Monday, April 22, 2013

Antiquing on eBay


I don't know what made me think of it, but I looked around and realized that a fair portion of my decor was found on eBay. 

The top five antique prints were from eBay
Almost every room in my house has something from eBay. I was an eBay junkie 15 years ago. I was amazed at how much people would spend to buy collectibles that I had had packed up for years. In turn, I began snapping up interesting Asian antique textiles.
It has been my go to choice for specific antiques ever since.
A few years ago I finally figured out that I could narrow my results by mileage from a zip code. That helped me with my first eBay furniture purchase, the end tables and coffee table in my living room.


I get so excited when I get a real bargain too. This Brunschwig "Le Lac" fabric was an eBay score along with the Brunschwig " Les plaisirs des Indochines" that is on my dining room chairs.
 
 
Buying furniture on eBay is not for the faint of heart. I recently bought my desk on eBay and picked it up locally which dodges some of the problems with buying online.
My desk a local eBay purchase

These chairs were an eBay nightmare. They were a little unusual and that is why I liked them but they were upholstered in a red fabric with huge dragonflies. The idea was to have them reupholstered but thanks to Greyhound shipping literally throwing the chairs, I had a bigger problem on my hands.


Luckily, I had just found a furniture repairer that was excellent. I have not had the nerve to try it again.

I have had better luck with antique lighting


and rugs
 
 
With the exception of one overseas,unscrupulous art dealer, I have had great luck with buying art on eBay too.

 
Over the years, eBay has become a safer place to buy but you still need to do your checking into seller ratings and trust your gut.
Do you eBay?

4 comments:

Vel Criste said...

A lot Kerry! Haven't bought any furniture yet, just little things and of course, I bought those bubble necklaces from China there too! :-) Love your desk the most. :-)

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I do buy on Ebay. In fact, I just bought another Turkish rug, a pulley, and a Kantha quilt. The quilt has not arrived yet, so no word on that one. The others are great. I love that rug that you bought. I don't think I would do furniture because of the exact experience you had with those chairs.

Kimberly Lemmon said...

I've had great luck buying things on ebay. When we were restoring historic homes a few years back, I bought almost all of my antique lighting on ebay. Also got a pretty oriental rug, antique tile and some wonderful fabric deals!

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