Let's Talk Solids!
Posted 15 November 2007 - 06:58 AM
As most people know on this site I am a big fan of Las Vegas, My husband and I were married there 10years ago and have been back a good few times since. It was during this trip that I first saw the E.L. soilds. Being a powder collector at first I resisted... BUT NOT FOR LONG.... Not only did I come home with a lot of new powders I added a good few soilds as well..... ( you should have seen me coming through the customs trying to pretend that my suitcase was'nt heavy.... ) and my poor husband was bent double with the weight of his backpack and as we say the rest is history......
One of the first ones I bought was the coach and can you believe that I turned down the roulette wheel and the slot machine.....
On the whole I do tend to buy the very old powder compacts more that the E.L. ones but every year I will pick out and buy what I think are the best ones in the E.L. range.....and this year the Harrods one came out the best for me.
Not sure how well the Harrods solids are selling this year ( Jacky might know )
I expect that this year they will have gone well as they have been outstanding ( I have not bought any as I am very cautious as to what will appear on ebay in the coming months ) ........ DON'T ALL S.A's TELL YOU THAT THE SOLIDS ARE SELLING OUT ........ I think its their general sales pitch to get you to buy.
Posted 15 November 2007 - 07:09 AM
I think you did the right thing in buying the grammaphone over the birdcage.....its a lovely piece.
Thanks for the pic as you know I do love this one.
Hello Don and Margaret.....
Good to hear from you.....Glad you like our Little Old England.... but don't tell me that you like our weather as well....
My best wishes to you all.
Posted 15 November 2007 - 08:17 PM
I am back, and thanks to Jackie's post I don't feel too bad on "re-entering" this wonderful site.
I have been away far too long due to personal reason's, and I gather some people may have dropped out of posting, it is such a shame as I looked forward to all the chat on the site.
Now I have time to myself again albeit that it is nearly 1 am, and should be in bed, but you ladies give this site a closeness even though some of us have not met.
Marg has given me laughter when I needed it, and Jacky keeps intouch with her e-mails and jokes, Jeanne is a good friend and e-mails me.
I look forward to more letters online and information on solids, I stopped collecting but I am still interested and you never know folks, you may see me bidding again.......LOL.
Thanks for your friendship,
Love to you all,
Posted 17 November 2007 - 09:48 PM
Woody, thanks for the link! Have missed not being able to view the Members Photos!
Don and Margaret..........or............Margaret and Don..........missed the Texan drawl!
Am definitely going to get some sleep now..........I had forgotten what it was like to sit typing on the laptop in the middle of the night!
Edited by Jacqueline, 17 November 2007 - 09:49 PM.
Posted 21 November 2007 - 10:18 PM
I bought the roulette wheel, decided I didn't like it, listed it at retail price on Ebay with no takers. So I sent it back to Vegas. Now I could kick myself! WHAT WAS I THINKING???
Posted 22 November 2007 - 12:46 PM
Don't feel bad! I wish I had never sold my Harrods Bag and also, wait for it......
I exchanged my Harrods Green coated bear for two other solids which you can
pick up at anytime now! Ugh!
Anyone have any other experiences i.e. like trading an Imperial Princess for
a general line..LOL.... We all make mistakes and some of us have to learn
the hard way. All part of collecting I suppose!
Posted 22 November 2007 - 04:54 PM
Jacky you bring up a very good point about solid collecting and letting solids go, not buying or keeping ones we should have. I can't help but think everyone here has had the same or similar experience. I made the conclusion this is a part of the solid perfume collecting experience-oh fun . Yes, its happened to me more than once. I had an Imperial Princess and the Roulette wheel both in my hands and collection and then I gave them away as gifts! Yep, what was I thinking? Oh ya now I remember I didn't have my head on...my brain was on vacation. Oh well, such it goes but I do treasure and enjoy each solid I have now in my collection.
Posted 23 November 2007 - 09:10 AM
After reading the last few posts I now don't feel so bad about telling this tale ( only Jacky knows )
TWO YEARS AGO I WALKED AWAY FROM A FULL SET OF IVORIES....
They were in a case with a lot of Chinese netsuke and all priced at about £10-£15
When I got home I thought better and a few days later went back for them.....Of course they had GONE.... I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WAS THINKING THAT DAY... That as my biggest senior moment so far...
Regards to you all........Margaret
Posted 23 November 2007 - 05:08 PM
Posted 24 November 2007 - 04:28 PM
Middle East and missed out on a diamond ring which was worth a few thousand
pounds but the OOO's had been left off! No-one would believe me when I said
we should buy the ring! The next day, it was too late!
Well, as far as receiving an Imperial Princess as a gift, that would be something
I was when Margaret told me about the Ivories! Well,
I love reading these stories......and expect there are alot more to come!
Edited by Jacqueline, 24 November 2007 - 05:54 PM.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 07:51 PM
Yes - this post and replies seem just like 'the old days' chitter chatter. So, of course I had to respond - it's sort of like a reunion. I used to check this site out daily (usually at work!) for 2 years when I first joined, but now it's only once a month as I got very busy at work and in my life and then also lost interest in collecting solids when they went 'cheap as chips' on Ebay. However, I still enjoy the many I have and cherish the friendships I have made through collecting them.
I remember fondly the laughs and personalities we have had on the site over the years, and now with the newer members posting, it's beginning to be much the same!
I've enjoyed lurking about reading the posts and seeing new friendships form across the world.
Even though I may not post very often, it's just amazing to 'catch up' with people new and old through this site. It's invaluable. I hope everyone is well and sympathise with those who have had a rough trot.
Take care everyone - I am well and apologise for not 'joining in' all the time, but actually I have to do it on the sneak because I'll get into strife otherwise ! (yes, I'm at work as I write!)
Edited by Sandra, 28 November 2007 - 07:52 PM.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 11:07 PM
Posted 28 November 2007 - 11:35 PM
Chowlover, I don't know about buyers from overseas, but Canadians were flocking over the border for the T-giving Day sales last Friday (I was in Buffalo). Many got hotel rooms so they could start shopping at midnight at the outlets and then the other stores opening in the early a.m. hours. The Canadian dollar is very strong and apparently the store selection is better on the U.S. side. Are there any Canadian friends reading this?
Posted 29 November 2007 - 05:13 AM
YES !!!!!!!! What you see is all true..... For a good few years now it has been a good bargin for us Brits to Shop by the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Its now over two to the pound and doubles our spending money......
New York and Boston seem to be the fav's. The travel companies run two, three and five day trips with hotel room included...Its a good deal and you get to see another city.
My friend and I were going to go to N.Y. this year for a spot of retail madness but then we both had to work...... .......but we may go for the sales after Christmas.
The Brits now shop for England....... In the U.S.A........
Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:42 PM
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