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  1. Tattycoram
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:07 am

    I hate that buyer’s fee with a passion; it has ruined many a fine dream.

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  2. Jill Flory
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:07 am

    I love your stories! And take comfort in this – at least you made the guy on the phone pay over 1,000 for a set of urns that undoubtedly weren’t worth more than 600 🙂 heehee!

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  3. jennifer
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:10 am

    Sometimes we lose. I could tell you many a tale about the “one that got away.”
    They are VERY nice urns but I am sure that you will find YOUR urns for much less money and with more adventure attached to them. Then they really will be YOUR urns. Do not despair. Something better is around the corner. Happy hunting!

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  4. Ruth Kilchenman
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    I could have written this just a few months ago. We are the same person. You are a tad funnier and immensely entertaining

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  5. Sunnie Mitchell
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    Those are gorgeous, and those should have been yours. FTR, I live in NE Scotland where things like this are why I’m no longer ‘encouraged’ (read permitted even though he swears he’s not that kind of husband) to attend auctions anywhere in the UK. If he could, he’d block my access to eBayUK, too:)

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  6. Ter'e Crow Lindsay
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    I laughed so hard while reading this post. It was simply terrific. Yes, you totally mis-placed your brain that day.

    We all have been there.
    LOVED the post. Still giggling.

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  7. Lynne from Design The Life You Want To Live
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    Cue the music. Eye of the tiger. hahahahahaha.

    Thanks for making me roll on the floor laughing this morning. You crack me up.

    Love ya girly!
    Lynne xx

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  8. Kate Sparks
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    OMG…. you always brighten my day!

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  9. Rhonda
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    Truly those are gorgeous urns, and I sure wish you could have won the bid! Your storytelling is so comical and hilarious, it makes you losing the bid worth it! (For your readers only! 😉 )

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  10. tammigirl
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    I am sorry you are so destitute. I welcome you to come to the Sharing Center at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in the center Friday night. I’ll be volunteering and finally get to meet you! Also, we are making stew and chili for a dinner upstairs. At least you’ll get one good hot meal. 🙂

    Hahahahahahaha hahahahaha hahahahahahahahahahahahah*deep breath* hahahahahahaha!

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  11. cath t
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    Losing builds character. You’ll be a better shopper next time.

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  12. Tina
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:22 am

    I’ve met your mother. You can’t possibly have any childhood issues.

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  13. Gaylin
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    I adore you! Those urns were suppose to be yours!
    Grrrr the rich!
    Post more often ….because you make my day better!

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  14. Ashley
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    Love the urns – and it is justice that the phone bidder had to pay up. So sorry you didn’t get them, but maybe that means another fantastic buy is around the corner. Now you will have the funds for it:) Love your blog!

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  15. Maggie
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:27 am

    A very wise woman, at an auction of antique French faience, once shared this insight with me….there’ll always be another one.
    Great story, I’ll be back for more.

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  16. Ann
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:28 am

    They are so beautiful! I’m sorry they ride off into the sunset with someone else. I like to think that your urns are still out there just waiting for you to discover them and snap them up at a better price!

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  17. Kelly
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    There are bigger, better, fancier urns out there waiting for you. Perhaps gilded. Your destiny, actually, …….awaits.

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  18. Jenny
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:35 am

    Oh, honey. No platitudes from me, but maybe this will comfort you a little: The Unknown Phone Bidder has to pay almost $1200 for those urns, AND (probably) SHIPPING. Which won’t be cheap. AND then the urns will have to be restored. Really, perhaps the cosmos was using you to teach UPB a little lesson in the dangers of not shopping in person. Because destiny CAN be muted over the phone, and if UPB had been there in person, UPB would have understood those were yours LONG before the $$ passed your first limit.

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  19. Janice
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    Still wiping ‘laughing my head off tears’

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  20. Sue
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    I’ve never been to an auction so this was my training class. Urntastic!

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  21. Tricia
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    Not even a mention of how you’d URNed those through all your hard work???
    😛

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  22. Debbie
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    Opportunity lost or the cosmos telling you it has other plans? A dear friend was desolate when she lost out on a wrought iron / wooden bench (curb donation that as she did a legal u-turn someone else veered across traffic and snagged said bench) that she felt was destined for that perfect spot under a rose arbor but now without that bench her gorgeous garden was just blah. But then Fate showed up during a wind storm, knocked over a Serbian pine tree that demolished the arbor, the rose bushes and would have crushed the bench to smithereens. YOUR urns will appear someday when its time.

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  23. maureen
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    You posts NEVER fail to make me laugh….If you are ever near Orient, NY….send an email…I have a feeling we could get into wonderful trouble together…:)

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  24. Amy Heavilin
    January 20, 2015 @ 10:59 am

    The question is, what shade of sparkly would you have finished them in? Gold leaf? Or straight up glitter? Either way is a win!

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  25. Heather
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:02 am

    And such is the reason why I no longer allow myself to go to auctions: Heartbreak + Mad Potential For Overspending.

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  26. Brenda Schweder
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    They ARE the best urns ever. AND THEY ARE YELLOW!, the best color ever!
    oxox!
    -b.
    PS I am NOT the caller who won your urns!
    PPS Thanks for your words and your “funny” and your “you!”

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  27. Garden, Home and Party
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:21 am

    Oh, man. That is such a bummer, but I do believe, knowing you as I do, that you will find bigger and better urns for a fraction of the cost sometime in the not too distant future. Was Paul sitting next to you? Lyn would have had a heart attack if I had done that. Best to leave the guys home when out on a limb in the auction world. I used to get a rush with eBay purchases and was often out bid at the last minute by 25 cents!

    Great story, pretty urns, but I know you’ll find better!
    xo,
    Karen

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    • Yvonne Angus
      January 21, 2015 @ 1:47 pm

      Almost certain Paul was not there! He would have reigned our dear VEB in around $200! No, the auction devil sinks his spiked fork into our brains when we are on our own, with no Savior to blast that evil minion into a vanishing puff of smoke!

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  28. Kay
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:25 am

    Put this into perspective – you saved $1,200. You can put that $1,200 + another $600, or so, toward the next pair of urns you fall in love with and blow all other bidders out of the water!!!

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  29. Laurie
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:37 am

    Surely the universe has fancier urns waiting for you? That can be the only answer.

    I’ll bet Paul needed a little lie down after hearing about this.

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  30. Jacqui
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:38 am

    Oh my goodness, I freaking love you. LOL

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  31. Cathy Marshall
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    The two urns don’t even match! — girlfriend…GET OVER IT! (Cue slap on the forehead ala Cher in Moonstruck!)

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  32. Connie in Hartwood
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    This story reminded me of an auction years ago where I was someone’s Unknown Assailant, as I was bidding on and intent on winning the painting that hangs over the mantel in our family room. Both of us were in the auction room, and I was unknown only because I was in the back of the room and the other bidder was in the front row and couldn’t see me. The painting was MINE, and I didn’t care how much I had to spend to get it. Fortunately for our finances, the other bidder saw the error of her ways and dropped out before the price reached the level of a mortgage payment … and I have never ONCE regretted the purchase. If you were bidding and were having doubts, it wasn’t the right set of urns and the little voice in your gut was telling you so.

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  33. Ethel Sawpenny
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    This is EXACTLY what happens to me at auctions. It’s like Crack cocaine, going to auctions. I believe I warned you about auction fever last year when you posted about how you had “progressed” from Craigslist to auctions.:) Auctions are the most fun I’ve ever had and the most addictive thing I’ve ever done. This is why I now own an antique bed frame, but the matching marble-topped bedside tables are owned by some other undeserving soul. The injustice of it! I feel your pain. You will NEVER forget those urns.

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  34. Ann
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    This reads somewhat similar to all my auction experiences, so every time I go to a sale, I always preface to my husband that “everyone has WAY deeper pockets than I do.” I also get into the situation of letting some advance items go for less money, in the hopes of reserving my budget for the one thing I really want, only to have that snatched away by the richer and more powerful phoners, that have a man with truck to pick it up and deliver it at their will, and finally settling for something at the end of the sale, that I use my budget to buy, so I can feel that sitting there for six hours was not a total waste of my time. I have also felt the burn of way overbidding, and getting to a number so high that I hope I am not the winner. Be glad you did not feel the remorse of spending all of your auction budget for the next six months. My theory is “there will always be more stuff.” 🙂

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  35. Ethel Sawpenny
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    Awesome giant fancy scrolly matching urns are not that easy to find. This will now be your lifelong quest.

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  36. Katie
    January 20, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    This is the entire reason I cannot go to auctions anymore. I can’t handle losing that item that cosmically should belong to me. It’s devastating!

    And the devastated need to stop at Dairy Queen for a consolation blizzard. Sometimes it helps. Sometimes, it just tastes like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Failure.

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    • Laurie
      January 20, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

      “Sprinkles are for winners”

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      • Yvonne Angus
        January 21, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

        Laurie, “Sprinkles are for winners”….. Lol! Flo would be so proud of you!

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  37. Lorrie
    January 20, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    Having lost out on the urns, I would have consoled myself by bidding on and winning the campaign daybed!

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    • Eliza
      January 23, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

      YES! The campaign bed was what drew my eye. It’s wonderful.

      I have my own Urn Tale. I once bid on a gorgeous corner cabinet that was MINE. Except it wasn’t, and I drove up the bidding so far over any conceivable budget that my DH would probably have had me committed on the spot. I lost the bidding, thankfully. It was a lovely piece, but I would have spent the rest of my life thinking about the cost every time I saw it. In the end, it wasn’t Destiny, it was Deliverance:)

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  38. Catherine W.
    January 20, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    I just had to share this post on my Facebook page today! So hilarious and utterly palpable description of the experience I have on Ebay for the last minute of every auction I enter.

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  39. Lydia
    January 20, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    Damn that anonymous phone bidder! Well look at it this way, you have money for something else. Maybe another fabulous mirror. Although you may be like me and are running out of places to put them.

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  40. Pamz H.
    January 20, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    The infamous “phone bidders”! It scares me every time I know there’s one of those people on the phone. I’m not good at bidding, at an auction here in Honolulu, Hawaii I told my better half during a bidding war “just bid $5K and get it over with” he gave me an immediate education– that he’s there to SAVE money and not give it away. I bet he wanted me to sleep in that morning huh? lol Love your blogs!

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