|A rock maple end table to match my antique bedroom set- Etsy score, twenty bucks!|
Then one day we were told that the house was for sale. We called the owner immediately, made an offer and it was ours. The inside was perfect - almost totally original, great bones, but in need of a lot of work. All of which was fine, because my husband is a do-it-yourself kind of guy and I am a not-willing-to-settle kind of girl. So this place was ideal, we could make it exactly what we wanted and we were super excited to get started.
When the construction dust finally settled, I couldn't wait to get busy with the fun stuff, the stuff that really transforms a house into a home, the decorating! Unfortunately, after the extensive renovations required to bring a turn of the century summer cottage into a modern, year round home, there wasn't a whole lot left in the kitty for fun.
Now normally I wouldn't mind that. I am drawn to very unique pieces, I like to craft, thrift and refurbish and above all, I love a bargain! There's something about the thrill of the hunt, the unexpected treasure that may be unearthed or the potential a piece could hold that thrills me, but it was winter in our little town, so my usual garage sale solution was not going to be an option. I checked out the local thrift and antique stores, but there wasn't a rapid turnover in merchandise, so it got very boring, very fast.
That is when I turned to eBay. It was this relatively new site where Santa Claus had scored a sell out toy. Could there be other items besides toys for sale? I logged on to see and I was hooked. I became an eBay junkie. It was so much fun, I could shop at anytime of the day or night. I could search for anything from hurricane glass to wooden oars and all of it for rock bottom prices, if I could outbid the competition. And so I did. In fact, I became a pro at the bidding game, winning just about everything I wanted and my house is so much the prettier for it!
Of course, today eBay is a mainstream shopping destination. In fact, I have purchased everything from custom-made theatrical ball gowns to pool chlorine from the site, but my favorites are still those unique second hand treasures.
Here are just a few of my favorite pieces:
One of a pair of gorgeous watercolor paintings I picked up for $5.00. I matted and framed them both for under $20.00. The tin roof birdhouse and its yellow twin were a dollar each.
My rustic wooden pig family was $2.00. They sit over the entryway to my kitchen. They are sweet and direct the eye upward (away from the mess that is usually on the kitchen floor!).
I love my Homemade Cookies wooden doll sign. She was less than $5.00 and she is always smiling at me, day or night, rain or shine, even when I don't smile back at her-although I really do try. A greeting like that is certainly worth a whole lot more!
My hand painted Flower Market sign was $14.00, the focal point in my family room. I actually feel guilty about this one, it should have been a lot more. It is truly exquisite.
f you are still not familiar with eBay, or not used to shopping for anything other than cell phone accessories there, I highly recommend a look around. You never know what you might find! If you are an eBay shopper I would love to hear about your favorite finds!
Quick eBay Shopping Tips:
*Read the item description very carefully and then read it again. Check the specifics regarding measurements, materials, condition. Pictures can be deceiving.
*Investigate the seller. Check feedback scores, return policies and shipping prices. I NEVER pay shipping charges.
*Shop around. Once you have found your desired item, put it in your cart and then look at other vendors selling the same thing...trust me, very few items are one of a kind.
*When in doubt, ask the seller a question.
*Take advantage of the "Buy it Now" feature, it alleviates the need for bidding and waiting a week or more for your item.
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