How did I wind up with all this Christmas Red Kreinik braid? Ebay. I don't even remember buying it all. But I do remember the first time I bought something on Ebay.
I registered on Ebay on October 28, 1998. Boy, that is a long time ago! I had bought a Hawaiian print in Honolulu for quite a lot of money. It was a WPA image from Eugene Savage that was used on Matson steamship lines dinner menus. I thought if I looked around on the internet, I could find more of these menus and I did. I felt quite pleased in getting more of these for quite a reasonable price. That lead to me bidding on old Hawaiian cookbooks and that lead to THREADS.
I don't know the first set of threads I bought from Ebay. When I first started buying them they were from closing needlework stores or estate sales. Most people didn't have a good idea what these items were worth. So often you could find Rainbow Gallery threads that were selling for $2 - $3 dollars per card in a needlework store, on Ebay for 10 or 20 cents per card. I bought antique silk threads, DMC floss for a penny or two per skein, other unidentifiable threads of odd composition. Gradually people got more savvy about these items. There were more people bidding on them and the prices were often no better than you could get at a good sale price. Sometimes the colors were so bad that even if it was cheap, I couldn't imagine ever using it! I learned to have a price point and stick to it even if I lost the auction. I also tended to bid on large lots of threads. Somehow it didn't make sense to pay a dollar or two for some threads and then pay four or five dollars for shipping.
So that's where I got all the Kreinik thread and Rainbow Gallery thread and even my favorites, silk thread and silk and wool. I also bought linen (and discovered Silkweaver hand dyed linen) and kits and patterns.
Looking over all this accumulation I think I am over my addiction. I haven't bid on anything in several months. But every so often I check out my favorite searches.
Do you buy threads from Ebay? Fabric? Kits? Patterns? Tell me about your addiction.