I think, in purchasing the below item, I succeeded in taking my eBay lurking to a whole new level. It involved sitting up for a long time. And waiting. And then bidding, squealing and thinking "eeek - that's a lot of money". But - what else are work bonuses for? Saving? Pah!
I watched this item for over a week. I cancelled a night out because I had to be home when the auction ended. It sat at £28.37 for the majority of that week. It rose by a pittance in the last 10 minutes.
And then I struck. I have mentioned my eBay lurking before. It rarely fails me. But sometimes I shock myself with the numbers I type in. I felt a bit sick. It was a lot of money. However, eBay fever had taken hold and there was no going back. There were only 3 seconds to go.
This is why I like lurking. I know that there are various programmes out there that you can install to your desktop to sniper things you want. But I quite like the kick. And this was a £130 kick. Including over 100 records. And needles. And in perfect working order.
Yes, my friends. This is a 1930's (possibly earlier) His Masters Voice, free standing, windup gramophone. Minus trumpet thingy. Which is good for the limited space I have in my already over-cluttered-with-other-peoples-old-person-toot abode. It is a glorious example and I know that, with a little restoration, it is worth a lot more than I paid for it. Which to me, makes it an investment, not a flagrant cash splurge.
I have been playing records on it now and then, convincing The Beard to flail around the the front room with me on occasion. And when I look at it, I think - where have you been all this time? What have you seen? Who did you belong to?
Questions I cannot ever hope to answer. So I shall just have to make up it's history. It's a tough life.
Over and oooooot!