My neighbour Liz, who I have met post-redundancy has introduced me to the joys of eBay! At her daughter’s birthday party practically everything was from eBay. Converse trainers for €5, Marks and Spencer’s Per Una tops for £6! It didn’t take someone as IT savvy as me to log on and create a profile.
I have lost a wee bit of weight lately, and thank god some of my clothes were vacuous, to say the least. So I started to take pictures to post on eBay. Well, there’s the thing, you want to have a clean background – no empty yoghurt pots, no crayons or rolls of sellotape. So I positioned my clothes on the back of a bedroom door on the landing – so they had plenty of light. I posted 5 outfits – all from major retailers, and all of which I had worn 3-4 times for special occasions, but never again.
Okay, so we watched with patience and anticipation ‘Watchers’ were looking at our products from all over the UK and the rest of Europe.
Finally three of them sold. I didn’t make a killing, but I made £25, which was enough to buy two essential items – a Darth Vader school bag and an iCarly school bag.
When I came to post them I discovered that a Doctor (male) from Vienna – Freudian? – had won my two piece top/skirt outfit. I wondered what a Viennese medical practitioner is doing wearing my clothes – too clichéd I know….but true!
My other Anne Harvey tops have gone to ‘Tumble’ in South Wales, and will no doubt be out on the pull, next weekend – good luck to them I say! They spent long, lonely years in my wardrobe – live it up in Swansea now!!
And my sons Bakugan have gone to the Ukraine a mother working in the UK, bid on them for her son, home in the Ukraine. My son is eight, so I assume her son is the same age, or slightly younger. I wonder will he think of his mum when he plays with his new game.
Ebay has provided me with a way to dispose of unwanted clothes and toys – but also me with an insight into our modern world. From the male Doctor in Vienna ordering women’s clothes from Dublin, to the woman in South Wales on the pull, to the son missing his mum in the Ukraine.
My husband suggested that I put some additional Bagukan ‘characters’ into the Ukraine bag, just for a wee surprise. So I did, and hopefully when a wee eight year old, opens his parcel, he will be delighted his mum sent him an extra present.
So eBay didn’t just help me buy two school bags for my kids – it showed me a snapshot of what is happened all over europe tonight. And that somehow warmed my heart.