|Fri Mar 16 2012 11:01:54|
What Item You've Sold Had the Best Story Behind It?
By: Julia Wilkinson
"Just for fun" today, as a break from all the ups and downs of fees, changes, shipping, customer complaints...let's take a moment to remember some of our best finds and the ones with the best story or stories behind them.
EcommerceBytes has a "This Week's Haul" topic on its forums where folks are encouraged to discuss their finds; you can leave a message there or a comment on this blog.
When I think of some of my favorite stories behind items I've sold, a few come to mind. One of the types of things I like to sell are old high school and college yearbooks. I love looking through the pages and seeing photos of how cities and towns used to look, the ever-changing vignette of hairstyles; from the mens' pompadours of the 1920s to the ladies pulled back and curled 'dos of the '40s; and even through the 1970s when any length was fair game, and hair may have had its worst decade ever!
But I love that when I sell someone a yearbook, I am giving them a memory back. One of my favorite yearbook stories was a lady who bought an old VMI (Virginia Military Institute) yearbook from me as a birthday gift for her eightysomething mother. She asked if there was a certain young man in the yearbook, and there was. It turned out he was her "sweetheart" at the time, and the lady's mother had a full-page photo portrait on one page of the yearbook, as the young man's organization could "sponsor" a young lady. She bought the yearbook, and brought back a wonderful memory for this lady.
One yearbook, the one pictured above, was for a storied high school near where I live: George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virigina. The 1951 yearbook pictured above had a fun find: a young Willard Scott (longtime tv weatherman). Of course, he was class president.
Another time, I sold a yearbook to a man who was looking for his former girlfriend. He told me to just look for "the most beautiful girl in the yearbook." He thanked me so many times for the yearbook once he got it; I was amazed to see how happy he was to have this memory back.
There have been many other stories, but those are the two that come to mind.
Do you have any favorite stories behind your finds, whether it's the item's history, the story behind the person who bought it, or something else? Post a note in the EcommerceBytes forums boards under This Week's Haul or a comment here on the blog!