Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! My 30 day eBay Challenge...

Have you ever been just leisurely browsing in a store and you get blind sided by something you simply have to have?  Like it was made for you?  Like you absolutely have to have it?  Well, this happened to me the other day.  I was in HomeGoods in South Bend, Indiana, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw IT!  The most glorious chair ever.  The sparkling rhinestones, the plushness (is that a word?), the gorgeous charcoal grey velvet, and the silver shining chrome studs!

I walked away.  I went up and down the other aisles but it continued to sit there, in all of its general splendour.  Then some women started to ooh and ahh over it.  Oh no!  Someone can't possibly buy MY chair.  After they walked away, and I swooped in and finally sat in it.  I could hear the angels sing.  It is one of the most comfortable chairs EVER!  And the lovely tufted pillow is discreetly tethered to the chair.  

I struggled with the decision to purchase and finally came to the assumption that I had to have it!  I could only imagine it sitting in the corner of my guest room adorned with a throw or a silver package at Christmas.  The problem is that I really could not afford it.  This is where eBay comes into play.

I have decided to make a deal with myself.  I have 30 days, until the last day I can return it for a full refund, to raise the money to pay for it in full.  I have clothing, dvds, cds, collectibles, etc. that I don't want as much as this chair.  I am going to list many items over the next month of January to see if I can raise enough money to pay my credit card bill.  If not, the chair gets returned.  No ifs, ands, or buts about it!

This is all part of my de-cluttering, shedding the stuff I don't need, and becoming more financially accountable.  I am very frugal with money, but we all have those times when we buy something we didn't need or didn't want.  I need to second guess and third guess every purchase in 2012.  This is ONE of my New Year resolutions.    

Can I do it?  I hope so!  I have bought and sold off of eBay since 1997 and have had success in the past.  I am confident that I can pull this off.  Happy New Year to all of you and I look forward to a wonderful year in Blog Land!  :-)  


  1. You should post some of the cutest stuff you have here with a link to each item on eBay.

  2. Traci ~ I am rooting for you to swap
    this one slendiferous chair for the
    myriad "they don't ring a bell for me anymore" items... Kerry has a great