|Bernina Embroidery Module|
|The useful thrift store printout!|
My thrift store find went up on eBay a few days later. I couldn't wait to see if it would bring the kind of cash most Bernina equipment seemed to fetch. After a seven day auction the thrift store listing was spot on. My Bernian embroidery module, the thing I didnt even recognize when I walked into the store, sold for a whopping $305! I sure don't resent those eBay "comparison" printouts anymore!
But even though the auction was over, I didn't start counting my money. The deal isn't complete until the buyer receives the item and says they're happy with it. In this case, the buyer was on the other side of the country in California. That's a long way for a sensitive piece of equipment to travel through the postal system and arrive intact. So I carefully packed the bulky equipment, shipping it parcel post with insurance and tracking. Using the USPS tracking website, I watched and worried as it traveled coast to coast.
Maybe I jinxed myself by worrying! Over the following week, I watched in horror as my $300 score made it all the way to California, then inexplicably make a detour back east, stopping for a breather in Nashville Tennessee! I am not kidding! The buyer, seeing the same thing I was witnessing through the USPS website, started to get cold feet and suggested I refund all her money. I don't give up that easy though-not for $300 bucks! I stalled her, saying it was probably just missorted and would be turned around and sent back to her in California. To my relief, USPS tracking showed it slowly moving west again and after a few more days, it finally showed up at the buyer's home. The buyer happily e-mailed me back to say the embroidery module arrived and worked fine! (Whew!) I let out a huge sigh of relief and counted my $305 dollars!
That embroidery module find had a little bit everything...highs, lows and some new gray hair! But it all worked out in the end. So keep an open mind when sellers use those eBay comparison printouts. There's an exception to every rule!
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