Recently some of the packages have been trickling in from eBay! Like many brides before me, I am collecting hankies for 'tears of joy'.
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I am still trying to figure out how to display them. I could go for a loose knot.
Since I have been purchasing all these hankies on eBay, I wanted to share a couple of tips I have learned from PapaCS who is a master ebayer. I thought I would have no problem scooping up some vintage hankies but apparently they are a hot little item on ebay. I have no idea who is buying them besides brides but I guess you learn something new every day. I am by no means an ebay expert but here is what I have picked up along the way.
1. Make sure it is worth it. The hankies I usually looked at came in lots of 20 or more hankies. The maximum I wanted to spend was $1 a hankie so I bid on large amounts of hankies at a lower price.
2. Sometimes you can get a deal on 'cutter' or 'crafter' hankies. I guess they are hankies with imperfections. Since the hankies are only going to be used for one day and might not even get selected, I am sure cutter hankies are completely fine.
3. Don't forget shipping and handling! I almost purchased an amazing deal for hankies but then I saw the shipping was over $10. That deal no longer looked as sweet so I let it go.
4. Think reasonably about what your maximum bid is before you start bidding. It is sooo easy to get caught up in the moment and just keep bidding. It is such a thrill to win that sometimes I had to stop myself from increasing my maximum just to 'win'.
5. Wait until the last minute to bid! I add items to my watch list and then with only about 45 seconds left in the auction, I bid. I guess it is called auction sniping but I call it genius. Waiting until the last possibly moment gives you an advantage because unless the other person is staring at the auction too it doesn't give them enough time to re-bid. Sometimes it sucks because the auctions end at midnight or later but winning is always worth it!
Any ebay tips? How should I fold the hankies?
*For about a day PapaCS and the Sammie Sisters were going to start an ebay company to sell other people's things. They were going to call it "eBay, WeBay". I have no idea what it means either. Sammie sister wanted me to include that the name is trademark pending.