Saturday, August 20, 2011

It's Time to Check....

it is time
to check my sanity.

I am embarrassed to admit this to you,
but there have been several occasions
where I have purchased things on Ebay or Etsy
only to find upon receiving them that they were
what I had envisioned.

Okay, maybe "envisioned"
is not the word
I should be using....
yes, that is a better word.

For example....
just last week,
I saw some antique English potted meat
and mustard jars on Etsy.
I thought, how sweet!
These are perfect for the shop!

So I bought the jars quick
 before someone else did ....
they were such a great price and all.

Well, the anticipated box arrived in the mail.
I opened it. First one lid, then the next lid.....
and the box was empty.


Oh my goodness,
 to pack the bottoms!!!

So I went back online and opened my account
to contact the seller,
when much to my dismay....
I noticed that the listing
was for the lids.

The lids.

It is a cute little lid..... right?

Are you kidding me?
No wonder they were such a good deal.

But this is not the first time
this has happened to me.
There have been several times
when I looked only at the photos
and did not read the descriptions.

I once bought a gorgeous
French ornately carved armoire.
(Turns out... it was for a doll house.)
No wonder the price was so reasonable.

(I'm just kidding. LOL)

Sanity check? Yes!
It's official. I have lost it.

Even worse..... I can't remember what I lost?

Has this ever happened to you?
(Please lie and tell me it has!!!)

Does anyone have some bottoms they would like to sell me? Cheap???!!!


AntiqueChase said...

Um ya...all the time... win some, loose some.... but costly mistakes stink!!! I just had "mistake #10000000
come the other day... ooops!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Oh Alison, you're not insane. We've all made mistakes. I once spotted a pair of carved french chairs at a garage sale. It was late in the sale, and I couldn't figure out why they were still there. My lucky day. I purchased them, took them home, and began to sand them down. PLASTIC! Yes, I admit it. Me, the queen of furniture, was so excited, I didn't check close enough. May explain why they were so lightweight.

Babs said...

LOL Alison. You are too funny. At least it wasn't a HUGELY expensive mistake. You are definitely NOT the only one that happens to.
Now, what are those round clay/pottery?? balls in the photo with the lids?.. . I DO wish you had an online store. I'd love to buy some lovely old things from your shop.
:)..I'm still giggling about the lids.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I've bought several items on EBay, and been sorely disappointed upon their arrival.
Most often it will be a Staffordshire plate where the transferware was incomplete on the pattern, and just recently I bought a miniature Windsor chair, about the size of a large thimble.
I was so let-down :(
Seems like we are all vunerable to these oversights !
I would be interested in purchasing the lids, when you set a price, bottom or not...

Janette - The2Seasons said...

Those lids would be great in a shadow box.

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh dear. I don't do Ebay or Etsy or any shopping on line cause I'm scared to. LOL I too, love those lids and those balls. We all make mistakes but don't forget "buyer beware". That's about all I remember from Economics class.:-) The lids do have character though!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh Alison welcome to my world! When I do something like this I try very hard to keep it to myself. You are a good sport to blog about it. Hope you are having a great weekend...

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So sorry to be laughing my head off right now. No, no bottoms here!!

Sarah said...

Alison, you make me smile. I'm sure we've all done similar things. It's easy. I was high bid on a faience platter in the UK several years ago. I knew the price was too good to be true. Well, long story short, the platter never arrived. Check cashed, letters exchanged with excuse after excuse, but no platter. Chalk it up to experience!
You know, the lids are the best part. Just display them in a vignette. ;-)
~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

Ha! Oh, little Alison, yes, it happens to me all the time! But the little lids you got are darling! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I don't shop Ebay very often, just not sure about even the descriptions. You are just fine, the lids are fabulous and nope, I don't have any bottoms. Hugs, Marty


Oh hon...I'm so sorry I'm just cracking up! Yeah, I would've kept it to myself, because I'd be so mad...but who cares after all, they were probably a "good price"!!
I never buy Etsi or e-bay, I'm afraid they might send me all the way here, broken china or something, so, no, I don't order. Have a sweet evening, have a glass of red wine, unwind and forget it!

Amy Chalmers said...

thats funny! I have to tell you I sold a set of 4 teacups on my etsy shop, then realized I had 4 saucers but only 3 teacups...I sent a note twice to the buyer, but still have not heard back. they sent payment, but seems like they totally forgot about buying this set!! slipped their minds I guess. I don't want to send it unless they approve (with a credit for the missing 4th cup of course).

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

It sure has!I feel faint when I bid on something and a fog comes over my brain. BTW I adore the lids.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Yes, I have purchased things on ebay without really reading through the description....

In fact the other day, I bid on a french confit pot, that I thought was an amazing price. Then I looked at the pictures again and the color they called "ochre" was more green that yellow/gold in some of the pictures. Other pictures showed it yellow/gold. So I emailed them and they said it was green....and suggested that I don't bid if I didn't like the color. So I retracted my bid siting wrong description....

Deserae said...

Yes, I have done this you are not alone! The lids are very pretty though :o)

Karena said...

Oh dear Alison, I am sorry, this is so funny though! I am sure because, yes I can relate!!


Art by Karena

lisa said...

you're so cute...this made me smile.
best, lisa. (the frenchman's wife)

lisa said...

you're so cute...this made me smile!
best, lisa (the frenchman's wife)

Divine Theatre said...

Yes. That dollhouse furniture has gotten me twice! I also purchased what I thought was a lot of used antique watch parts but when they arrived it was solely the tin cases.
My fortuitous finds, on the other hand, have more than made up for the egregious ones!

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

They are lovely lids however! x Sharon

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

I love the dollhouse armoire story. It is hilarious! Kinda sounds like my story with the hat box that I posted, then I bought an old portable type-writer the other day, same situation as the hat box. I just think it is a good deal and I jump on it without even checking things out. Sad thing is, my goof-ups weren't online, they were right in my face for me to look at and check out! Nope, your not crazy!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It definitely has, Alison! I have been trying to be better about reading the full descriptions and even grab a ruler to get an idea of what a measurement actually looks like. I love these lids though! You could display them in so many ways.

Richard Cottrell said...

Well, in the sellers defense, people have been selling and collecting, just lids, like these for years. I know what you mean, I get so excited I forget to look for cracks, chips and yes, read the whole description. I am so sorry.Patients is a virtue.Richard at My Old Historic house.

Miss Jean said...

I haven't had that exact same problem. But I have purchased things on ebay only to discover that I already had the exact same thing. No wonder I liked it!!

Unknown said...

Ok Alison, this seriously had me laughing! My daughter and I once bid on some mannequin arms and won them only we didn't realize they had no HANDS!Yeah,they were auctioning them seperately!Ugh!!Sooo yes, a box of 25 useless mannequin arms are collecting dust in my garage:(!

Chlvie said...

Hi Allison,

I wanted to send thanks for joining me as a follower at Creative Choices Interior Design. I absolutely love and enjoy your site and seeing the beautiful pictures of your home.

Best to You,

White Ironstone Cottage said...

This is hilarious only because I can totally relate
I am a visual person too But I have learned to read and reread again I like the tops they look great in your pic's
Thanks for a fun post