Sunday, 14 February 2010

My 365 Day Ebay Challenge Day 13 - Picking up the stock

Well here it is at last - 1000 old postcards - the first lot I have actually managed to buy on Ebay following two frustrating weeks of lost auctions and technical mishaps.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the seller was located just a couple of miles down the road from my home, so on Saturday morning I set off to pick up my goodies from a lady called Pat.

She turned out to be a very nice chatty lady and rounded the total cost down to £ 60 - a saving of £ 2.16 on the winning bid. A good result coupled with the saved postage and meaning a cost per card of only £ 0.06 each.

In the evening I started the long task of sorting through the cards.

There are some nice cards included in the lot, some of which are over 100 years old as well as others from more recent times.

A few of the cards date from the First World War and it is interesting to read what the soldiers wrote home to their families or I should say what little they wrote. Most of the cards are marked "Somewhere in France" and just say with love or greetings from.... and the soldiers name or sometimes even just Dad.

I suppose time constraints and censorship prevented them from writing much about what was actually going on and by sending a postcard it was a way of quickly letting their families know they were actually still alive. Quite poignant.

I am hoping to list up some lots for sale on Monday.

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