I recently downloaded the ebay app. I don't know why really, I'm not usually a big ebay user, but I know my bank balance is telling me off for downloading it. There is something incredibly addictive about chilling in bed, just before switching the lights off, scrolling through pages of vaguely interesting things (bare in mind, I am a bit of a magpie) and making a cheeky little bid here and there. We all know the tips; search for last minute bargains and look for things listed in the wrong categories and spelt incorrectly. Before I know it, I have about 20 payments to make on items that can only really be described as impulse purchases. Washi tape, trade cards, brooches and postcards seem to have been my go to searches, natch.
Some recent wins...
I have been making little bids on brooches here and there. There is a plethora of brooches to be had on ebay. Here are some that I have managed to win and I am currently bidding on a few others. With winter coming there will be plenty of opportunities to sport them on coats, scarves and chunky knits. I ended up paying no more than £2.50 for each of these (some of them I won for only 99p with free p&p.) One thing that does annoy me though is the way the word "vintage" is banded around ebay, particularly in relation to jewellery . Cheap tat from China is not vintage, the chances of scoring a genuinely precious and vintage piece from ebay for a few quid is pretty slim. Nonetheless, I like all these brooches no matter when (or where!) they were made.
I had originally bought these to use in a scrapbook but can't quite bring myself to stick them in yet, I don't want to damage them. This full set of cacti tea cards set me back a few quid (inc. p&p) and I just need to figure a way out to use them in my scrapbook without damaging them. I love cacti (here's my cacti collection) and these will be a great addition to my scrapbooking.
My local antiques centre has a stamp dealer and there are big boxes full of stamps to rummage through. 2p each for international ones and 10p for British ones, they also do some themed bags for 50p (e.g.. birds, flowers, countries etc.) I bought some a few years ago for use in a craft project and discovered they work really well on scrapbooking pages. Having a scout around on ebay I found lots of themed bags for some good prices and now I have stamps coming out of my ears. They make for great little page fillers though. I like the fact that most of them are used so have travelled around the world - this little bit of paper has travelled more than I have!
Again my local antiques centre has a huge array of postcards and I can literally spend hours pouring over them all. I love the history and I love the little snapshot into someone else's life they often provide. Apart from the interesting designs and often vintage feel, the ones that have been written on are so interesting. Some of the ones I have are around a hundred years old, the writing still just about legible. Some are cards that have been sent during the world wars and make for an interesting read. Again, I use them in scrapbooks (I must share these one day...) and some I have just got because I love the things they say. I doubt that in a hundred years time someone will be getting so excited over a tweet ;) Some of the above cards were bought as bulk themed lots and some of them were bought individually. I won a set of 15 ship themed cards for about £3.50 and am looking forward to creating some sea themed pages in my scrapbook.
With bids on things due to end in the coming week, my ebay addiction is showing no signs of ending yet...