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Carruthers 01-22-2015 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by Sundae (Post 919976)
Alice fell down a rabbithole. Poor cow. She found oddities, dreams & delirium....

...and absolutely no sign of the Health and Safety Executive. :D

glatt 01-22-2015 01:41 PM

"and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make''

You credit the Cellar, but you should credit yourself, Sundae. You're worth it.

chrisinhouston 01-23-2015 12:14 PM

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I just sold something on Ebay for $2000!

For some time now I've been wanting to upgrade some of my camera gear and have been leaning towards a Sony a7R, a fantastic mirrorless camera with 36MP sensor and a host of other features. But my wife and I have an agreement that my addiction to camera gear should be a cost neutral as possible. I can get a used one in LN condition for around $1400 and I would probably get a few other things like the Canon lens adapter and the battery grip. Maybe eventually some Sony/Zeiss lenses.

So I made a difficult decision to sell an old family heirloom. My grandfather went out to China and I inherited many of the beautiful things he and my grandmother (she was born in China) had. One of them was a Mandarin robe worn by a civil servant, the robe is called a Pufu. The robe is polished black silk and has a rank badge on the front and back, the 5th level Silver Pheasant. You see these badges all the time on Ebay, some are real antiques and usually showing their age and others are complete knock offs from China claiming to be genuine. Sometimes you see real court style robes but I've only once seen a Pufu like mine.

So I put it up for auction on Wednesday night with a starting bid of $100 and a "buy it now" price of $2000. I set a reserve of $1200 hoping that if it got bit up to there it might reach $1500 or so by the end. So yesterday an Ebay user contacts me saying they will pay $1500 if I am interested. I responded in a nice way that I already set a "buy it now" price and he was welcome to bid on it anytime if that was too high. With in 20 minutes I got an email from Paypal saying I had just received $2000 a guy in Los Angeles with a confirmed Paypal account. He had a 100% + feedback score of 58 which isn't a lot but good enough and no negatives.

So today I packed it up carefully and sent it off. I hope my grandfather won't be saddened by my selling it. I had no way to display it and it has been stored in an old Chinese camphor wood chest to keep it safe for all these years since he got it in 1905.

Here are 2 pictures of it:

glatt 01-23-2015 01:13 PM


I'd heard that rich people in China were buying back all their national treasures from Americans.

There is an auction house by my office that I visit to inspect the stuff each Monday before the Tuesday auction. They always have the Asian stuff on display right by the front door.

chrisinhouston 01-23-2015 01:15 PM

Funny but the guy who bought it had a Chinese name and when I looked at some of his feedback history he had purchased items from sellers or ebay stores dealing in Chinese stuff. Maybe he will sell it for more, maybe he just wants to collect things like that. I figure it will get more use by someone else than our family. Other than my dad wearing it to a costume party back in then mid 60's it's been in storage!

footfootfoot 01-23-2015 01:40 PM

In less than two weeks I'll have my final dvrce papers to sign!

xoxoxoBruce 01-23-2015 01:51 PM

Damn, that's gorgeous! But it would be hard to display, and would be a travesty to wear it, even for special occasions. I wonder if it had been used before Granddad got it, it looks like it's mint. If it makes it's way back to China that's fine, you got two grand for storage.

The only question I have is, after seeing your photographs for a couple years, what the hell do you need "better" equipment for? :haha:

glatt 01-23-2015 02:11 PM

Congratulations Foot!

xoxoxoBruce 01-23-2015 02:45 PM

Oh, foots slipped in while I wasn't paying attention. Yes, congratulations, it's one of the mile markers we look forward to on the journey. Time to figure out what's next because it can be an emotional crash, after waiting and waiting for it, then not knowing what direction you're going.

DanaC 01-23-2015 03:15 PM

Wow, that came around fast, foots.

Sundae 01-23-2015 03:33 PM

I was the one who left my husband, and the marriage was unsalvageable (my bad, I shouldn't ever have said yes) but when my divorce papers came through it still hurt. If it was up to me, I'd still be married on paper, I just never would have got round to sorting out the formalities.
The surname you know me by (those of you that know it I mean) is his.

I'm glad it's different for you, Foot.

Clodfobble 01-24-2015 07:48 AM

My youngest has finally figured out how to entertain herself when she first wakes up in the morning, and I am routinely sleeping past 6:15 on weekends for the first time in almost 9 years.

classicman 01-24-2015 11:52 AM


chrisinhouston 01-24-2015 03:56 PM

Just got a check in the mail from the valet parking service that damaged the roof rack on my Land Rover when they tried to fit in in the garage. That was just after I turned it over to the attendant and pointed out it had to go in the oversize lot!

The roof rack was just a bit scratched up but they admitted the damage was their fault and told me to get an estimate from a body shop. I took it to one near my and the adjuster said they couldn't repair the roof rack as it wasn't original equipment but did notice a dent in my roof and some scratches and some of plastic trim was cracked. I didn't say anything but that happened last year while I was off roading! The valet service said to send in the estimate and to just send in wep pages with the roof rack parts that showed prices and I did.

Got the check today for $3244.57!!!!:D:D:D:D:D

Sadly, my wife says she needs about $1000 of that for bills that are due.... guess that's how it goes! :rolleyes:

Going to buy a new laptop that is pretty much for high end photo and video editing.

Griff 01-24-2015 05:09 PM

15 miles of downhill skiing today. still buzzing

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