Friday, March 26, 2010

Do you remember your first?


Do you remember your first ebay purchase?
(Mitchel Robertson lll   1928    Hingham, Mass.)



I'll never forget mine.

I typed in chinoiserie and there she was!  It was love at first sight.  I opened an ebay account and placed my bid.  There weren't options like "maximum bid" or services like "bid snipe" then.  Looking back it was all so straight forward.  I kept vigilant watch over the auction for days.  When the final hour was at hand I sat in front of my computer with butterflies in my stomach as the final seconds ticked away.  Suddenly it was over and she was mine!  I was overjoyed!  The sweet smell of success was intoxicating.  The next morning I received an email asking me if I wanted to sell the monkey!
I was confused!  I opened the email to discover that someone in San Francisco was offering to buy my chinoiserie monkey  that I had just won but had yet to receive!  I emailed back and asked them why they wanted my monkey.  They replied that they had her mate which they had purchased from the same seller a few months earlier.  I asked why they hadn't bid on her and they said they had been out of town and missed out on participating in the auction.  My response to them was,  NO...  but did they want to sell their monkey?  They said NO. 


So, my sweet chinoiserie monkey resides with us in Alameda while her mate lives 20 minutes away in the City by the Bay.


15 comments:

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

I have yet to buy anything on e-bay! I know, weird huh? I think I'm the only person left in the world who hasn't bought something. Love this story. Have a great weekend Therese! xo Erica

cityfarmer said...

she's a keep-er
cute as a bug's ear

let's catch up

The Zhush said...

Hilarious! I sold about 100 items on Ebay, before I finally couldn't take it anymore...and started shopping! Now I try to blog, and not log on to ebay...so addictive! Great story, adorable monkey.

lisa golightly said...

I think you guys should arrange a play date for the monkeys. Judging by the attire ... a little tete a tete on Maiden Lane perhaps ? Have a lovely weekend girl !

Beach House Living said...

If my first purchase was something like that and with such a story I would probably remember. I know one of my early things was a sterling silver compote.

ashlina said...

omg. i am in love! i want him, he is just adorable. my first purchase was not quite as cool, it was a pretty little pink teacup (i collect adorable rose teacups) ahh, memories....

hope you had a good week princess...happy friday!
only a week till easter ;)

Jean said...

Can't remember my first purchase on ebay. But selling is even more fun than buying!

Putting up the listing, watching the number of hits, watching the number of people who are following your item, realizing that someone will actually be buying the item, after that first bid and on and on. And of course getting that money deposited from PayPal. Sold my Ginny Doll original Mouseketeer outfit on ebay. What fun!

A Perfect Gray said...

lovely story. I do believe we are long lost sisters: my first e-bays searches were 'chinoiserie' too! Too funny. love your purchase! you are the best, gal! Donna

my favorite and my best said...

she's darling.

Cashon&Co said...

that's a great story. I LOVE ebay. i do remember my first purchases on ebay. It was in 1999. wow! i want to see more of your ebay purchases!!!!

FrenchBlue said...

I must say you have an eye for sure! LOVE this little guy! A perfect first!
Have a fun weekend!!
XO

Kerry said...

That was a great story. I am (I am forced to admit) an ebay virgin! Maybe one day?? Love that monkey...I could be convinced! Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog this morning. I hope you know that you're one of my favourites too!

holly goes lightly said...

kudos to you for buying a fabulous piece and remembering it! my first purchase was in 2000 and obviously infinitely forgettable. I did just make my first craigslist purchase though -- a terrific painted vintage secretary with a Prince of Wales plume in the middle of the broken pediment at the top. I'm using it as a display piece right now and don't think I'll ever be able to part with it!

ShirazandFrenchBlue said...

LOve the beautiful Lady Monkey, I would have said no too! Memories,, I bought bellydance costumes on my first ebay purchase.

Tricia Rose said...

There shouldn't be copyright issues if the girls are vintage, so why don't you exchange good quality copies? then you'd both have the pair and the story, and the sisters would have each other.