In My eBay China Shop

Flash Fiction 55, Funsterment, Photography, Poetry | Posted by Jannie on 10 October 2013 @ 6:57 PM 38 Comments


after he silently
perused my finest
wares for something
worthy of his wife for
their anniversary

— the 1960s
Bavarian “harvest
party” ensemble,


the 1950s
Sascha Brastoff
art pottery coffee




and the antique
robin’s egg blue
tall rare demitasse
lined with gold,


all he could
say was…

“Nice jugs!”


And that was 55 words, right?? :)


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  • 1

    On 10 October 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Nara Malone said, 

    Lololol so funny. Gorgeous pictures too. I was so taken by the photography the end caught me totally by surprise.

  • 2

    On 10 October 2013 at 7:35 pm

    G-Man said, 

    Jannie Funster…
    You know I’m beaming with delight as I type this.
    And you know why. (Because I’ve missed you)
    I love your jugs too!!!
    But especially, the demi-tasse…:P
    A visual stunner Sistah.
    Loved your China 55
    Thanks for playing, you are missed terribly.
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End

  • 3

    On 10 October 2013 at 7:36 pm

    G-Man said, 


  • 4

    On 10 October 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Margaret said, 

    Jannie Funster – 55 words are not hard to come by!! Missed you and this is hysterical. I really like your jugs too!

  • 5

    On 10 October 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Talon said, 

    I’d love to browse in your China Shop, Jannie! :) xxxooo

  • 6

    On 10 October 2013 at 8:03 pm

    brian miller said, 

    ha. nice jugs indeed….smiles….i like the diner bowls…i like my bowls solid not fragile…just in case you know…smiles.

  • 7

    On 10 October 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Lynn said, 

    That’s funny. :) Love those diner bowls!

  • 8

    On 10 October 2013 at 8:28 pm

    cloudia said, 

    Diner bowls speak to me!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^= <3

  • 9

    On 10 October 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Mary said, 

    This was very fun. I like the jugs, but wouldn’t turn away anything from your China shop.

  • 10

    On 10 October 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    It’s a matter of taste. Or lack there of.

  • 11

    On 10 October 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Nara Dearest, I actually wrote this one backwards. Had the last picture, had the last line and worked it from there. :)

    G-Beamer Dearest, I beam too. That demi arrived in Moscow 2 days ago. Its new owner had to write me a poem to be able to bid on it!! Longstory on that another poem!! :) I love my jugs too. I’ve priced them ridiculously high to start so I can hang onto them a while longer to gaze upon from my laptop. At least I get to keep the picture! Should frame it and place it where the jugs are after they’re gone. :) Oh, spoofed on the Jenga as Nara was in comment “mooderation” mode.

    Darling Margaret, I’m fulfilling my once-a-month goal to play tho, aren’t I? Yeah, they’re nice jugs, warm and earthy!! :) Yep…

    Talon, still waiting for you to show up at my door with some already-brewed tea and whole wheat carrot muffins. We’ll imbibe and munch as you witness all my lovely wares in person!!

    Yes, Brian, nice solid diner bowls, 1/2″ thick, at least. They weigh about 2lbs each, and hold just 8 oz each. Too heavy to wear a la coconut shell bra, tho…:)

    Lynnie, aren’t those bowls cute?! Really takes you back to an earlier time. I like the style of ladies’ shoes in the 40s too. And the hair — at least what I’ve seen in the movies.

    Cloudia! Come on over and we’ll sit on the back deck drinking margaritas and swilling my home made chicken tortilla veggie soup out of them bowls! Not that I’ve ever made that kind of soup, but I can and would! We’d have to wear our fedoras. :)

    Dearest Mary, I shall miss all those items a bit forever, especially the Bavarian set, had it around the longest. The gold on it is exquisite and pristine, the photo is not lit the best to show it. Still, the color is great. Yes, please come to my china ship, and shop, :) soon!!

    Hey Alice-Audrey, to each man his own china. Hard to believe that just a year ago I had no idea of what Capodimonte was. What is YOUR china or pottery style? I like all of the above.

    And toodle-oooooooo.


  • 12

    On 11 October 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Teresa said, 

    Haha! Nice dishes. I can see why someone would admire your jugs. They are quite nice.

  • 13

    On 11 October 2013 at 5:07 pm

    grapeling said, 

    I’m a fan of jugs.. Yours certainly make me smile ~ M

  • 14

    On 12 October 2013 at 6:45 am

    G.B. Miller said, 

    Funny, funny, funny. πŸ˜€

  • 15

    On 14 October 2013 at 6:55 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie – what a great collection … and fun to see too – then to think of the stories behind them .. or in the future – the Sasha Brastoff mugs I covet!

    Great take on the china shop – I thought you were going to say the cats had gone through them like a dose of salts .. thankfully I see not!

    Cheers – and happy week .. Hilary

  • 16

    On 16 October 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Hey Teresa, I never thought much of that style, but those jugs have kinda grown on me. wait, NO pun intended on that, I swear!! :)

    Hey Grapeling, sorry I’ve not gotten over to your blog yet. you’re on my list! Been working on my music, and working at eBay more than blogging of late. Always great to see you.

    Hey G.B.M. :) :) :)

    Hey Hilary!! Yes, I fell in love with the Brastoff set. The pot is very tall, like 15″. If I ever run across one of his mugs again, I shall send it to YOU! Very few and far between, tho. Actually, the cats are very good about not bothering anything in my shop. Not so much as kittens, tho, I had some breakage in their earlier days. BIG, BIG hugs to you and hope to be out to see you soon.


  • 17

    On 16 October 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Sara said, 


    You had me going the entire time and then I got to end. Oh, typical and wonderful Jannism poem. I laughed so hard. By the way, the “antique robin’s egg blue,
    butterfly-handled tall rare demitasse lined with gold” was to die for:~) OMG that’s such a beautiful piece:~)

    It’s so nice to visit and have a new post to read. How’s Kelly doing with the Gymnastics? I watched the World Cup? Gymnastics on TV. It was very impressive.

    Have a great rest of your week:~)

  • 18

    On 16 October 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Jannie said, 

    I’m a little bit naughty, tho, aren’t I, Sara? :)

    That demitasse has launched 1,000,000 ships, with more to go. :)

    With gymnastics our Kelly is doing FABULOUSLY! She has just got her glide to kip handstand on the bars, beats every one’s butts at push-ups, and is giving it all her typical 110% — all while making her team-mates smile. I have not yet watched all the recent recent World Cup, but when I meet Simone Biles I wanna give her a big ‘ol hug! She’s just so awesome and sweet.

    It IS majorly impressive what these gymnasts are able to do these days! I’m wondering if one of these gals is going to do a triple on vault? McKayla well could. Or Kelly! :)

    Yep, Kelly’s still liking it. She made it from the recreational to the team gym a little “late” (at the old age of 10) :) but is more than making up for it in how quickly she is improving. She says no matter how hard it gets she does not want to quit. Last night she told me “If I ever am serious about quitting, I’ll at least wait until the season is over because I know how much money you have to pay, Mom, for all my tuition, meet fees, apparel, travel expenses, camps and such.” Smart girl, and conscientious too!!! :) :)

    Love you, Sara!!


  • 19

    On 17 October 2013 at 12:14 am

    Kora-Leah Finchol Wilson said, 

    hi, awesome poetry and photos,

    long time not seeing,
    i posted a comment on your videos and friends,

    also, thanks for including jingle in your circle of friends,

    the link is:, not yanqui, also the blogger originally intends to use yanqui, but she got a typo and ends up with yanqiu,

    many thanks, bless your life and your family, kelly is cool.


  • 20

    On 17 October 2013 at 10:53 pm

    SnaggleTooth said, 

    Very cute! N got a giggle out of me-
    I have some matching, old bone china teacups, saucers, n plates- Imported French Provincial I think, with Roses, red n green, n gold leaf. I just wonder if they’d fetch a decent price on EBay, or if they sell too cheap- Would I get a few hundred or 50 bucks? Too bad my machine can’t deal with Ebay!
    Bet the stuff is tough to pack without breaking in transit too!
    Your store goods pics are good- I want them all!

  • 21

    On 17 October 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    I like them all. Probably the the 1950s Sascha Brastoff art pottery coffee best. And then… um… *blush* the jugs. πŸ˜‰

  • 22

    On 18 October 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Chris Edgar said, 

    Look but don’t touch — because, you know, it’s fragile china. On another photo — a Hopper? Is that sort of the equivalent of a Flapper from the Roaring ’20s? My favorite is actually the Brastoff, which I think I would particularly enjoy drinking Miso Soup out of, as sacrilegious as that may sound. Anyway, that’s my long-winded way of appreciating the post.

  • 23

    On 19 October 2013 at 12:22 am

    Jannie said, 

    Well, here is a blast from my blogging past, miss Jingle from the mountains. Welcome back. Now, Kora-Leah Finchol Wilson — that is quite a name! Sounds very Southern Belle to me.

    Snaggle, your teacups and saucers sound divine! You and I must have tea from them before you sell them (if ever you sell them.) And we’ll have to sip the tea with some very fine pastries on the side, being sure to keep bagels in the freezer in case we drop heavy things on our toes, oy. :) Well, my experience is the older and in better shape your items are, especially the ones with brand marks on the bottoms (back stamps,) the more they can fetch. Of course, the economy makes it a buyer’s market in general these days. Picasso is hot right now. You got any of his stuff for sale? :) Chances are you do have a little china trove, tho. Sounds like nice stuff!! Yes, I have to charge quite a bit for shipping china. I did have a few things break in my first eBay days, but I know how to bubble wrap and double-box really well now.

    Hey Alice Audrey, yeah I like them all too. Surprised how I am enjoying the rustic jugs. Mom’s jugs are even nicer than mine. Older, some came from a house that used to be on the back hill of our property, one of Dad’s great (great?) grand uncles, or something like that. I did just fall in love with the Brastoff again seeing it in scrolling down to these comments. :)

    Chris, good nite! I gotta get to sleep, holy cow. Kelly has to be at the gym by 7:00 a.m. cyal8r!! I’ll be back to torture you with a comment reply sooner than later.


  • 24

    On 19 October 2013 at 9:41 am

    Dr. J said, 

    I like ceramics! Over the years I’ve bought pottery at our local art shows. I also make hand built sculptures, but I’ve never worked on a wheel. Watching someone else do it is fascinating!

    Yours are charming!

  • 25

    On 19 October 2013 at 10:34 am

    LL Cool Joe said, 

    Haha. Well I hope you sold your jugs for a good price and to someone who will handle them with tender loving care. πŸ˜€

  • 26

    On 20 October 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Jannie said, 

    So, Chris… :) Yes, and please don’t even touch the photo of my china on your computer screen — you could break it. The china, I mean. Ironically, or I think moreso weirdly, in the over a year now since china has become a mainstay of my eBay wares, I had not broken a single piece until a few days ago. Yes, the scratch-free Royal Doulton mint oval 14″ white platter has bit the dust. Speaking of miso, you know it’s teeming with little living things, as are yogurt, cheese and our eyelids, right? (hope you’re not eating lunch as you read this.) :) But moving right along… I can hear early bossa nova playing when I look at the Brastoff, do you!!?? :)

    So Dr. J… :) Kelly had a cheap wheel Santa brought one year — what a total waste of $20.00! That was my only experience with a potters wheel. She did get to take a couple of art camps where pottery was a component and she really liked the whole experience. yes, I remember seeing some of your amazing sculptures on your blog — very talented you are!! A scalpel and chisel — same art, eh? :) I do miss the Brastoff but am comforted in knowing some other appreciator has it now — and they gave me some $$$ for it!

    So, Joey-Joe… :) :) I actually still have the jugs at the same starting price they began at a couple weeks ago, put them ridiculously high, because sometimes you never know who’s looking for and / or collecting what. I am about to go through my current 147 auctions and reduce prices depending on the amount of views and watchers on each. Then I’ve got that new shoe shipment to assess, inventory and put up.

    But first back to my song until 2:30.


  • 27

    On 21 October 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Linda said, 

    What a nice little ditty. I love that last line. I’ve got some of those jugs around somewhere that my parents collected. Sorry to be so long getting around. Time flies! Have a great week.

  • 28

    On 26 October 2013 at 12:06 pm

    brian miller said, 

    happy saturday jannie!
    how all is well with you and the fam…

  • 29

    On 26 October 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Sweet Linda — hi!!! Sorry I took so long to get around to you too — seems to be a blogger’s way of life to “fall behind” visiting. Actually, we are never behind, but right on track as all unfolds beautifully in this great gift of life we’re given. Oooh, I’d love to see those jugs you speak of. I’ve developed a great fondness in the past year of my eBay store for well made and artistic ceramic, pottery and porcelain pieces of any style. Like a good song — a well-made art piece lives on.

    Hey, Bri thanks for popping back in. I actually got out and commented on like, 5 blogs this morning, whoohoo!! Yes, things going great with me and the fam. Did all my eBay packing and shipping done and out for Postie’s pick-up, after sleeping in until 9:30… as Kelly and her gym mates actually had today off from training!!!! Usually she has to be at gym at 7:00 on Saturdays. Work hard, but enjoy a break now and then too — good way to go! :) She and her dad are actually out at an estate sale right now, and apparently she’s already bought 3 items with a small business loan from him, to start her own eBay account to finance the newest iPhone she wants — the 5-C. A green one with a white case — all she’s talked about since last night and our family meeting towards a way for her to finance the phone purchase and monthly service. And I don’t even have an iPhone anymore!! :) Kids these days. :) I’m sure your 2 already either have smart phones or are salivating to get them. :) Happy day to you and your wonderful family too.


  • 30

    On 29 October 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Ravenblack said, 

    Lovely collection shown here. :) Just dropping by to say hi. :)

  • 31

    On 31 October 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    You still have them? So he didn’t buy them.

  • 32

    On 2 November 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Lovely Raven thanks for being here!!

    AA, Yep, I still at this moment have the 5 jugs! You never know who wants what, so I put the price very high at first. Gonna slash it next week.


  • 33

    On 10 November 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Mary said, 

    Really loved your photos, Jannie; and your 55 was most enjoyable to read!

  • 34

    On 11 November 2013 at 9:28 am

    Jannie said, 

    Hi Mary!!! You rock!! xooxoxoxoxxo

  • 35

    On 24 November 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Alice Audrey said, 

    So are they actually on eBay, or just a perpetual yard sale?

  • 36

    On 25 November 2013 at 12:57 am

    Jannie said, 

    Yes, these are some of my REAL eBay items. All the stuff I sell gets mailed away. Once in a while I’ll have a local pick something up, if they don’t have to drive too far it can save them the shipping.

    Oh, I totally forgot to x and o you in those last two comments, didn’t i?




  • 37

    On 28 December 2013 at 12:16 am

    Alice Audrey said, 

    Aww. XO you back. :)

  • 38

    On 30 December 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Jannie said, 

    Ahhh, thanks Alice Audrey, means a lot. Actually, more than u could ever know. xooxoxo

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