The Crazy Suburban Mom: 80 year old Aunties and patent leather

Thursday, March 18, 2010

80 year old Aunties and patent leather

A few years ago an Aunt of mine asked me to eBay a few things for her.  I don't know if you've done that for people but it's not easy. Auctions are unemotional things and don't always go the way a person expects and when the Aunt that you love says, "Do I really have to sell it for that?" And she's talking about something she's had for decades it's difficult to say, "I'm sorry, you do."

Most auctions went well and I made money for her.  The  dolls made her hundreds and went to someone who loved dolls besides.  I sent her a copy of the email from the woman who said she couldn't wait to get "her new dollies and get to washing their hair!" That made my Aunt feel very good. 

The vintage purses were another story. I sold them as a lot because even though they came from the 1950's and early 60's and very well cared for they sell for surprisingly little.  Despite being in better shape than most of mine after a year.  I knew she was going to have issues with the prices of the  purses and I was just hoping a speech about 'somethings doing well will make up for those that don't' would ease the sting.

It was a big sting.  I hope she's forgotten by now and she doesn't even know the half of it because after the buyer got them she wrote to complain about the condition of one of them.  I really could never reconcile that because I post huge pictures I have 100% feedback and I under assess condition; that is I make it sound worse than it is... And it wasn't even condition as much as a smudge someplace as I recall.

But I did what I do in circumstances like that; I made the buyer happy and called it a day.  I gave her half the money back she'd paid for about five beautiful vintage purses.  Never told my Aunt. And never had her give me the money back ... I just ate the amount that I'd already given her.

A few months later I found a purse I hadn't listed.  It was in great shape.  She'd even kept the original tissue paper in it all these years but it's not perfect and thought of listing it brought that aggravation back so it sat around for years until I decided what to do with it...


I'm going to do something I've never done before....


I'm going to have a 'Vintage Thingies Thursday Thanks! for all your visits and I've so much enjoyed seeing everyone's Thingies' Giveaway .

And wow! That sounds weird.
But you know what I mean about seeing y'alls thingies, right?

I'm only going to run it today, Thursday March 18th - Which by the way is my Birthday - Midnight eastern time.  And since it's a bit bulky I'll do US and Canada but I can't ship it all over.

Leave me a Vintage Thingies Thursday Comment and let me know you want in for the purse and please - leave me your email!  Can't find ya back without it sometimes!   I'll pick someone else if I can't find ya and that would be sad and there would be boo-hooing on both sides...  So emails please!


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thasnifty 3/18/10, 7:33 AM  

oh the purse is fabulous and shiny and so ladylike. I'd love it, but I won't lie, I would never ever wear it, because I'm not a tre chic sorta gal. I love my pockets. I would hang it on the wall and enjoy it's prettiness and remember a generation where a lady was not complete with her hat, gloves and pocketbook. :) Happy VTT!

-brightest blessings-

noelle91176 at gmail dot com

April 3/18/10, 7:52 AM  

i can relate to ebay aggravation! the purse is great--where was it when i was purse shopping in the fall? thanks for sharing it on VTT!

heidi 3/18/10, 8:38 AM  

It's beautiful! I'd love it hanging in my hot little hand!

& hey lady, happy birthday! here's to you!

J Sedai 3/18/10, 9:25 AM  

WOW, lucky! a whole box of those gems and you sold them! how did you ever tear them from your paws?!! and what an ungrateful wretch did you sell them to? I alas live outside the US (but my shipping address is still sorta US and defiantly the same postage).
also, HAPPY TRACY DAY!!! I hope you had a great day! (Thursday is WONDERFUL, and since I live in the future I can let you in on it) LOL

J Sedai 3/18/10, 9:26 AM  

ooo forgot my email GASP!!

Pink Roses and Teacups 3/18/10, 9:43 AM  

This is a pretty purse. I too, buy and sell on e-bay. There is someone out there who would love it. I have one something like this, and it opened from the top.
I put a glass inside it, and had daffodils in there for Spring. Made for a nice conversation piece.
Hope it goes to a good home. :)


CollectIn Texas Gal 3/18/10, 9:54 AM  

Vintage purses/bags are kinda like baskets...multipurpose holders. This one would look great with a collection of Vintage Hankies and gloves sitting on a dressing table with a string of pearls draped around. You picked the right group to share it with....someone will love to have it to add to their collection. Thanks for visiting my BasketCase Post! I left EBay for ETSY...less stressful!

CollectIn Texas Gal 3/18/10, 9:54 AM  

Vintage purses/bags are kinda like baskets...multipurpose holders. This one would look great with a collection of Vintage Hankies and gloves sitting on a dressing table with a string of pearls draped around. You picked the right group to share it with....someone will love to have it to add to their collection. Thanks for visiting my BasketCase Post! I left EBay for ETSY...less stressful!

Postcardy 3/18/10, 10:21 AM  

It looks like a nice purse, but I don't want it.

P. 3/18/10, 10:29 AM  

That's a beautiful purse, and I'd be honored to give it a new home! Too bad about the eBay experience. You went above and beyond, IMO. My email is in my blogger ID. Have a great day - Happy Birthday!!

2trees 3/18/10, 10:46 AM  

I don't need the purse but it is nice. Happy Birthday!!! Terry

Vonlipi 3/18/10, 11:49 AM  

Happy B-Day girlfriend! May you have a wonderful and sunny day!

(don't enter me in the purse giveaway)

V. xo

Babes Mami 3/18/10, 11:59 AM  


I love it! I'd love to have it! That's too bad about ebay. Some people are just that way!

Elizabeth 3/18/10, 12:28 PM  

Great story about selling treasures for others. Nice purse, but I don't need another, thanks for the offer!

CC 3/18/10, 12:53 PM  

It's a beautiful purse...I loved your story,but that ungrateful nasty woman,would have made me most unhappy.My email is:
cat_white_cloud (at) yahoo (dot) com
Happt VTT..have a great weekend.

Maureen 3/18/10, 2:09 PM  

Ahhh ebay buyers.... Most are great but those few #!&(*&@&*#. I've sold for someone else and the thing that they sometimes fail to realize is that something is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it. Period.

No purse for me thanks. But that clock....

Anonymous,  3/18/10, 3:31 PM  

I would love to be in for that vintage purse :)

@eloh 3/18/10, 4:18 PM  

It is a beautiful purse. I fear I would only do as your Aunt did and look at it with the occational loving lick/kiss here and there. Sadly, stored leather does not fare well in the Deep South. I do love it and will be very happy for the winner.

So, this is not an entry comment but a blog love comment.

Coloradolady 3/18/10, 7:04 PM  

Beautiful purse...and of course I want to be included in a chance. I feel your Aunt's pain on just never know! Have a great VTT and thanks so much for this wonderful chance....and by the way...Happy Birthday!!! Mine is Sunday.....I say, at least I got to see another!! Happy VTT!

Coloradolady 3/18/10, 7:04 PM  

and I don't follow instructions well...*sigh*



Charlotte 3/18/10, 7:44 PM  

Lovely story and beautiful purse. Count me in!

Debbie 3/18/10, 8:18 PM  

I LOVE that purse. I can so see me carrying that. I am not into the huge things that are popular today.
And I have had people ask me to help them sell on Ebay. I haven't done it because I know there are such risks! You were a good girl to help:)

fortheloveofthrift 3/18/10, 8:35 PM  

Happy birthday!

There is only one way to make your Auntie happy. Give me the gorgeous vintage purse and I will give it a happy home where it will live amongst my vintage handbags. I will wear it with a pencil black skirt and a pair of patent red heels, and I will blog about it. You can tell your auntie that her possession is treasured and is living a new NYC life! cparsonsperez (at) googlemail (dot) com

Teresa~ Gardening with Soule 3/18/10, 9:41 PM  

So nice of you to do. I can surely relate to the ebay stuff. You just cant please some people. I also get the Aunt thing too. I did something similar for a freind of my moms and it was hard to let her know her stuff wasn't worth what she had hoped. Oh well. Happy Birthday!

Anonymous,  3/18/10, 10:31 PM  

Happy Birthday!!! (and no I don't want to be included in the give away)

Tara Beaulieu 3/18/10, 10:37 PM  

Happy Birthday, Tracy! :) Don't count me in the giveaway.

Stacey 3/18/10, 11:29 PM  

What a great purse- But I already have way too many. But it's a fabulous idea to do it as a give-away. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

Jessica Hills 3/18/10, 11:54 PM  

That purse is awesome. Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

Debbie 3/19/10, 3:19 AM  

Some of those old purses are so pretty, it's sad they don't sell for much. I have a few that I have collected intending to hang them on display one of these days. Happy VTT and happy birthday!

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