Well what do you know, the children’s school was closed today due to heavy snowfall during the early morning hours. I awoke at 6.40am and it certainly hadn’t snowed to any great extent by that time, but the snow fell more heavily rather suddenly and as the time approached for us to leave for school we heard on the radio that the school was closed.
The kid’s were delighted.
I was glad not to have to go out, but groaned inwardly as Wonderboy has such a low boredom threshold…still I badgered him (rather forcefully) into catching up on his homework and he played some computer games and then begged me if he could go play outside.
‘No’ came my reply as he has such an awful cough coming on again. But as (I thought) he correctly stated that if he wrapped up really well and only stayed out for 5 minutes it would probably be good for him as he’d be cooped up in the centraly heated house all day. (in fact he had a coughing fit and had to come in only minutes later)
Well, the dog went out.
….and ran like the clappers back in again…
In other news. I’m hoping to be able to get the kid’s to school and go to work tomorrow. Fr P’s wife is coming home from the hospital tomorrow after two weeks in there recovering from her stroke and it will be so lovely to see her, though I don’t want to get to close with having this chest infection.
Today I didn’t accomplish much asides from mothering, which is pretty much something good to accomplish if indeed anything is going to be accomplished, wouldn’t you agree? Often I think we mothers tend to devalue ourselves, we shouldn’t do that.
Another thing I did was to set up an auction on ebay, but I tell you, what a chore it has been.
Let this be fair warning to everyone unused to selling on ebay, do not include the phrase, ‘make me an offer‘ unless you utilise the ‘buy now’ facility in your auction.
For a while now I’ve been aware that I’ve made some serious craft purchasing faux pas. Nowadays I will quite happily spend an hour or more designing and creating a card, but in the early days of my crafting I hadn’t developed that sense of pride in my crafting and I really thought it was more about keeping a flow of cards going, like a production line mentality I suppose. I made a lot for charity and I suppose it was more convenient to chuck a couple of embellishments on the front of the card and consider the job done. Now I recoil in horror at the thought of the ‘art’ of cardmaking being removed from the joy of cardmaking.
So it came to be that I cast my gaze upon the crafting supplies I had ammassed over recent years and ‘ping’, I had an idea. I would try to sell some of my crafting collection on ebay. I gave some away to friends at Christmas but I knew that I couldn’t in good conscience make any more purchases of craft materials until I’d cleared the decks a little. Now it is one of my dreams to have a crafting room but that isn’t happening any time soon and the truth is that my crafting is taking over the kitchen (the only huge table in the house happens to be in there) and something had to give.
So it was then that two nights ago I waited until midnight and then set up my auction. It took one hour. When my alarm went off at 7.20am the next morning I was completely shattered. I sauntered downstairs, put on the kettle for tea and headed for the computer…whereupon I was to find in my inbox an email from ebay informing me that my little innocent auction had been considered an attempt to circumvent ebay rules. Bah humbug had it!
I can’t tell you how cheesed off I was to read that the offending phrase in my whole advert was my mistakenly including the words, ‘make me an offer’.
Apparantly if the auction is a bidding auction you can’t use those words as ebay will believe that you may be using their resource to arrange purchases/sales by using….but not using….ebay as the ‘middle man. Confusing eh?
You can imagine my reaction. The morning after, having tossed and turned for hours and having little sleep I had awoken with a headache, the yucky symptoms of this chest infection making me even more wheezy than usual and my hands were swollen with all the typing.
I emailed abay. I couldn’t spend another hour doing that again could I?
A nice lady responded…eventually…. further explaining the rules and reassuring me that they were aware that I had no intention of circumventing their role as mediator, but that no, they no longer had a copy of my auction as it haad been removed completely. Note to self – always save a copy of auction listing to computer!!!!
So today I sat down and typed up the whole thing again…minus the offending phrase.
As yet, no bids.
I’m not discouraged, but would like it if frequent ebayers who are also readers of my blog, could give their input here….is there a rule of thumb for when to bid and when not to? I’ve heard people say that they always wait until the last day or so to make a bid in an attempt to keep the final bid lower….is this the way it works? Also, how does my advert sound? It exhausted me to write the ad and I didn’t really want to devote any further time to it, did I miss somehting out? I read and used the text of similar auctions with regard to the serious payment bit at the bottom of the page and that’s how come it sounds a little severe in places, but overall what do you think?
Also, I’m not going to be regularly selling items on ebay , but I might from time to time so could you please take a look at my auction and tell me what you think, do you have any tips about selling etc?
I have 4 people watching the item at the moment, is that a good thing?
I know there are a million typo’s in the ad, but please ignore those 😦
And if by any chance you’re interested in purchasing the craft package, consider making a bid …and so long as you live in the UK, I’ll be pleased as punch if you win it 😉
p.s. some of my cards are pictured here though I recently completed a commission for a friend with some lovely cards and forgot to take photo’s of them to upload (not that I would have posted them until I had the all clear to do so and the cards had been sent out of course, just in case the recipient got to see their card before it arrived!)
EDITED : I just noticed I have one bid and wait for it…11 people watching the item! hopefully some of those 11 will start bidding over the next few days!
EDITED AGAIN: I now have 16 people watching my auction and 2 bids Whoo-hoo! I really get why people hold out till the last day or two to place a bid. This is fun! I only have 1 day and 13 hours left of auction time. Will let you know the outcome by editteding this post yet again 😉
EDITED AGAIN, AGAIN: ooh errr, 20 people watching, hope this is reflected in the bidding over the next 36 hours!