Sunday, February 10, 2008

Leave Your Credulity at the Door

When I was younger, my cousin Melissa and I were playing in her mother's bedroom. Melissa's younger brother, Michael, who was about 7 or 8 at the time, joined us. We were probably being nosy and looking through her mother's dresser when Michael pulled out a very slinky black nightie. Holding it away from his body like it might have been a snake, his face a mixture of disbelief and incomprehension, he said "I ain't BELIEVIN' this!"

That phrase has become a staple in our house. This weekend I have said that phrase numerous times. Here's why.

Back in the day when Mr. Daddy was a Starbucks manager, if you passed your tests or met certain goals you were rewarded. With lapel pins. I know. Great, right? Woo hoo and all that.


It turns out that those little pins are quite collectible. Mr. Daddy found his while doing some packing for our move, checked eBay and saw that some were selling for about $20 so we said "SWEET! Free money for some silly pins." And he listed them, two of them together. This is the first set:

The price quickly went above $2o, so he listed the second set. Here they are:

The first auction ended yesterday. Guess how much they sold for? Go on, GUESS!

One hundred and fifty two dollars!!! Yes, you read that correctly! $152.00!! For some Starbucks pins!!

The second auction ended about 2 hours ago. Guess how much the second set sold for?

$152.00!!! I ain't BELIEVIN' this!

But guess what the best part is? He's still has two more....

We're in the money! We're in the money!!


1blueshi1 said...

WOWZA!!! It really is absolutely no wonder third world countries think we are the Antichrist. ONE HUNDRED FIFTY TWO DOLLARS OF INCOME DISPOSED ON STARBUCKS PINS???
but since the lollapalooza is going straight into your pockets, I can only's time for you to up your VDay list for Mr. Daddy!

Fannie Mae said...

Holy crap! Good for you!

Anonymous said...

I bet you were laughing all the way to the bank. If no one had ever told you they were collectible you probably would have just tossed them. That's why I have such a hard time throwing away things...I have to say to myself, how much would this go for on Ebay?

Mommy Cracked said...

I love when things like that sell for big money on Ebay!! Go Queen!!

AndreAnna said...

That's insane! People are insane!

But as long as it puts money in your pocket, who cares, right?

Karen said...

Good lands! And good for you guys! I ain't BELIEVIN' that! ;)

Lulu said...

Frick. E-bay is the shizbomb-bat. Congrats!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Seriously? The dude at my local Starbucks has like a kajillion of them on his apron (I think he's a lifer). When you hear about a Pittsburgh woman assaulting a Starbucks employee, you'll know what happened.

What are you going to do with your newfound wealth?

Colleen said...

that is freakin' AWESOME!

I've got some stuff on eBay, but I'm certainly not getting those kinds of numbers for my junk! I need to find better junk, I guess!

Congrats on the unexpected windfall!

Laurel said...

I ain't believin that either!!! Good for you that people are crazy weird! Woo Hoo!

And just for the record, your first paragraph blazingly brought back a long forgotten memory of having found my mother's own black nightie as a child. Thank you. I'm off to seek counseling.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Dude! You're gonna be able to buy SO MUCH Starbucks!

Lauren said...

oh my gosh!!!!!!!

That is great!!

You should hold on to the last two and in a coupld of years they'll probably be worth thousands!!

ImpostorMom said...

holy crap! That is awesome. I so need to list some of my husband's star wars crap.

Amanda said...

Wow! That is awesome! Good for you! I wonder how much my old polyester zip-up front McDonald's shirt would go for. There's gotta be people looking for one of those, right?