Persistence does pay off.

Hey, everyone!  Nothing major to report here from Biohazard Manor; the house is still standing (w00t w00t!) and we’ve been enjoying grilling out on that awesome flagstone patio.

Our new sectional from Ikea doesn’t hurt either.  If only it would cool down enough for us to sit out there more without dripping with sweat…

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Anyway…  just had to post because we are darn excited about a little treasure we just scored, due to tons of patience and a little bit of persistence.

We’ve had a heck of a time figuring out how to decorate our spare bedroom.  We kept the palette really neutral when we picked the carpet and wallpaper, which left the walls totally open to decorate however we wanted.  But nothing we’ve seen at auctions or online has really felt like it went in that room.  Then, one day on eBay, I stumbled across these beauties:

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I was in LOVE.  Gravel art!  I had never even thought of looking for gravel art before, but these were perfect!  Not only were they colorful and in amazing condition, but I just started taking Brazilian drumming classes so they’d be a fun reference to my new hobby.  AND, we have a ton of global art that could go in that room as well and tie everything in together!  Score!

Or, NOT score.  After a week of no bids, I bid on them an hour before the close of the auction and went to bed…  and woke up the next morning to discover that someone had snaked them out from under us for $1 more.  NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!  I was so bummed.  And became totally obsessed with gravel art.  Over the next several weeks, we kept doing gravel art searches on eBay and Etsy, and just couldn’t find anything even close to the coolness of those dancing drummers; so Jack and I settled back into acceptance that it was going to take 20 years to decorate this bedroom.

Then, surprise surprise, I got an eBay notification that the drummers were re-listed!  The sale had fallen through, so we had another shot.  YESSSSS!!!!  Same as before, I waited until the end of the auction and placed our bid and went to bed.  (Yes, I know we were playing with fire after the last time…  but when an auction ends late at night, I’ll choose sleep over staring at my screen any day.)  And we paid the price — once again, we lost the auction by $1.  Darnit.  But this time, I took a chance and contacted the seller in a private message: “I bid on your gravel art twice and lost both times…  if this new sale also falls through, I’m willing to buy it from you outright.”  I figured, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Well, it paid off!  Once again, the buyer didn’t pay for the gravel art (as an aside — WHY oh why do people bid on things and then not pay???), and weeks later I got a message from the seller that he’d list them for me as a “Buy It Now”.  I swooped onto eBay and paid for those suckers in a heartbeat.   🙂

And aren’t they purrrrrrrrty???

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I can’t get over the detail in these things…  so beautiful!  The gravel, the string, jewels, and those metal feathers!  AND, as a bonus, the wooden side frame panels match the wood tone of the bedroom furniture.  I’m so in love.

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So it just goes to show: persistence pays off!  (And stay up until the end of a darn auction if you really want an item.  :P)  Once we have the rest of the room done (hopefully the rest of it won’t take as long!), there’ll be lots of photos of how these guys fit into the overall room.  Yay!

4 thoughts on “Persistence does pay off.

  1. Love them! eBay is so frustrating these days! With no threat of a negative, buyer feel like they can bid and not pay– there are no consequences so why not! Very annoying. Glad you were able to get them in the end.

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  2. Nicole says:

    Often times when the bid is just a dollar more, it’s actually someone associated with the seller trying to get you to bid more. A person I knew who sold on eBay a lot would use a different computer under a different sign-in and boost the bid. So uncool but that’s the game, I guess. 😦

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