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Ebay Sunday

It’s pretty low key here at Clones Towers today (yes, this is now the portmanteau for our home Ben), following the highs of yesterday’s race and the Lambeth Country Show in the afternoon. Ben is nursing a Country Show cider hangover (the worst kind). I am nursing a pulled muscle in my inner thigh – funnily enough sustained not during the run, but jay-walking in a hurry to get to the race on time. Crime doesn’t pay kids.

So as it’s a quiet day, I thought I’d try out an idea I have for a little featurette, in the style of Wordless Wednesdays or Tijuana Tuesdays. Actually I just made up Tijuana Tuesdays, but I feel like it should be a thing – answers in the comments as to what it should involve: margaritas and fajitas? Tequila and tacos? Get shit-faced, take a bunch of pictures and then post them for Wordless Wednesdays?

See, I’m a sucker for those blogs where folks post pics of their awesome outfits they made/ altered/ upcycled/ thrifted/ pulled out of a rubbish bin and doused in Febreze.

Only trouble is my sewing skills are limited to patching holes in Ben’s pockets, and I’ve come to realise that the best stuff in charity shops is size 6-10 (i.e. the gorgeous clothes people got too fat for).

But I do rule the web when it comes to ebay purchases. So now you’re getting Ebay Sundays: a showcase of some of my favourite ebay purchases.

I hinted the other day at a bit of an ebay problem. I was joking, but then this happened:

The first step is… seeing your problem laid out on the floor

I did a little adding up, and realised I’d spent £80 in 8 days, which is… not good. Somebody pointed out that I’d got about 10 items for that money, and on the high street I’d be lucky to walk away with three.

The magical thing about ebay is also the dangerous thing: anything you can think of, you can probably find it. Saw a girl wearing an amazing tie dye dress and now you want one? Ebay can help. Got a favourite top that’s seen better days and are hoping you can find it again? Someone on ebay is selling it, and they take better care of their clothes than you do.

There are so many elements of ebay that are addictive: the auction format, the low prices, the ‘challenge’ of finding something amazing, the joy of receiving parcels in the post (as one friend said, it’s like having a birthday every week). And there’s also this element of web 2.0, where increasingly people want to interact with websites, and have something to show for it. What’s more interactive than press button, get skirt?

In truth, I freaked out when I realised I’d spent my food budget for the week on ebay, and asked someone to change my ebay password for me so I can go cold turkey. That’s a pretty weird way to introduce a new feature on ebay right? I guess my thinking is that this is a way to enjoy and showcase my favourite purchases.

So without further ado, one of my greatest ever ebay finds: my £20 wedding dress:

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12 steps

“Listen, Ben, there’s something I have to explain”

“…OK”

“I bought some jeans on ebay a couple of weeks ago, and a top, but the seller was on holiday. And then I bought some more things this week. So… when two pairs of jeans, three hoodies, two t-shirts, a pair of shoes a new dress arrive, I just want you to understand that I didn’t buy them all in one go”

I think I may have a bit of a problem with ebay. But it’s cool you know, I can handle it. I can stop any time.