Category Archives: Ebay Alerts!

I now do these posts every Sunday, but will also add things throught the week that might end before the next Sunday. Not only is it an opportunity to make collectors aware of fast-moving listings, but it gives me the chance to talk about lace, giving individual examples my full attention. I don’t like to do big postings covering an entire category of lace – I would rather delve into pieces one at a time. It’s the microscopic, rather than the macroscopic approach.

I select the pieces based on what appeals to me – I never take solicitations from sellers (and I have been asked). If I seem to be favoring certain dealers, it is, to put it bluntly, because they are consistently listing the best material. I am not on a mission to correct misinformation, or to denigrate any type of lace. I am giving my own opinion, and if that conflicts with what a seller has written, chalk it up to free speech. I sometimes, but not often, contact sellers for clarification, or to discuss my comments before they are posted, but I’m trying to speak for the lace and the lacemaker first and foremost.

There are a few thresholds for a piece to be considered for posting. Condition is important. I won’t review a good piece if the condition is poor, unless there is an overwhelming consideration of rarity or provenance. I also don’t resonate a lot with short samples, even though the lace may be very good, the same goes for different laces posted in one lot. Presentation does count, if a photo is so poor or lacking in the closeup detail needed to tell if it is handmade, then the item will be passed by. I also try not to review the same piece more than once – if I do it’s a mistake. If a piece is relisted I try to update that information on the original Ebay Alert, but it’s hard to keep up. I will also issue Special Ebay Alerts outside the Sun/Thurs postings for extraordinary pieces.

I make it a habit to post pieces on which I would be likely to bid; I think it unethical to ‘reserve’ things for myself by leaving them off this list. I also try hard to avoid any discussion of price – the bidding history and final price is available on Ebay and tells that story much better than I can. I do add the final price and number of bidders to the review after the auction is over, and I am organizing all the items into a final summary to eventually be posted on the LaceNews Web Site. I do keep track of far more than I actually post, in fact only about 25% of what I follow makes it to an Ebay Alert.

The descriptions of the laces looks rather strictly formatted, but has undergone some evolution, and I am considering adding a separate catorgory where I can discuss dating issues. I’ve recently completely redone the condition comments, dividing these into four categories. ‘Modification’ is meant to describe any change from the original form of the piece. ‘Damage’ involves breaks or tears; something that would have to be repaired by a knowledgeable lacemaker. ‘Soilage’ indicates staining, discoloration, rust spots, and something called ‘patina’, a concept not well understood. I also note if any recent washing has taken place. The last condition category is ‘finish’, and by this I mean creasing, wrinkling, shrinkage; anything that affects the condition of the lace but is not actual damage.

Some people think it isn’t worthwhile to buy on Ebay because the quality is poor. I hope they keep thinking that way so there is less competition. The truth is very different. Ebay and related sites are increasingly accepted alternative selling forums, and even longtime antique dealers ignore them at their peril.
By the way, Ebay no longer lets you see purchaser identifications. Everything has been reduced to cryptic initials and stars. Mine are a***s for my lswaters account. I do have one more account, lacenews619, and I’m actually not sure what the initials are for that one.

No Ebay Alerts for January 29, 2017

Update 2/12/27  And obviously I’m still not doing the Alerts.  Will try again next Saturday. Apologies, after the February 1st deadline I’ll have a lot more time for posts. Laurie

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No Ebay Alerts for January 22, 2017

Big lace-related deadline coming up February 1st – more on that later. So no Ebay Alerts tomorrow. Laurie

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Ebay Alerts! Thirty-six items – January 15, 2017 Fine antique/vintage Irish  Youghal lace and linen modesty panel – shamrocks Size: 7.8″ x 10.3″ Starting Price: £40.00 Auction ends: January 15, 2017 9:41 AM PST. Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom Comments: A rectangle of hemmed linen … Continue reading

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Ebay Alerts! Twenty-one items – January 8, 2017 Antique/vintage machine Brussels Duchesse lace collar Size: 16″ neckline, back depth 6.8″ Starting Price: £8.00 Auction ends: January 8, 2017 9:33 AM PST. Offered by: Ebay seller derbeatle, Cheltenham, United Kingdom Comments: A Bruges Bloemwerk collar with bold, well executed … Continue reading

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No Ebay Alerts for January 1, 2017

I’m taking New Year’s Eve and Day off! Well, almost. I’ll be working on getting next year’s calendar up. My best wishes to everyone for a wonderful 2017! Laurie

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Ebay Alerts! Fourteen items – December 25, 2016 VERY FINE & GORGEOUS Antique 19thC Refectory Table Runner RETICELLA Lace & Linen VERY FINE, VERY LOVELY Antique 19thC Refectory Table Runner RETICELLA Lace Linen Size: 35″ x 56″ 30″ x 42″ Starting Price: $350.00 Buy-it-Now on both Auction ends: … Continue reading

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Ebay Alerts! Twelve items – December 11, 2016 A fine antique Nanduti lace sun lace pina thread shawl 1910s Size: 58 cm x 194 cm Starting Price: £92.00 Auction ends: December 11, 2016 9:40 AM PST. Offered by: Ebay seller linskapet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway DG6 4UU, United … Continue reading

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