The sport of Ebaying.

Truth be told, I was possibly a little behind on this (decade or two?).  Last summer I discovered the joys of Ebay and 90’s punk band, The Descendents (more like 20 years late).  I only mention the latter because it is as equally embarrassing since I love punk and never worked them into rotation until waaaaaaaay after the fact.

Any who, back on target.  Ebay…  Hot DANG!  The iPad app?  Get out of here…. It’s so user-friendly!  You’re my new friend and the reason why I may have to meet up with friends later than asked because a bidding war is ending at 8:23 and I NEED that pair of elk antlers.  My competitive nature tends to come out in the most aggressive fashion (no pun intended) when I have my heart set on something that I believe is already mine.  I kid you not, whenever I get it into my head that I want something, I always consult with Ebay first.  That’s when the “sporting” begins.

You most certainly need a plan when bidding.  Don’t be one of those assholes that bids on something when there is 4 days left of the auction to raise the prices up for the rest of us.  Instead, put your item on watch, set your calendar alarm for when the bidding war is supposed to end, and visit that item in its last 2 minutes.  I like to throw a lower number than I’d actually pay out there in the last-minute and a half to see if the other bidder already set the bar pretty high, if they haven’t, I’ll come back BIG and sock it to them in the last 7 seconds with a price they don’t have time to outbid.  Take that!!!  Needless to say, along with my UPS man, my USPS lady now also thinks I have a serious problem with the amount of packages I receive these days.  I love the hunt, I love the game, and I love having something that I really feel I loss some sweat over.  You won’t lose weight, but you will win boxes of happiness.

Luxury Garage Sale

If you’re all fancy and love designer goods, or you love a solid victory on Ebay, you’ll be a big fan of this website.  Luxury Garage Sale curates some of the best vintage finds on Ebay in an easy to view list, to save you the time of having to rummage through all the other crap you get when you search for “Chloe brown sandals” on Ebay.  Once you select the item you think you’ve been looking for, the bidding wars begin and you’re redirected over to Ebay to place your bets.  If you have the patience and determination, you can come out with some amazing goods at a fraction of the price.    On the flip side, if you need to sell some of your treasures, they’ll come to you and post your items on Ebay and do all of the work.  You can read more about this service here.

You can start spending your money by clicking on the image below.

Is Etsy the new Ebay?

If you love to scour Ebay for vintage clothing and accessories, I recommend turning your online patience in exploration over to Etsy.  I’ve been a long time fan of all their artisan goods, but in never dawned on me to dig through their vintage.  Boy-oh-boy do they have good finds.  It’s edited much better than Ebay where you won’t see as many canvas bags labeled as “brown” when they’re really dyed in coffee stains and god knows what else.  Instead you’ll find vendors with a more critical eye and more gently used goods.  The other plus is that Etsy’s website is just nicer to look at.   Ebay’s homepage makes me want to buy a lawnmower and only a lawnmower.  Ok, maybe a vintage saw too.