Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Old keys -- wonderful keys

My oh my, I guess I've been a very good girl this year. Santa is giving me all these oh so cool old keys!!! However, I don't have a chimney or fireplace, so he's sending them through ebay. Ah yes, Merry Christmas to me, and sometimes, ebay rocks!

As some of you may know, if you visit my blog on a regular or even not so regular basis, recently I've been using old (some even antique) keys in my art. Well, I stumbled onto this penchant I've developed for very cool old keys several months ago, and where else would I go to find them but ebay? I've been fortunate enough to win several auction lots for old skeleton keys and funky flat keys.

When I first started looking for old keys on ebay, I didn't know what to expect. So I was shocked to find out just how popular and sought after they are, and how hard it is to find a good deal on them, and how hard it is to win an auction. I bid on, and lost, many auctions before I finally started scoring by bidding at the very last minute. Even then, I lost quite often. However, I did score on some of them.

Most old key lots go for much more money that I'd ever want to spend. And most get bid on early, and end up with many bids and bid up high, before they end. I didn't even try to bid on those auctions. I had a rule for myself, that I wouldn't pay more than 50 cents per key, including shipping, and generally it worked out that that's what I had to pay on the ones I won. But considering what most key lots go for, I considered myself lucky.

But hey, on this auction, I really struck gold, and right before Christmas to boot. I kept my eye on this particular auction for several days, and it never got bid on. Which is totally rare for old key lots. I know, because I've been watching them for several months now. This one ended early this morning, and I knew I'd still be in bed when it ended, so I had to bid on it last night before I went to bed. I only bid a dollar over the entry price, and fully expected to be outbid. I was totally shocked and amazed that no one outbid me, or bid at all. I was the only bidder on this auction. Totally amazing!!!

Because this lot contains 100, yes 100 keys. The entry price was $9.99 and shipping was 7.60. So I got 100 keys for $17.59, or 17.5 cents each. Unbelievable!!! And far less than my rule of 50 cents per key. This is by far the best deal I've ever gotten on ebay for old keys. I'm still in shock that I was the only bidder on this auction. I kept waiting to see it bid on, and it never happened. Not even after I bid on it.

So anyway, I'm thrilled about this, and feel so great to get such a bargain on these old keys, knowing what they normally sell for on ebay. Today was my lucky day!!! And also, after winning this huge lot, I doubt I'll be bidding on anymore keys anytime soon. Now I just have to start using them in my art....more than I have been. There might just be a key on every piece of art I make from now on.

Merry Christmas to me, Merry Christmas to me! I really lucked out, and Santa is sending me a whole bunch of old keys. I must've been a very, very good girl this year.

And Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you out there. May each one of you have a wonderful and blessed Christmas, and make a memory to treasure always. And in the hustle and bustle and stress of Christmas, may we always remember the REAL meaning of Christmas, and that Jesus is the reason for the season. Amazing grace! If not for Him, there would be no Christmas. May God bless all of you.


Brenda said...

Gotta love a bargain - well done! Try bidnip.com, it puts in the bids for you 10 seconds before auction ends, it is fantastic, I've been using it for years and I know it has saved me heaps of money - doesn't cost much to buy bids either. Merry Christmas!

Julie said...

Have a very Merry Christmas Val and a blessed 2009.

Congratulations on your great purchase too! I love old keys too, the rustier the better!

purplepaint said...

Okay, I'm jealous!!! What a deal! I've looked on Ebay for keys and they've always been ridiculously expensive, I'll have to go check it out. :D

Maggie R said...

I swear we bloggers are all cut off the same block of wood VBG
I Have no need but I have saved old keys for years..... Why?? well I might use them sometime for my dolls!! They get blamed for everything!!!! People give me Old Jewellery .. yep for my dolls.... I have shoe boxes of the stuff!! and them when I use something from there it is just a small piece of whatever!!!! My studio grows smaller by the week!!! hahha
Happy New Year...

Michi, Orange County, CA said...

Hi Val!
I love the way you make a bunch of keys look artistic!!! Now . . . THAT is talent!!
Guess what? CONGRATULATIONS!!! You've been tagged!!! Please see my blog for more info!!!!
Happy New Year!!

akatrix said...

Val aka Lucky, I could see you using ALL of them in a piece of art! Go for it...
They were meant to be yours....isn't that just SERENDIPITY?

Amy said...

Oh, you lucky gal!! I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to win an auction of keys on Ebay and have not succeeded yet, but you have given me hope!! I love the old skeleton keys...the really big rusty ones that clank together.