An adventure in stupidity – eBay Buying Guide #1 + Haul + Dumb Photos

First and foremost: THANK YOU to everyone that has followed my blog!

Mind-you: I didn’t intentionally buy shitty clothes from eBay for my blog. That would just be wasteful. And listen, I know that “buying cheap clothes from eBay” trend is dead but it’s not a phase for me! I actually sell on eBay, and I’ve been buying from eBay for years. One, I wanted to see if I could do any better, and two, I want to show all the generally safe and unsafe items to buy from eBay.

LESSON #1: FEEDBACK

It’s not a high standard to have 100% or 99.9% positive feedback. Anything below a 99.7% is usually a red flag. If it’s a smaller seller, there’s no reason they should have lots of negative feedback. If it’s a larger seller with negative feedback, chances are they may be selling poorly made items – or they are bad at shipping out their items. Stay away or brave dangerous the waters. 

LESSON #2: STOCK PICTURES LIE

It should go without saying, if the photos look like they’re from somewhere else – they probably are. If you see the same image reused in multiple listings from sellers in China – RUN. Anyway, shall with get on with my mistakes purchases?

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How I hunt down sold out items

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It’s a familiar first-world problem: we see an item online and it’s love at first sight. I need that! Forgoing our fiscal responsibility we click onto the store page, fully prepared to shrink our bank accounts just a little more in order to score an amazing piece. But our journey are cut short by two devastating words: “Sold Out.” However, when you’re a sentimental shopaholic like I am, “sout” is more of a challenge than a defeat. Somewhere in this vast cyberspace there is or will be a listing of the particular item I am looking for.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with these tactics, but for anybody who isn’t, I just wanted to give you the rundown. I’m always hunting for items online. Even if I’m in a physical store or thrift store I may opt to hunt for the item online due to size or price.

In this case, it happens to be these F21 boots that I first saw on The Curvy Alt-Girl’s blog.  I don’t typically shop at Forever 21 but I was going to make an exception for these babies. Alas, they are sold out in every size except 6. I’d prefer a size 8 for comfort.

So what’s the first step? Well, obviously, click the “Sold out in your size?” button, so you can receive an email IF the item is restocked, and that’s an IF. But that’s not good enough for me, so I had to take it a couple steps further.

The first place I turned to was eBay. Now, the issue stores such as Forever 21, H&M, Zara, etc, is that specific pieces they are harder to find than smaller brands! There will be an abundance of items in which you are not looking for, and to increase your chances you need to do multiple searches.

Take cues from the original listing. Start out by copy-pasting the original title into the search, as long as it isn’t too long. Maybe throw in the brand name as well. That didn’t work well for me. Continue reading How I hunt down sold out items

The Googly Eye Mask & what to do with old projects?

Yes it’s true, she didn’t have the most glamorous upbringing. It was a random summer day (was it summer? I can’t remember) and my friends and I, bored out of or suburbian minds, wandered into a Micheal’s craft store. As soon as we meandered into the kids section I knew what I had to do. A couple dollars, some glue, and a few minutes later I gave birth to the ultimate creation. BEHOLD: THE GOOGLY EYE MASK.

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Remember when people like Jenna Marbles and MadeYewLook were sticking googly eyes all over their bodies? I was inspired (no, I was bored) and I created this little googly eye mask. Of course, I didn’t have a blog to share it with! Hopefully this post won’t be too passe for you, but I love this little mask! Cheapest and easiest thing I’ve ever made. And maybe she’s not the most high-brow woman at the masquerade, but she’s still my lady.

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Here’s the real question I have for you: what should I do with this? Future Halloween costume component? Rob some banks? Don’t worry, they won’t know it’s me. I’ll be wearing a mask.

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I mean really…what do I do now? Give me reason to keep this

Tell me, has anyone else completed little spur-of-the-moment, or even planned projects, only to realize that you’ve now accumulated one more piece of clutter? I love to create things for the purpose of creating! I don’t think about what I’m going to do after I’m done. Please help a blogger out here.

-Knurly

Fat In England: A Travel Diary

*First off I’d like to thank everyone who has followed my blog! I really appreciate it.

Welcome to the first travel diary! I spent over a week in England during the Summer of 2016 (and then a few days in Iceland). It’s scary how long ago that trip was. It was my first “big” trip, spanning roughly two weeks total. I’m almost crying at the fact that this trip will be two years old this summer! Yeek! Where did the time go?

However, I won’t be detailing anything specific in this post, because I feel the title needs some explaining. First of all, it would be a total waste not to blog about my past travel experiences. It’s content I’ve already created! Second, I wasn’t really “fat,” so to speak. However, I was definitely overweight at this point in my life. I had gained 40 pounds my freshman year after losing 15 pounds when my ex dumped me over the summer. It wasn’t a very consistent time in my life for weight. Surely but slowly over the first two semesters I jumped from my lowest to my highest weight.

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Taken less than one month before my trip by a friend

The gain wouldn’t have been as huge of a deal if I had managed to lose some of that weight BEFORE the biggest trip of my life. I didn’t. When I look back on the pictures I took of myself atop a grassy knoll, or next to Stonehenge, I’m simply reminded of how much I weighed. My weight put somewhat of a damper on my happy memories. I remember feeling ugly and insecure.

But let’s make this more positive: I don’t weigh as much anymore. I don’t have to feel guilty about how much I weigh either. Why should my previous weight stop me from remembering how much fun I had while traveling? I think it’s time to scratch off the film of insecurity that’s been plastered on top of my memories.

I want to ask all of you: have you ever gone on a trip or did something else significant in your life before losing weight? Did you regret not losing the weight beforehand? Maybe it was your wedding, or your high school prom. Did you find it difficult to separate the joy of the occasion with the negativity that surrounded it, or do you think it’s important we never forget the reality of our lives? I’d like to know.

-Knurly