I shared yesterday in my Instagram stories that I know the stress that comes with shopping a popular online sale. I have been on the buying end of that scenario.
Just a few weeks ago, I was watching an Instagram account I follow, @sketchbookcoshop, give previews of their upcoming sale. They make sketchbooks out of antique and vintage books, so each of their pieces is one-of-a-kind. One, in particular, caught my fancy, so I sent a message to them. “Can I purchase this one?”
“Sorry, you have to wait for the sale.”
I’ve said those very words to many people as I was getting ready for Lucketts Spring Markets. I always struggled with the tension of making an immediate sale vs. saving the inventory for people who were paying to attend the event. And do I offer holds for people shopping on the VIP day? How and when do I make presale exceptions? It’s tricky. So, I understood their predicament and their answer.
I set my alarm for the day of the sale, so I wouldn’t miss it. I hopped online just a few minutes before the sale launched and refreshed the page until the new sketchbooks started showing up.
Oh my goodness…I don’t even really have time to look at them! I need to make a split-second decision and buy one I like! I spotted the one with “Parson’s” on the front and put it in my cart. I also added a green ledger and went to check out. The green ledger disappeared from my cart. It was already sold before I could check out. AHHH!
Jeff was watching all of this play out. “Do you want me to get on there and try to buy one?” “No, I’ve got it….”
And as I was trying to check out, Etsy, which never makes me sign in, was asking me to sign in!
I’m being thwarted! AHHH! I’ve been waiting for weeks for a sketchbook and I’m going to miss buying one!
Now I think back on it, it was all very silly. In that moment, though, it was intense!
I finally was able to check out and purchased the Parson’s sketchbook as well as another green ledger. I couldn’t find the book I had admired weeks ago, so it must’ve sold before I could get it. I kept checking my orders to make sure they had, indeed, gone through and they had. I began to relax.
Later that day, I received a message from the shop that they accidentally sold me the wrong book. The picture didn’t match the one I actually purchased. What would’ve been a bummer turned into a blessing. The book I had bought instead of the green ledger was the very one I inquired about weeks earlier.
It was a happy ending this time, but I also know what it feels like to be on the losing end of a frantic sale. I’ve learned, though, that new and exciting things that get my heart fluttering will come around again. And it’s all just stuff. (Really cool stuff, but still stuff just the same.)
Here are the sketchbooks…
Aren’t they so sweet?
And they are filled with hand-torn watercolor pages. They are going to be a delight to use.
Speaking of old books, I also got a collection of antique and vintage books from jaysworld. Jamie, the owner, sent these along to me and I ended up buying more. I love that she sells them by the foot and by color, so you can use them for decorating. They are perfect for adding height in a stack, to add texture and color to a shelf or display, and, of course, you can actually read them!
Jamie realized after seeing me share the books on Instagram that she left a T out of Matthew. I had noticed it, too, but I just laughed knowingly…I’ve done the same thing on large hand-painted signs. Years ago, I shared a sign on the blog (I don’t even remember what the word was) and someone asked me what it said. I looked at it closer and realized I had left two letters out. Well, it doesn’t say anything, apparently!
I understood the spirit and thoughtfulness of the stamped letters and numbers, though. It’s one of the “mustard seed” verses in the bible.
I stuck the books on my studio shelf for now, but I’ll be using them in the master bedroom and living room as accessories.
I also received some happy mail from Amy of Oldfield Society. I bought some candles from her a few months ago and have loved them! I’m not usually a big candle person, but she mixes the best scents.
She asked which one I’ve liked the best and I told her, “I burned Charlotte Brontë for weeks and couldn’t believe how long it lasted. It’s definitely my favorite!” So, she sent me another one.
And a fragance bottle as well to use with diffusing reeds. I haven’t put that out, yet, because I’m afraid the cats might mess with it and spill Charlotte Brontë all over the floor.
Amy also sent me these matchbox houses! Aren’t they the cutest things?!
I love clever home goods like these that make me smile when I carry out a simple task like lighting a match. We all need little happy spots throughout the day whenever we can get them.
Amy will be listing the matchbox houses in her shop soon.
For those who missed buying the smaller paintings I listed yesterday (mini landscapes, linen landscapes, color charts), I will be painting more! I especially love doing the studies on linen.
Also, the larger paintings are still for sale auction-style. You can find the listings HERE.