I missed SnB last night to place a bid on Ebay. I love Ebay. Not in the way some people do, buying useless crap for the thrill of it all, but in the way that I can get things that I want/need without the hassle of searching flea markets, garage sales, and thrift store, and without paying "collector's" prices. I'm not obsessive. I know my limits. But sometimes...
Wednesday, I was able to snag 13 sets of double pointed needles, a set in each size from 2--15, bamboo, for a scant $29. That comes out to $2.23 a set. Unheard of! The last set I purchased was at least $7, probably more.
Last night, though, I stayed late to win dishes. Huh? I hear you collectively scratching your heads. "Laur," you are saying, "you can buy dishes anywhere." Oh, yes, my friends, but not these. This is a complete set of Corelle ware in the early 70's era Crazy Daisy pattern that is exactly like the ones I grew up with. My mother still has these, in fact. They are at least 30 years old and still look good. Yes, they're butt-ugly. But the nostalgia, the kitsch factor--I wanted these like I've never wanted anything in my life. And when my mom departs this world, which won't be for years and years and years, I will have service for eight. And these babies are unbreakable, well, very nearly unbreakable. My brother shattered a dinner plate (so I guess I'll have service for seven) one day when he slammed it down in anger--hard--on the table sending tiny pieces all over the dining room. Mom was none the wiser until one day, while cleaning the molding above the dining room window, she found a piece. Hey, it just occurred to me...Mom must have two sets because we had a big family (7, all told) and the 20pc set wasn't going to cut it. Wow! I'll be up to my ears in Corelle!
Other recent ebay purchases, which may or may not have been necessary, include: a set of knitting needles with the cutest sculpty clay sheep on the ends, an old-time straw dispenser, in child size (for coffee stirrers at work), a DVD that is out of print, a lovely black shawl from the "Miss Kendra Collection", and a crystal lamp.
Steve Westly, don't know if you'll make a good governor, but God Bless You for Ebay.