Friday, April 6, 2012

Doll Buying in the Midst of a Storm

Flavas Concert Awards Tre, accessories include an Afro wig

I marked Flavas Choice Awards Tre off my doll wish list this past Tuesday during the tornadic storms that occurred in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  By the grace of God, I nor anyone I know was affected by the high winds, torrential rains, or even worse, the tornadoes that struck that day.  Reportedly, there were 13.

At around 2 p.m., however, after the emergency response system sirens had been blaring like Gabriel's trumpet throughout the morning and well into the afternoon, the rains came pouring down in my area coupled with extremely high winds.  I was just about to power down my computer when I realized the auction in my eBay watch for Flavas Choice Awards Tre was scheduled to end in minutes. 

I discovered Tre on February 18, 2010, in a blog post written by the playscale and action figure queen, D7ana, author of the blog, A Philly Collector of Playscale Dolls and Action Figures*.  It was right then and there that I named and claimed Tre!

Shortly after that post, D7ana began selling some of her dolls.  I knew it was doubtful, but I asked if her selling plans included Concert Tre.  Disappointed by her, "No" answer, Tre remained on my wish list and included in my eBay alerts.  It took a while, but he finally showed up in an eBay listing last week, "finally," I thought.  I added him to my eBay watch and hoped to be his high bidder.

This past Tuesday afternoon, in the midst of the previously mentioned storm, after remembering I needed to win Tre's auction that would be ending in minutes, I immediately went to the bid page before powering down my computer.  There was only one bidder.   I hurriedly placed my maximum bid and hit the "place bid button" after counting down the minutes to the last few seconds of the auction. 

Those wondrous four words:  You won this auction, gave me a a few seconds of relief, but worry resumed over the severe weather situation I still faced.  I powered down my computer and continued to watch and wait on the storm to blow over as I prayed and chanted, "peace, be still."   Eventually, thank God, it blew over and there was peace.

Read D7ana's wonderful post and see the other accessories included with Concert Tre here

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8 comments:

  1. Okay, this post just prompted a new post I may do later today. First. I am happy that you guys are safe. I wasn't really aware of what was happening down there. I can go a week or more without turning on a tv or radio. Second. it's a little crazy that as your life is flashing before you, you think about an ebay auction. Third. This is my first time seeing this Tre and I really like him. I think he is my favorite Flava doll to date now. Congratulations! Fourth. There is nothing like getting that confirmation that you have won the bid. I wonder how many people have had heart attacks in those final seconds waiting for the auction to end.

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    1. Amazing what die-hards like me will do for dolls, even in the midst of a storm. It was either then or never, so I took my chances on bidding to win in spite of the dire weather situation. He was meant for me. I had actually forgotten about the auction until the storm hit and I decided to do my usual routine of powering down my computers, which is when I remembered reading eBay's reminder not to forget the auction.

      It was a good adrenalin rush.

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  2. I've been wanting this Tre, also. He remains on my wish list. I'm glad that you were able to get him!

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    1. Thanks, Roxanne! I hope another Concert Tre shows up soon and for as little or less than what I paid $14 and change with free shipping (after I used my eBay credit).

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  3. First, I am glad that you are safe and that none of those storms hit your area. Whew!

    Congratulations! Hooray! Glad to read that you got the Awards Tre, DBG! In a way, Tre probably reduced your anxiety about the storm. Fate intended your Tre to be available for you at that time. That's why I couldn't sell you mine (well that and the thought that I would never likely recover him ;-P).

    I hope that Vanessa and Roxanne find that Tre as well. His eyes are hazel brown, he's got a painted moustache and beard, and he's the best dressed among the Tres. Then there is that afro wig ....

    P.S. Thanks for the praise - hanging head, aw shucks, courtesy dip. And that was a good sale, too.

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    1. Thanks again D7Ana. Had it not been for your influence, I would not have added any of my other Tres and Kioni Browns to my collection either.

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  4. You're welcome. Always glad to enable, lol.

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  5. Congrats on getting Tre'. I have not seen them in thrift stores in a long while.

    Happy Easter!

    Vickey

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