........or learn from my mistakes. In order to start some fall decorating I wanted some real dried gourds to mix with some real pumpkins and gourds found at a produce stand. I am trying to decorate using some natural elements this year. I don't do a lot of over the top fall decorating anyway. So I went on ebay to see if I could find some good buys on dried gourds.
I found lots of different varieties and came across these golden colored pear gourds. I had never heard of these before. Well, the seller was advertising them as primitive.
Not sure what is supposed to be primitive about them, but I do love the color of them. Well, you know when you look at something on line and it looks big. Read the print carefully. When these arrived they came in a little box. I thought what? This can't possibly be my gourds. Yes indeedy.
See how tiny they actually are? Well, my mistake for not reading the description carefully.
I had seen these plates at Home Goods a few days ago and decided to go back to get them to use for Thanksgiving. As I was browsing around I came across a big bag of, you guessed it, these same exact gourds. A whole bag of them for the same price that I paid for six! See, I thought I was getting this great deal. Six gourds for $7 plus shipping. Not! They also carry these in the purple color that this seller also carries. The whole bag is only $7! The seller probably bought these supposedly primitive gourds at Home Goods and then split up the package for a wonderful profit. I know that is what the seller is in business for, but I feel ripped off.
On to second bad purchase. Cute pillow, right? I thought so, too when I ordered it. It is cute in pictures and looks like an actual grain sack with the writing added, but this is not well made. I cannot remember exactly how much I gave for it, but more than I should have. This is very flimsy and poorly filled.
See how thin it is. I thought it would be nicely stuffed. I could have made this. So just be careful of what you order sight unseen on line. This was purchased from one of those daily deal sites, but not One Kings Lane or Joss & Main. They only carry quality merchandise.
And here is a little peek at the start of some fall decorating.
And here she comes. Wow, they change so quickly. Now she is pushing this stroller. Still not walking on her own yet though, but she sure can crawl fast. She is home for the night and will be back in the morning.