Thursday, September 2, 2010

Do You Ever See Things on eBay or Etsy That You Already Have, and Get Excited?



Am I the only one who will come across something on eBay that I already own, and get excited to see it there? Or is this some kind of bizarre validation deal on my part?



I have this bracelet. Well, Mom did. It looks fab, though it's a simple paste bracelet. When I saw it on eBay with a BIN for $95, I was excited.

Do you get excited to see things you own in these auctions?








This was really something to see. Years ago, Grandma, Mom's Mom, sent me a box of small and treasured dolls. In the same box was the female of these two porcelain wall plaques. You see? More of that Colonial Revival stuff from back in the 1950's.

Ay any rate. Mom always told me it was special and to take good care of it. So I kept it packed away until last year when I started to display it in the Pink room. After all, what good is something if you keep it packed away out of sight?

So then I unexpectedly come across it again, on eBay, and see it's actually one of a pair.

And the pair was priced at $7.99. So much for "rare and special". Ahh but mine is of course special because it's sentimental.

I didn't buy this pair, and it did not sell. You can't give away Colonial Revival stuff on eBay. Besides, I have enough frill and froo in the Pink room already, but it was a surprise to see it as a pair.




So good people of blogland, how do you react when you see things you already own on eBay or Etsy? Excited? Chagrined? Happy? Or nothing?
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18 comments:

  1. I don't peruse ebay or etsy too much (although I'm setting up an etsy shop this week). I have often run itno stuff when its on tv shows or in the movies. Now thats a proud feeling! I'm always nudging the person next to me and saying "see that lamp, the one in the last scene, oh wait, there it is again...not that one, the one in the back, in the corner....ohh you just missed it! OK, well...I own THAT lamp!!" HAHAHA I wish I could say my friends get as excited as I do!

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  2. That's why I go to antique malls. Not to buy, just to look and say "HA! I paid only two bucks for that at a garage sale! and you want... SEVENTY-NINE NINETY FIVE??? What, are you CRAZY??"

    Makes me feel much better about all my stuff.

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  3. lol! Amber, yes! If I see something I own in a movie set, that's a whole different ball of wax! Whoo hoo!!


    Maria, last time I went to a very nice Antique Mall, I saw a metal picnic basket priced at $69. I have the same one I paid $3 for tee hee hee I always get a kick out of that. =D

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  4. I've never seen something I own but I have seen things I saw at a local estate sale, which cracks me up! I worked at an estate sale last month, which had a TON of vintage lingerie. Now, that same stuff is all over ebay. Its funny because they sold for $15 a piece at the sale. You wouldn't believe how much people have marked that stuff up.

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  5. Gee, and sometimes eBay is the only way to get the variety and sizes, Brittany, so people will pay for them.

    I know I have to sometimes, knowing they cost the owner a lot less. =/

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  6. Yes, I tend to see if I own stuff already while perusing ebay...and it does excite me if the price is high...

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  7. I just get excited to see it, high price or not. =O

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  8. I am SO tired of hearing people say, when they see the prices on my Pyrex that I am VERY RELUCTANTLY SELLING at the antique mall, "Oh, you mean that old stuff Mom made me take is worth THAT much?!" There are people who treasure things and there are people who think the same things are junk. I'll pay good money for something I like and want but of course get all giddy when I find something I KNOW is worth more for mere pennies at the flea market or a garage sale. My best one is the vintage Pez Santa (with feet) I bought for $5 and then found two auctions on eBay that were up into the $100's. For a freaking plastic candy machine! By the way, your Mom's bracelet is absolutely GORGEOUS and just as soon as you can you must put it in a box and send it to me, ha ha ha. I actually don't have much of Mom's costume jewelry and sometimes wonder what she did with it, although I kind of think some of my sister's shady boyfriends might've helped themselves over the years.

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  9. I looked on Ebay the other day trying to find the age of my new-to-me pink aluminum canisters from WestBend...I found a silver set of three for $30 and a sad set of four in silver for $90!
    I got my 8 piece set for $13 from the thrift store in town....GOOD TIMES!!!!
    Last week I saw on a forum a wire bracelet my grandmother had...I cannot find it anywhere....hmmm...maybe naughty little imps hijacked it.....

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  10. The short answer is YES! I certainly do! There have been one or two things, like cigarette dispensers, and a bracelet that I saw on Mad Men, and thought to myself, "WOW! I DO have good taste."

    Your bracelet, Miss A, is stunning. Beautiful...

    Hugs and love

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  11. P.S. Remember this gal?

    http://madmencastingcall.amctv.com/browse/detail/EZ3MBH

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  12. I LOVE it when I see something at an antique shop that I already own! Especially if I have someone along with me so that I can point it out!!! :)

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  13. Makes me feel 'validated' as well when I see something I already have......helps with putting some perspective into the whole thing.

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  14. Hmm Christine Mom had a sliver bracelet and I have yet to find it. it makes me wonder if my evil brother somehow found it and took it, but I doubt it. I don't think it's very valuable, but I sure remember her having it and be darned if I can find it. Very odd, like a scrolly wire set she had, bracelet and earrings with carved birds inset. I KNOW she had it, but where the heck did they go? =/

    Darlene I responded on your blog about that gal. Wow, I figured enough people would vote for her, which is why I suggested it. Right or wrong, she sure is getting the votes.


    Yes, I see things on eBay fairly often that I have, and while not always valuable, it sure makes me feel good somehow. =)

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  15. It's not that I see things that I own now as much as I might have owned in the past. I love browsing through the toys and books in antique stores. I love seeing things in there that I had. It makes me giggle and feel like a little girl again.

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  16. Oh I do that too! I saw some little dolls in rings, what the heck were they called? Anyways, they were selling for a lot of money.

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  17. Yes I saw a bracelet my mum gave me, it's really not my thing at all but as her Aunt gave it to her, it's most likely from the 30s or early 40s, anyway I saw one, not in as good condition sell for £115 ( $170!) I was shocked I remember playing with it when I was young, mum was shocked to, but I of course wouldn't sell.

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  18. kiddles are those little dolls in rings. i had loads of them when i was a kid!

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