some of the choice moments:
We put together a new video, showing Sam Morgan in a tie in the early days, right through to our in-office slide in our new HQ.
Listing number 700 million and 800 million were sold!
Trade Me Fashion was launched! We hope you're enjoying the new design.
April Fool's shenanigans and BlinkMe.
We loved being involved in the The Big Egg Hunt to support the life-changing work of the Starship Foundation.
Introducing: Travelbug gift vouchers
Stuck for gift ideas for that someone special or need inspiration for yourself? Why not purchase the gift of travel: Travelbug gift vouchers have just landed and they're the perfect treat.

The vouchers can be used for booking any NZ accommodation on Travelbug so be sure to ask Santa to put one in your stocking this year.
Buy a Travelbug gift voucher now
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Trade Me treasures: turning 'junk' into $800
A treasure trove of one-off gems can be found in the nooks and crannies of Trade Me.

We love this story about a Whangarei woman who listed one of these gems without even knowing it. The stagecoach toy train was ignored at her garage sale, so it ended up on Trade Me. Little did she know there were toy aficionados who would be stoked when they saw it pop up on site.

The plastic toy train sold for a sweet $800 and meant the seller could pay her good fortune forward. Warm fuzzies all round.
Check out the full story
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iOS competition: Find Bruce's nest
Bruce, the Trade Me Property kiwi, has given his nest a makeover with the latest electronic gear. He wants to help you do the same, with $5,000 worth of Dick Smith store credit up for grabs. For more information, please check out the full terms and conditions.

To enter all you need to do is:

1. Download the free iOS Trade Me Property app on your iPhone or iPad.
2. Type "Bruce's nest" into the search bar.
3. Find and add Bruce's home to your Watchlist.

You'll then be in the draw to win – easy as that!
Download the app & find Bruce's nest now
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Top 10 stocking stuffers
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1     Lego
2     Boogie board
3     Tea infuser
4     Beach towel
5     Power bank
  6     Swing ball set
  7     Chalkboard
  8     Juggling balls
  9     iPhone cover
10     Nail polish
Cool auctions
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Cursed chore wheel
Is your flat constantly forgetting to do the cleaning? Or your kids claiming they didn't know whose turn it was? Get it all sorted with this chore wheel from the What We Do In The Shadows vampire movie.
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'61 Porsche
Here's an iconic Porsche in Condor Yellow. The name of the paint alone makes this car awesome. It's been fully restored over the past five years and the oatmeal carpets "are proper German weave". Fancy!
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Rhys' voicemail
If you've ever thought: "I wish I had one of New Zealand's funniest people catching my voicemail", today's your lucky day. Get your thinking hat on and come up with a script for the message and Rhys Darby will record it – cool!
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Sellers' sweet stuff in the news
From pita breads to metal horses – we've seen it all this month. Here are the top four news stories about quirky stuff from Trade Me members:
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2009 'Jesus' pita bread
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Metal hobby horse for charity
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One Tree Hill tree for sale?
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Celebrity doodle for oodles
Come and join the Trade Me whānau
We've had a busload of new people join the Trade Me gang this month.

Banu, Keertika, Trent, Gili, Kendyl, Varun, Alex, Martin, Liam, Kate, Alex, Chris, Katherine, Marcus, Rayna, Tomos, Daniel, James, Matt, Jonathan, Rebecca, Sean, Sriram, Abby, Amir, Sean, Sivan, Zac, Jodie, Alistair, Ross, Jason and Vipul all saw the light (or the slide) and came aboard – want to join them?

We're on the hunt for SQL and .NET whizzes so if you know what those acronyms mean, check out our Careers page and get in touch!
Check out our new vacancies
That's it for this year. Enjoy your summer holiday and remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap!
From Madeleine and the Trade Me team
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