Category Archives: eBay buys

Cheap and cheerful wall art.

I’m always lusting after wall art, and my walls are proof enough that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a look that’s completely unique.

Most of my pictures are the result of impromptu trips to charity shops and car boot sales, and I dream of one day having elegantly high-ceilinged rooms where I can cluster a load of them together on my walls in beautiful mis-matched harmony.

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Look what I found!

After squealing with excitement last month having found a serving plate to match two other plates that I’ve had for years, I’ve only gone and found a set of 6 matching dessert bowls too!!

Building a collection of something you love is an unpredictable sport. You never know when you’ll find a new treasure to add to your hoard, and thank God you don’t!

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Just a plate.

It’s been a week of early starts and late finishes. No evenings curled up on the sofa, but several sat at a boardroom table working to Cupertino time. iPhone 4S has landed.

In my professional life, this excites me. A lot. The media works itself into an utter frenzy when a new Apple device is mooted, and I can assure you, it’s no different for those of us working in the industry – no-one is immune.

Smartphones dominate my working life. Technology. Innovation. Modern, cutting-edge design. But the irony that in the rest of my life I prefer things a bit, well, dustier, is certainly not lost on me.

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Red wine, stilton, boredom and eBay.

It was last Christmas that I made one of the most stressful eBay purchases of my life.  How on earth can an eBay purchase be stressful? Well let me take a moment to explain…

December. The 29th to be precise.  That languid period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve when we drift round in a red wine and stilton haze, and no-one really knows what day of the week it is.

I was bored, probably. And sat with my iPad, I strayed in the direction of eBay.

Now, one thing you should know about me is that I’ve got a bit of a wannabe chair habit. It’s a wannabe habit because there’s no way I could stash away all the chairs I’ve ever come across that I wanted to buy, so I actually own very few.

A set of six pretty plates can sit quietly at the back of a cupboard, but a set of six chairs? Well, they require a substantially bigger cupboard – or at least a dining room, neither of which I really have in my one and a half bedroom, half a kitchen flat (sad face).

Anyway, if nothing else, what that Christmas taught me is that red wine, stilton, boredom and eBay collectively do nothing to make any of that logic stick.

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