101 Comments

  1. Jeanette
    January 20, 2015 @ 1:25 pm

    Maybe, just maybe it was Paul on the other end of the phone…wanting to surprise you for Valentine’s Day…but somehow I doubt it. Maybe it was a test… Perhaps the universal has other plans for you…hopefully involving even bigger, even fancier GFTs!

    Reply

  2. Pj
    January 20, 2015 @ 1:35 pm

    Once upon a time when I was obsessed with acquiring Royal Copenhagen’s Blue Lace dinnerware, I entered an online bid on a LIVE auction—before reading the fine print that I would be responsible for locating a shipping provider. I paid for the auction ($99 + 20% buyer’s premium) then learned that a professional shipper would charge as much as the winning bid just to pack & ship 2 dinner plates. After the auction house stored them in inventory for a few months, they resold them & issued a check for the winning bid – their fee. I was out a few dollars, but still came out OK. I tell you this because there’s always a chance that the phone bidder doesn’t follow through with contacting a shipper, or learns that the fee just for professional packing might be prohibitive–+ the cost of shipping, which might cause the buyer to reneige, even if he/she has already paid the auction house. If so, the urns might come up for sale again. You could always contact the auctioneer to ask the status of the urns, & if they haven’t been picked up by the buyer or an arranged shipper, to let you know if they will be reauctioned someday soon. Not to get your hopes up though, just so you won’t miss a 2nd chance should the winning bidder have second thoughts! (That being said, I have also arranged for professional packing & shipping of items I’ve won that were too far to pick up, through Uship.com.) If all else fails, fantasy always works—pretend the urns were actually too flawed for your purposes. 😀

    Reply

  3. Peazy Monellon
    January 20, 2015 @ 1:55 pm

    Perhaps you could cut your pain by half if you had one of them at least? I checked for you and found this:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Large-Antique-Cast-Iron-Garden-Urn-Planter-on-Pedestal-/321643028490?pt=Architectural_Garden&hash=item4ae36b200a

    I think it is very similar to the ones you lost. And there are two days left on the bidding. 🙂 There were others there as well. Turns out urns are very expensive! Like… taking-out-a-second-mortgage expensive. Good luck!

    Reply

    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 20, 2015 @ 2:21 pm

      ugh!! THAT guy… he’s had that urn on Craigslist for OVER A YEAR. I’ve emailed him multiple times with what (I think) were decent offers… and he doesn’t respond… Not even to counter offer!!! He is driving me MAD!

      I want to scribble out the link you left because it makes me nuts to think I am helping him!!!

      Reply

      • Peazy Monellon
        January 20, 2015 @ 4:51 pm

        I’m so sorry! I’ll have no problem if you delete my original comment. I sincerely just wanted to help. 🙁

        Reply

        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          January 20, 2015 @ 5:38 pm

          I’m so sorry I came off jerk-y to YOU! I unloaded my frustration with WANTING THAT URN. (And not being able to get him to JUST ANSWER ME.) Without considering that you had no idea he is my nemesis. I am sorry!!
          PLEASE FORGIVE ME???

          Reply

          • Peazy Monellon
            January 21, 2015 @ 12:59 am

            You didn’t! Come off jerky, I mean. I adore you. 🙂

            Reply

  4. Gynis
    January 20, 2015 @ 2:38 pm

    But another way of looking at it is…you saved yourself $1,200 so you can easily justify spending that amount on something else!

    Reply

  5. Nancy from RI
    January 20, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

    There is always another urn for cheaper someplace. I always wonder, because I’m a non-trusting sort of person, if the other bidder is someone from the auction house who is purposely outbidding you to jack up the price.

    Reply

  6. Deb
    January 20, 2015 @ 3:46 pm

    I hate it when people don’t get the cosmic memo!

    Reply

  7. Ann Marie
    January 20, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

    Believe me, you weren’t meant to have them. Regrets or “missing out” ( so I thought) turns into “glad I didn’t get them”. They’re probably not worth more than $350 each. You were lucky.

    That’s the reason I stay away from auctions. I get caught up in the competition where I have to win..
    More, much more out there…

    Reply

  8. Sharon
    January 20, 2015 @ 3:57 pm

    And that is why people sell things via auction – buyers get competitive and you can get way more than if you just put a price on it for the first person to say “ok I’ll pay that”

    Reply

  9. Kristin
    January 20, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

    Clearly these urns weren’t meant to be. Why? Because, someday, better ones will show up on Craigslist. Possibly in the “free” category. If I spot them, I will email you. I promise I won’t take them first. 🙂

    Reply

  10. Cynthia
    January 20, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

    You made the seller’s day!!

    Reply

  11. Nina
    January 20, 2015 @ 4:49 pm

    Precisely why I avoid auctions! I’m unable to walk away with grace. Loved the video…

    Reply

  12. Deb
    January 20, 2015 @ 5:06 pm

    Wow. I learned today I better stay the heck away from auctions. Because I identify with this very very much. Right down to the math equations in words not figures. And I don’t want to be the one to scurry backwards either. Are you an Aries? Because this sounds like Aries behavior!

    Reply

    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 20, 2015 @ 5:33 pm

      I am! I am! I may be EXTRA Aries.

      Reply

      • Deb
        January 20, 2015 @ 6:33 pm

        I KNEW it! 🙂 I’m an Aries too, that’s probably why I totally get this!

        Reply

        • Gail D.
          January 20, 2015 @ 7:41 pm

          So THAT’S

          Reply

  13. judy
    January 20, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    2 things-er- 3 things
    most important does everybody flock to your side at gatherings? Cause you are brilliantly witty! Next I have discovered that if I want something ,and I’m about to hit buy, I envision the most expensive thing I an wanting-right now 10 or 20 thousands dollars to fix our tiny yard that looks like a bad neighborhood in Calcutta, minus the dead dogs- and I insert that amount into getting the pricey thing sooner and my mad gimmie brain gerbil wanders off for a nap. Third and I’m going to shut up soon( in case you’ve nodded off) have you looked at the Merco web site? She is hilarious and does sales for Chicago Mansions that are being gutted or plowed under for bigger?huh? better Chicago Mansions. She has had Urns a number of times and some have been huge!

    Reply

  14. Sandi
    January 20, 2015 @ 5:14 pm

    I love your tenacity and love of life! My bff and I need to run with you. Lol
    Blessings~

    Reply

  15. teri
    January 20, 2015 @ 5:15 pm

    I feel for you but there are so many gorgeous repro fake iron urns being sold on Ali Baba, that a tiny dab of paint and distressing would make lovely. You just need to order a 20 foot container load and the price is like pennies ….

    Reply

  16. judy
    January 20, 2015 @ 5:25 pm

    http://www.murco.net/ I knew I was misspelling the web site

    Reply

  17. Linzy
    January 20, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

    The entire time I was thinking, “Oh god, Paul.” Poor, poor Paul.

    Reply

  18. Amy McConnell
    January 20, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

    HAAAHAHAHAH!…WHAAAAHAHAHA!…(breathe .. tears rolling)..
    cheeks still hurt as I type this. Totally relate!! Thank you for the great laugh.

    Reply

  19. Brian
    January 20, 2015 @ 7:34 pm

    Dear Victoria,
    I started going to auctions at the age of 6 with my parents. The first thing I learned is that you set a price in your mind and do not go over that no matter what happens. I have seen two bidders get into a bidding war and end up paying more for a used grill than it cost new because they were bidding against each other and determined to win.
    Sometimes it is best to walk away, there is always another day.
    Brian

    Reply

  20. Gail D.
    January 20, 2015 @ 7:42 pm

    So that’s why I relate to you so well, Victoria–two Aries crazies!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

/* AdThrive class addition */ /* End AdThrive class addition */