26 January 2009

The Ones That Got Away

As much time as I spend working on my own Ebay auctions, I'm quite a terrible Ebay-er when it comes to bidding on items. Usually I mark things to watch and then forget to check back when they're ending, or I place a bid so low I'm sure to be outbid. I don't think I've ever won a "Buy It Now" because I'm always thinkin' it over and someone else comes along and... well, you know - buys it now. And now that I've finally figured out Etsy a bit, I find myself doing the same thing. I mark a piece as a favorite and the next time I look at it, it's sold. I suppose this is the same sort of thing that plagues me when I'm in real stores. I often walk around with a handful of things to buy only to put them back at the last minute and walk out empty handed. I'm just not good at impulse buying. I really need to think about it first.

But lately, while I was thinkin' about it, I've missed out on some real gems. I think some of these are going to haunt me in my sleep...
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23 comments:

Q's Daydream said...

Oh my, where did you see those dresses???? Are they from an etsy store??? :o)

effie said...

oh no! I'm the owner of not one - but TWO of those things!!!!
That pink ruffle blouse and the little wool plaid jumper from etsy!! It amazes me how we're on such similar brain waves sometimes!!!

AlicePleasance said...

Oh...those are all so wonderful! I do the same with Etsy though...

LITTLE J said...

That little plaid dress is so cute!

Min said...

that big doctor's bag is amazing. i myself have woken up too late during a day to bid and win on items...but there will always be a next one.

Casey said...

Egads--I thought I was the only one who tended to be a bit too hesitant with Ebay and Etsy! lol!! I'm so awful about forgetting about things; I've taken to actually writing notes on my daily lists so I don't miss an auction. rofl. ;)

Those are gorgeous though... too bad! :(

copperoranges said...

you have great taste in handbags!

and i think you would have looked lovely in that lilac dress. what a bummer.

eithlinn said...

It's funny I saw that ruffle blouse on effie's flickr page just last night, and I thought I never find such adorable things on etsy or e-bay,and today I saw the picture of it on your site!

KEREN said...

I have a tendency to think too long about whether or not to buy something, and it has gotten me into many situations where a 'shoulda, woulda, coulda, didn't' situation occurs.
I sympathize. ;)

Dotti said...

Oh f***. Those are fabulous. Too fabulous to miss..

Poor you. Hope you will cheer up.

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

Yes lovely items indeed, you can set up your ebay preferences to get reminded before the auctions end. I also have the same problem on etsy, I need to just go for it more.

ZombieLace said...

Ah yes, it can be saddening to think of what might have been. Those are some lucky gals who beat you to the punch!

Hippy Chic said...

These certainly are gems! I will watch items until the last second but will just wave farwell, bc I could never get everything I watched!

have a lovely week! jess-bama girl!

Rachel C. said...

it's ironic how horrible of an ebay buyer i am - not only do i "bid my max early", as i suggest my own buyers do, but usually forget to bid altogether and miss out. my latest misfotune was a vintage dvf dress that ended up going for only $20! i've been thinking about that one all week!

Monique said...

the checkered dress is to die for, honestly, that was just love at first sight. I'll probably spend the rest of the evening browsing for something similar...

thefashionmaven said...

oh it's too funny that effie ended up with TWO of those items! sad for you, i know, but at least you know they went to a loving and stylin' home!

Anonymous said...

I'm completely the opposite. I wish I could be like you and actually think before I buy! More than half of the things I've bought on eBay I've regretted...

Market Publique said...

oh man! i had some issues pulling the trigger on some coats in early winter, and now I get to miss them all winter while wearing my black coat over and over again...

Lily said...

I'm always like this!
I especially love that jumper dress (Effie you must post a picture you lucky thing)

esme and the lane way said...

I do the same thing too – and recently saw a pair of shoes I liked when in town, went home and THEN went back into town to get them! Tedious, and a good lesson for me, maybe?!

HoneyBunny said...

wow these are gorgeous!

Mrs Gorman said...

if i'd seen that dress there'd have been no stopping me. i'd have been a human auction sniper!

goddamn US ebay for being so much better than UK ebay...

pigeon.toed said...

i always have 100 things on my watch list, and then i COMPLETELY forget about my favorite items and kick myself in the butt for missing out!