Monday, January 14, 2008

Fun Monday #11

Ann at For the Long Run is hosting Fun Monday this week and she wants to hear about a website that's changed our life. A website we can't live without. A website whose inventor we'd like to see win a McArthur Genius Grant. I've got one (kind of) word for you.


If you're a thrifty, yard sale loving, odd thing collecting fool like I am, this is about as good as it gets. As a matter of fact there are days I'm convinced I started blogging to keep me off eBay. After all, I can't really obsess on two sites at once, can I?

If you want it, it's there. If you need it, it's there. And because it's there...I'm there.

Cinnamon incense. Check.

Enough garden seeds to plant an arboretum. Check.

Brand new hardback books that you're too cheap to buy at Borders, but someone will put up to recoup a small part of their outlay. Check.

Stila lip glaze that may be my favorite piece of make-up - period, but that I would have to drive forty five minutes to buy. Check.

Slipcovers. Check.

My favorite book from elementary school that I could never find anywhere else. Check. (and under a dollar, by the way).

You get the thrill of the hunt, the adrenaline of the auction and the convenience of at home delivery. It's like a yard sale on steroids.

I have to go now. I have an auction closing.

25 comments:

ciara said...

i used to be obsessed with ebay...thank goodness i stopped that crap our i'd be more broke than i am already lol

-Ann said...

Yeah, I had to quit the ebay too after spending way too much on an Atari and waiting way too long to get it. I did have a brief foray back when I inherited a tin dollhouse, but I restrained myself from actually buying anything.

Thanks for playing!

MarmiteToasty said...

I LOVE ebay, I buy and sell on there.... and even had a famous bloke buy something off me and he kept sending me emails lol....

Me, I could sell sand to the arabs on there :)

We call yard sales.... CarBoot Sales over here and they are held in fields or carparks etc, so that there can be hundreds of sellers all in one place....
x

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

ROFLOL!! I broke my e-bay addiction...I now limit myself because it was getting silly!!

Flowerpot said...

My husband is addicted to ebay. I daren't start - we cant have 2 addicts in the family!

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh yes, eBay...a definite life changing site. No, really. I'm serious.

laurie said...

i never figured out ebay. the whole auction thing intimidates me.

but amazon---you can get all the same stuff on amazon! with guarantees!

Potty Mummy said...

So, just wondering... a) what were you buying and di you get it and b) did surfer dude get the part he wanted?

Eileen said...

We are an E-Bay loving family too. I do more of the buying, hubby does more selling. We sold our used van, got way more money than we ever expected. A flew up from Florida to get it. I couldn't figure that one out. I love garage sales too! So much fun!
XOXO

auntie barbie said...

My husband and I have been ebaying for years. We have bought and sold everything from classic cars to pool heaters and new windows for our house.
If it wasn't for ebay my husband would have never learned how to use the internet.

Rose said...

Would you believe I don't know how to shop on ebay? But with my addictive personality, that's probably a good thing, right?

Kaycie said...

I love ebay. My mother is a serious collector of Harker Cameoware. It's fairly pricey stuff, and you just cannot find it in the thrift shops or antique shops here. That is how I got into ebay. If I started listing the things I buy on ebay, I'd shock you!

Faye said...

RC, "yard sale on steroids"--great line! If I still were an antique Christmas ornament collector, I'd be in there with you.

Here's to you making the winning bid.

kathy said...

I LOVE ebay, we remodeled our kitchen and sold the old kitchen cabinets for $1500.00 I thought they were junk, who wants used cabinets? My husband was convinced somebody would come and get them and they did. You gotta love ebay.

kathy said...

I LOVE ebay, we remodeled our kitchen and sold the old kitchen cabinets for $1500.00 I thought they were junk, who wants used cabinets? My husband was convinced somebody would come and get them and they did. You gotta love ebay.

aims said...

Ebay does have its ups and downs - we've been trying to sell the last of the fur coats from our store - and have just had to pay ebay for each time we've tried...sigh.

Diana said...

I see ebay as a slippery slope and so have stayed the hell away.

I'm sure it's just a matter of time, though.

Sandy said...

Awesome call and just 'cause I'm nosy - what book from your childhood was it?

Groovy Mom said...

Oh yeah! Ebay all the way, baby!

Stacie said...

Love EBAY, too, although I have yet to win an item. I don't think I am aggressive enough. Either that, or I have the same taste as a lot of other people with lots more money!

Corey~living and loving said...

You know what I love about Ebay? I get all the joy of looking, bidding, trying to get it as cheap as can be, but rarely win. SO.....I get all the joy, then don't often really get more stuff to clutter up my house.

It is like retail therapy with out really buying anything. LOVE.IT!

Tiggerlane said...

"Yard sale on steroids" - SO TRUE! I dabbled a little bit on it - and saw that I would be an addict SOON if I didn't STEP AWAY from the computer!

Pamela said...

I've only E-bayed a couple of times. But I know people who thrill for the auction, too.

I"m interested in that lip stuff

Jo Beaufoix said...

Blimey RC, I forgot about ebay. I love it. I've bought and sold, and you can generally find anything. It's fab. Hmmm. I must go see if they have any pine bookshelves in my area.

PixelPi said...

eBay is a bad word in my house. Would anyone be interested in holding an intervention for Mr. Pi?

When we were packing for our move over a year ago, I kept asking him, "What's this?" when I would find an unopened box with a postmark two years old.

"I don't know, something I ordered off eBay. Just pack it in the box."

So now we have boxes within boxes of things unopened from eBay. Our relatives are going to have a field day when Mr. Pi and I die and they get to open everything.