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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Show and Tell - "Best Five Bucks I've Ever Spent!"

I've bought LOTS of things on e-bay.

It was an on-again / off-again obsession for me.
I would visit a friends house and comment on how lovely her candle display looked. And - BAM... within 24 hours I had perused the wide array of candles, holders, and display accessories and purchased an obsene amount on that addicting auction / internet yard sale site.

"Do you think an iron scroll theme will work in the kitchen when it is done?" my husband asked me on a lazy Sunday morning. Done. Even though I was still staring at demoed walls with plaster all over my floor and a basin substuiting as a sink, these were on there way to our house.

They lived in the closet for a year and a half.

Sometimes it was batch clothing I needed, a summer set for the baby or a winter wardrobe for Bear.
Occasionally, I was desperate for a hard to find item that stores didn't carry (like that oil carrafe I broke at work and got gauged on the price from some guy in Cananda - but I HAD to replace it!).

But then there were those few, rare purchases that I still look at and smile. With pride, instead of sheepish admittance, I report, "Yes. I got that on ebay for only X dollars!"

This week, for Show and Tell, I share the best five dollars I ever spent on ebay! (I didn't get the whole kit for $5 - now THAT would be a good deal - but this was the best pic I could find!)
Are you laughing? Stop laughing. Come on - just hear me out, ok?

I've always hated to exercise but I LOVE to dance. So two years ago I ordered Turbo Jam and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.

Yeah - it was hard in the beginning. They zigged when I zagged. They hooked when I jabbed. But, I stuck with it and now I know the routine by heart. And (here is the wierd part) I look forward to doing it! The slight definition in my abs I noticed this morning doesn't hurt my desire to work out either.
According to my weight loss ticker on my other blog I have 16 pounds left to lose before I hit my goal weight. (If you click over and scroll to the bottom you can see the GOAL DRESS too!)

So, chuckle if you must, but I say with a big smile on my face, pride in my voice, and a shrinking waistline - My $5 turbo-jam dvd is the best ebay purchase I ever made.



The Steadfast Warrior said...

I've been tempted by eBay but haven't yet tried it. My favourite online shopping haunt is Etsy. You can lose yourself for hours there...

Kristine said...

I'm an on-again off-again ebay addict as well. My downfall is needlepoint canvases. I have more Noah's ark needlepoint canvases than I'll ever be able to complete I'm afraid. Especially since I haven't picked up a needle since I had the baby and got tendonitis in my wrists. Some day though, I will get back to it!

Cassandra said...

I got a great set of handmade cases for my knitting needles -- separate cases for straight and circular needles. My knitting phase coincided with my eBay phase, but both have given way to other pursuits.

WiseGuy said...

I am totally off e-bay.

I really loved the metal thing you have going on especially the rod where you hung the family photographs right above the keyholder.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

Go you with the weight loss!

Amy said...

Have to admit, yes, I laughed at your purchase. Only because it's something I would purchase and never use!

Hope you get to that goal soon! Looks like an awesome dress!

Photogrl said...

I love the iron scroll items. Especially the spice racks.

Michelle said...

Good For you! I have never bought anything on ebay. I always want to but I never have.

Barbara said...

My best ebay purchase was the little baby shoe charm I bought as a memento for my Pandora bracelet. It wasn't £5 but it was a lot cheaper than my local jewellers!

I love ebay and etsy but have to reign myself in...

Sam said...

that scroll theme works really really well!!

I have never been that much into ebay myself as I prefer to handle the stuff before I buy it!

Martha said...

Beautiful stuff and good for you for Turbo Jamming! Great Show and Tell!

Lori said...

So cool you got such a deal!

And I think that scrolls are such a great design for a writer.

Next week, show a video of you dancing, girlfriend.

Eskimo_Kisses_4_U said...

Congratulations on your scores! I love eBay. I've been looking for a good Turbo Jam set for a while, but stopped about 2 months ago. I'm so jealous at your good deal. :)

Queenie. . . said...

I can't believe all these people who have never used eBay! I LOVE it. I've bought a million different things on it. Often, I'll find something I like in a catalogue, and then buy it on eBay for a fraction of the price. Works like a charm.

Another Dreamer said...

Congrats on the weight loss. I'm glad you found a workout you can stick to. I need something like that.

I don't know about the best 5 bucks I ever spent... and I can't remember half of my ebay purchases, lol. Mostly I use ebay to feed my anime addiction.

MrsSpock said...

My husband saw me reading this post and said, "No more Ebay this month!". Sigh.

I purchased an entire maternity wardrobe, including 27 pants, 5 skirts, a pair of overalls, and maybe 40 tops, for a total of $150.

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