My BEST Buy - Part One..............
My BEST buy. Part One
I had just started doing eBay, so I was a newbie, I had been to my dentist which isn’t near my home and I always go to the charity shops near there when I have finished at the dentist. I went in the first shop out of three and there in a basket full of hand bags all 50p, was a Christian Dior handbag! It was brand new, complete with certificate. I put it on eBay for £10 starting bid and a very low postage. Lots of people asked me questions, like, “Why am I Selling this lovely bag...” it sold in the end of £60 I was chuffed! But, if I had found that bag now that I have been on eBay for many years, there is no way on Earth that I would have put that amazing bag on for SO little! I would have put bidding to start at least £169.99 with post £10 to be sent, special delivery.
My second best ‘buy’ was a book I chose from another charity shop. It was when the kids were younger and it was the six weeks holiday. This shop was full and the owner said I could go upstairs, where there was a lot books and have as many as I wanted. He gave me a large bin liner and said I could fill it! I saw a book that caught my eye about a place in United Kingdom it didn’t look like there would be a lot on eBay with this place, so that went in the bag. When I got home with my ‘goodies’ I looked on eBay and typed in the title of that book and there wasn’t another one on eBay, so I put it on eBay for £70 plus postage on top of that and it sold to one bidder for £70 I was thrilled and when I looked to see who had bought it, it had sold to a Book Seller who sells rare and old books! So he would have then sold it on for even more, than he had bought it for. It’s a bit like recycling!
Part Three - His BEST Buy
My Son Daniel asked me, “Have you seen Aaron’s jumper?” I replied, “No, what does it look like and where did you leave it?” Daniel replied, “I left it on the sofa, its navy with a large Nike tick in white across the front.” I told him, “No I haven’t seen it, look in your room,” Daniel, as usual got annoyed, and replied, “When I left it on the sofa, I was in a hurry and had said as I left it there, this is Aaron’s top, he will get it later.” I asked him to look in his room after I’d have a quick look downstairs and couldn’t find it. He said, “It’s his new jumper that his Mum bought him for £60. I said, “Well he should look after his things and you too, why leave it on the sofa if it’s SO important!” Now I was annoyed, I have enough to worry about with him adding to it, and I genuinely couldn’t remember him saying that he’s left his friend top on the sofa!
So Daniel asked us all in the family and none of us had seen it. Then I was worried that Aaron and Daniel would fall out over it. I like Aaron he is polite and respectful but I thought he was maybe blaming us for not bothering to look for his new jumper. I said to Daniel in a half hearted manner, “Tell him, I will give his Mum the money back so she can buy him another one,” we couldn’t afford it, nor I hadn’t taken this extra expense into account!
So when he asked us again this week, I really didn’t know what to do. It was a sort of mystery; I was at a loss and said what was it like again? He said, “Its navy blue with a white Nike on the front! And to my horror the ‘mist’ that was there over my mind, in a flash cleared and I remembered!!!! I remembered that I had been to a car boot two weeks ago and had two clothes rails, one for various prices that was £1 and over and the other a favourite with the car booters was a rail for only 50p! I have Brothers who over the years have given me various clothes to do with as I liked. What I didn’t manage to sell on eBay, I eventually would take to the car boot and after taking some for many years over and over again I’d eventually either have them sold on eBay from my home, or as two or three large bin liners for pick up only. Sometimes I’d drive them to my local children’s hospice as not many charity shop that have items that can be taken in bulk which would be impossible for the amount that I had accumulated, so it’s easy to pile them all into the car.
I felt sick to my stomach, when I re-live that moment again, when asked, at the car boot “How much is this top” each week I say to my Husband Paul, “I will try not to be too greedy and try and not to hang on to them, but try to sell them cheap, for I need to remember I didn’t even buy them but have been given them, so they have cost me nothing, and some were piling up so I said, “50p” it felt good to know he had a bargain and he seem pleased that he had found a good buy! And I never gave that jumper a second thought until now! I felt sick! I was angry with myself! Beating myself up, how could I have been SO stupid! Didn’t I know a top quality jumper when I saw one? But half the clothes my Brothers gave me were top quality, designer items they have good jobs and buy lots of clothes. I didn’t dare to tell Paul or Daniel! What could I tell them? Paul would have whined, “We can’t afford it, to reply back the money” and Daniel would have said that, I had “done it on purpose!”
When I am in this situation I try and console myself by saying, this does not cost millions, like people in the world have to repay millions or have lost millions and 100 years from now, none of this will be important or remembered, but my plight was I still had to pay for the £60 to pay for the jumper. So my half heartedness changed and I said to Daniel, “I WILL pay back the money for the lost jumper” he said, “It was his fault too for not looking after it properly”. But I knew what I had done.
Today at work I told them what I had done, they thought it was funny, I didn’t see the funny side at all and I have a very good sense of humour. I decided to come clean and confess to Paul tonight when the kids had gone to bed.
Daniel walked into the Living room tonight where I was writing THIS story and said, “Here is Aaron’s Jumper, I found it in my room it was on top of my wardrobe.” I said relieved, “I told you to look in your room!!!!”
I went into the other room and whispered in Paul’s ear, “I was going to tell you tonight that I had sold it for 50p.” But you know what? It was another jumper I’d sold that day for there are various designs, the one I had sold for 50p had the word Nike on the front in white also navy but Aaron’s was a tick, your mind sees what it wants to and you can convince yourself.
So it has all worked out well, I won't tell Daniel, for it drained me, it was not a nice experience, with working and home life, it was just too much.