Sunday, April 23, 2017

eBay -- part 1

I don't have The Right Stuff for eBay auctions. They require patience, determination & a skill that I just don't have. I have a won few auctions, but mostly they go like this:

  • I see a newly listed item I like. I bid the seller's minimum, put in my maximum & wait.
  •  In the next few days, I am the only bidder. I start congratulating myself for being a smart eBay buyer -- not only will get this thing, but I will get it for a bargain price!
  • A few more days & I am still the only bidder. I convince myself that I am the only person who wants this thing. I also convince myself that I want this thing more than anything in the world.
  • At the last minute -- & I mean The. Very. Last. Minute. -- someone sweeps in & out-bids me. *My* beloved treasure will be going to live with someone else. I am heartbroken.

So, as a rule, I stay away from eBay. But sometimes I need to look at quilts & eBay is a good place to see a wide spectrum of quilts. Recently, I was scrolling through the listings & came across one that really grabbed me: a simple double 4-patch top set with a variety of solids. It was nearing the end of its auction period & no one had bid on it. So I did, but with little expectations. In the remaining days, no one else did bid, so I actually won it! A few days later, it arrived in the mail.

I am delighted! It is so charming! I would guess it to have been made in the late 20s to early 30s. Such a variety of prints, plaids, stripes & solids! As usual, I wish it could tell me its story. In those days when money was so tight, why didn't the maker finish it? Some of the tiny 4-patch squares are pieced! And where did the maker get all those different fabrics? A garment factory that sold scraps, maybe? Anyway, it is keeping its secrets & I am left to wonder & fall in love.




7 comments:

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

It certainly was a wonderful find, I love it!

Julierose said...

It is certainly lovely--I can see why you fell in love with it...
hugs, Julierose

beth s said...

You have a treasure.

Quiltdivajulie said...

What a happy "win" -- love it right along with you.

ES said...

What a beaut!

Nifty Quilts said...

It's wonderful! All those sweet old prints and the quirky layout make it a real treasure. Congratulations! It was meant to be.

O'Quilts said...

I am totally impressed that you won....Ebay is way out of my skill set...way...
AND You got a winner.As I was putting together the vintage hand pieced blocks I have...I am so wondering if it is worth it...wondering...answer is always yes...but the work is hard.
As I add still to my collections..I wonder what will become of my poor Emily when I meet my maker...Oh, well...she loves me, she loves my stuff...Congrats to you dear Beth...on a lovely win.