In Honour of the Mad March Hare We Start with eBay’s Mad Items of the Month.
Last month readers I kitted out the good ladies in some spiffing new eBay togs. It would be stupid to waste said kwolity togs, so let’s go out tonight à la eBay! What is the first thing you need when going out on eBay town? Yup, plenty of money. Now, I have told you all of the many calls on my money recently. I am having to make it stretch for ever. Luckily eBay, as ever, provides the perfect solution. What you need is some stretchy money. Seller smuttygifts has stretchy €50 notes. Handy when your 30 thirsty friends are looking for a drink and it is your round. Only £1.99.
At some point on your big night out ladies you are going to say to yourselves “What am I doing shacked up with this loser who is only interested in pottery?” Then…. there he is, across the crowded room – that magical moment is suddenly upon you! Be still your beating hearts. Is he the new man for you? Can trusty eBay help? It sure can. You need a set of male rating cards, another £1.99 gem from smuttygifts. There are ten cards in the pack printed with numbers and slogans thusly…..1. Complete Minger 2. Dream On! 3. I’m drunk – not blind! 4. I’ve had worse! 5. Wouldn’t say no! 6. Tasty! 7. Cute Ass! 8. Total Hunk! 9. Well fit! 10. Hit the jackpot!
And if you decide he is indeed Mr Right, you obviously need to inform him of this fact mucho pronto. This item is…. how to put it in words….. errrrr, direct! smuttygifts has come to your rescue again ladies for only £3.99. This item needs no further words from me.
Right, on with the blog…..
Blog reader tyler*95 from the good ol’ US of A binned a lovely 8” globular vase in JAZZ STITCH 3655. The vase sold for £661.88 – what a bargain! Your truly is lusting again readers, I am afraid.
tann10 auctioned a FAIRY 3576 ginger jar minus its lid, but despite attracting 13 bids up to £869.00 it didn’t reach its reserve price. Reserve price too high then, wasn’t it?
glad-findings found this lidded jar in Floral Comets 3422 and sold it after 12 bids for £111.09. Unfortunately it has suffered a bit of oopsy daisy dropsy. Regrettably it didn’t bounce. Even so, it is a rare colourway and will restore beautifully I am sure.
By way of contrast I should include small pieces (especially as Mrs Masterspy likes small pieces), so what about this little trefoil conical dish in GARDEN GATE 3863 sold by well known Aussie seller pixie5144 for £45.48? I like this pattern because it is almost cartoon like in style and yet somehow is also enigmatic. What mysterious story lies beyond the gate, readers?
I don’t often feature Carlton China in my blogs. Don’t know why. I like it well enough. A very nice 4 person coffee set was eBayed by mackems1 this month in Berry Cluster 4821 with its powder blue ground and gilt interiors. 13 eBayers must have agreed with me because they all made bids on it. A price of £155.00 was eventually paid by the winner. Was it you, reader? Is it as nice in the hand as it is on the screen? Let us know?
Another part of CW’s vast range that I probably don’t pay enough attention to is HANDCRAFT. Again, I don’t know why not. I really like some HANDCRAFT patterns. One which really struck me as a lovely piece was an unusually shaped 11” vase in Flowering Papyrus 3242. This came to eBay via maisy-patcheye and only made £44.99 due to a hairline crack and some crazing. Stick it on the top shelf buyer and turn the crack to the back! It will look seriously striking.
While on the subject of handcraft pieces a real CW tour de force came up this month. This was a chamber stick in Zig Zag 3356. The winner is probably quite smug to have had to battle only 4 other bidders for it. Paid a pretty penny for it though – £186.15.
I’m on a roll now, readers. Another handcraft piece hove into view from Durban in South Africa. ungaas listed a Geometrica 3566 4¾” vase which unfortunately had 2 tiny rim chips. Despite this it still made £224.96.
Really ringing the changes this month! Next up I want to mention a little 4” vase in TUBELINED TREE 3943. Seller partiques*uk proclaimed it to be in outstanding condition, which probably contributed to a good price of £99.99 being paid by a single bidder. I am a fan of the tubelined patterns and have pieces in this pattern and in TUBELINED FLOWER.
I was tempted to place this item in mad items of the month, but decided to give the seller the benefit of the doubt. Speculation or a mistake? charityaidtheworldcares2011 binned 4 Mad Hatter egg cups from the 1980’s ALICE range for a price of £7500 each!!! No, I haven’t forgotten to enter a decimal somewhere. The seller claimed they were “extremely rare, highly collectable and sought after”. A few days later the price was changed to £65.00. Another seller, cashquest3 also listed one of these and got no bids at a price of £15.00, so say no more. Make your own minds up.
Novelties, I hear you say. Wot abaht novelties? Ok. I liked this cheerful little 3 piece MONK cruet set auctioned by 1annrabbit. It received 7 bids and went for £21.00.
Frequently seen on eBay the SKIER teapot is another chirpy little novelty item. Seller miracle0115 asked for one, but only achieved a price of £21.00.
I started my CW collecting with chinoiserie patterns. I still have a soft spot for BARGE 2519 so when sjh9531 listed a pair of 12½” chargers in very good condition I obviously kept my eye on them. They went for a very reasonable £205.00. I predict we will see them again one day on eBay, possibly separately.
Aussie seller debscornucopia tried a preserve pot from the embossed BLACKBERRY range. Unfortunately the lid had a bit of a chip and the pot exhibits the usual crazing, so it only fetched £27.03. Pretty though.
Another sadly damaged piece was a VELOX bowl in the matt turquoise version of Devils Copse 3817 launched by deafeardave. It has a rim chip and some cracks in the base. Heaven knows how much it would have gone for if it had been perfect, as it was it still raised a solid £178.73.
A piece without any significant damage was a lovely little 4¾” vase in Feathertailed Bird & Flower 3355. Strong colours and a strong pattern in my opinion. Seller cpm1947 might feel slightly let down by you eBayers. A price of £167.00 is not far short of a bargain. Are you happy with it, buyer? I would be.
Another seller who probably thinks the price was not right might be Puffett. Normally the BEE range items attract serious interest, but only one bid was placed, so the lucky buyer only paid £40.00. Lucky indeed.
Also in bargain territory we had a 10” finned dish in Iceland Poppy 4221 which maisy-patcheye stated had no crazing which is unusual for this pattern and colourway. Mysteriously it only made £59.89. I know Iceland Poppy isn’t DEVIL or JAZZ, but come on you lot. That’s cheap.
Mind you, none of the above pieces are as cheap as this one. ungaas also listed a powder bowl in FAN 3557 and it went under everyone’s radar. Well, everyone’s radar except one. The buyer paid an astonishingly cheap £188.64. I have been in touch with the buyer and he is just a little bit pleased. In fact, he is probably still rolling around on the floor laughing, the old thief! To add insult to injury he tells me that it is mint! Don’t worry readers; on your behalf I have told him he is a thief and a lucky thief for good measure.
monticellomike continues to reduce his collection (in only 2400 years it will all be sold)! Amongst the pieces he sold this month was a little sugar bowl in Rayure 3955. This is a truly stunning deco pattern in masterspy’s opinion. The trouble is, others thought so too. I made the stupid mistake of sitting on my hands thinking it wouldn’t make its reserve. It did, so I don’t own it. Damn it. Worse still readers, monticellomike isn’t planning to sell any more pieces of Rayure. Damn again.
amheretosell – a no nonsense name if ever I saw one – auctioned a very unusual teapot shape in MIKADO 2364. 10 bidders recognised its rarity and made bids all the way up to £266.00. A high price for MIKADO these days, but how many more of this shaped teapot are you going to see?
Now then, I wonder if my readers Sally and Janette were the lucky buyers of any of the Malcolm Gooding Sheep which were auctioned by damiin this month. Were you, ladies? Do let us know if you were successful. If not….. Baaaaaah (sorry, couldn’t help myself). The one which sold for the highest price was the Queen Mother sheep. It made £70.00 which is high for one of these.
(Apologies to the seller damiin with the error we made about saying the Queen Mum was wrongly categorised. Identifying some of the Gooding models is confusing). To see click here
Well, that’s me done for another month. I hope you have enjoyed reading it. Our webmaster is getting it sent to him earlier than usual this month, because I have a wedding to plan and a Father of the Bride speech to write. OMG. Despite these onerous duties I will answer all queries and comments in the usual way, so feel free to send them entirely as normal.