Saturday, October 16, 2010

Arg! eBay!



I have been too busy to spend much time shopping eBay.

I needed to take a break from it anyways.

I have just about everything I need.

Items I have put on my watch list, passed me by, ending without me remembering they were going to end.

I kicked myself for missing out on a vintage red Eames footstool with hairpin legs, but meh, not the end of the world.


Then I started to look yesterday.

And I found something I never thought I'd see...

Arg but the total will be $200 or more!!

Noooooooo!!!

I started to post what it is, then thought: Maybe I might buy it...

But $200?

Arg!!

OK, how do you get over items you REALLY want, but are too expensive? Well, unless you eat boiled rice for a month... lol Would it be worth it? Tell me, I need help deciding here!



Happy Saturday all my good friends!! 1950's Atomic Ranch House lady has been working very hard. Reading all your blogs, trying to comment as much as I can, sometimes not... But reading!
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So... A month of boiled rice and twice the guilt for a cool but over-priced vintage thingie, or just...let...it...go.... ?
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16 comments:

  1. lol - just let it go...of course, I don't know what this amazing "thingie" is... :)

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  2. It's a decorative thing... I can't sit in it or put things on it... So it's hard to justify that much money for it... In MY mind.

    But it's... so... COOL!!

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  3. I wanna hear more about this intriguing thingie

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  4. Can't say what it is until i decide to either buy it or let it go... lol...

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  5. Whenever I have that decision to make...I ask myself...If I walk away from it, will I regret it for the rest of my life? Or is it just a temporary infatuation? How often do I see "it" for sale (maybe I can find another one cheaper). Or maybe I can wait to see if I can find it cheaper-or if there are no bids, maybe it will be re-listed and start out cheaper. If it's a one of a kind, and I really, really want it...rice and beans it is! LOL! Good Luck!

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  6. Oooh I'm dying to know what it is.
    However, if it is purely decorative maybe you should just let it go by...
    Saying that I also have an itchy finger on the spending trigger.

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  7. It truly depends on what it is. I jumped at my sofa - $250 and he'd deliver it over 100 miles one way for another hundred. But then other things I won't pay more than I think it's worth!!

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  8. It's one of a kind as far as I have seen. Well, there must be others if there is one of these, but I have never seen one like it.

    Yeah, useful "stuff" I tend to be OK with. A couch for $250 + $100 shipping? Excellent! Decorative item I can't sit on? Hmmm...

    Will I regret not getting it? Hard to say!

    waaaa I can't decide!

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  9. I would let it go. If you're having doubts then you probably wouldn't think it was worth it in the end. You know? It drives me crazy how overpriced people make their vintage stuff, you know? For kicks I was flipping through 1950s baby stuff just for fun and people are charging $150 average for the old metal-framed strollers...just the basic thing mothers used. I mean, really? I told my grandma about that (whose first baby was in 1954) and she said, "What the hell do they think they have?" LOL

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  10. Ha ha BJ, good point. Yeah, you can find vintage strollers a lot less, just search for a few weeks to get a feel for their real value. Just because someone has a "Buy It Now" for "X" dollars does NOT mean, that's the value.

    Some sellers in the 1950's lamp category charge the most stupid high prices. it's no wonder they never sell.

    But... I've never seen anything quite like the thing I am considering. being crafty, I could make it myself for less. But... This IS vintage....

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  11. Just like BJ, when my fiance and I are trying to figure out whether to by something or not, we say to each other "when in doubt, leave it out". As silly as it sounds it's definitely kept us from making some really crazy purchases over the years. If it's something that's one-of-a-kind or a deal we just can't pass up (even though it's gonna set us back) we are TERRIBLE about it and buy it anyway. Our dogs never suffer, but we'll each cup-a-soup for the next few weeks! With Ebay its hard because the asking bids can be so crazy it's ridiculous. Sometimes though we'll even ask the seller if they'd take payments for it, or if we can pay on the next "pay week"rather than in 5 days or whatevery their policy is. Alot of times they're cool with it, because you approached them first. The worst case sinerio is they say no, right? Most people like to settle "out of ebay" as well, so they don't have to pay the ebay fees (we do this alot with things we pick up, giving them cash in hand), which really helps for making deals. Either way,lots of luck!!!! I really hope you'll share what you're hiding!!! Keep us updated! ;)

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  12. Well by the passion you are displaying in your responses to all of the above, I'd say BUY THE THING!! Why the hell not?! You only live once, I think, and you deserve it!
    Now tell us what it is!lol
    Jim

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  13. Here's a thought: Probably once that auction closes at a high price, a bunch of other people will dig out their items just like it and put them up, hoping for the same, but the furor will die down, and you'll have the chance to get it at a much better price. It's happened to me twice.

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  14. If you could make it yourself for less, perhaps you should leave it. And console yourself by setting aside some of that $200 to sit down in front of the computer and buy other fun, cheaper, vintage stuff while eating something way more delicious than boiled rice!

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  15. Well it depends if you can afford it or not, that's my decider, I think anything is an ok price if you can afford it, does that make sense? I can't afford anything right now so I don't buy anything, but if you want it and can afford it, go for it, if not, walk away!

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  16. Sometimes it is worth spending the money, if it is something you will really love. I am usually a cheapskate, but if I see something that just feels 'right' I am happy to pay up.

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