5 NOVEMBER 2008
I keep thinking about a coat that I didn’t win on eBay.
It was second-hand; it wouldn’t have kept me warm, it needed repairs and would likely not have fit me but I still tried to snipe it for £100 even though I need a new mobile and a new camera, not an old coat.
Do you ever see something and think “that is so me – they made it for me”?
As soon as I saw it I knew that I had to have it.
It was described as a 1920s/1930s embroidered coat.
Measurements were given of arms and across the back but I really had no clue what size it was.
Although I’ve lost just over 60 lbs this year, I still have more weight to lose; I’m 5’2″ and didn’t even know if the coat would fit.
But I still wanted it, especially when I saw the close-up photos.
Flowers on black, pinks and blues, embroidery and detail. Heaven!
Also, rose, fuchsias and then I noticed the butterflies!
But there was some damage to the lining.
I also realised that, if it did fit me, I could only ever black with it (or pink or blue). Anything else would look crazy. I decided I could live with this limitation.
The starting price was £80 (about $128). It was a high start price – the seller only sold antiques and had 100% feedback. I figured that they must know the coat’s value.
I set up a snipe for just over £100. I couldn’t really afford this luxury – I really do need a new mobile phone and a new camera – but I wasn’t sure I’d get another chance to own anything like it.
I imagined what the expert would say if this coat appeared on Antiques Roadshow. I couldn’t imagine them valuing it for £100.
Every day, I looked at the listing in my snipe window and mentally gnashed my knuckles. Could I really justify the expense?
I wasn’t at my computer to see the auction end and my automatic bid placed.
The auction got 9 bids by 4 bidders and sold for £139.37. It was more than I would have been willing to pay. I’m glad I didn’t bid more but am sorry that I didn’t get the coat.
Now I just think about it, holding it and reveling in its detailed glory. And back to searching for phones and cameras…