"Hello, my name is Krix, and I'm an eBay addict...."
Actually, I'm a lot better now.
I started out just wanting to get some OOP (out of print) videos. But then I really needed that beautiful poster from Hamlet. I got a little crazy for a while there, it seemed like I always had a bid in on something.
And I am the type of person who really hates to lose, so I got very competitive with my bidding.
I remember the first time I was "sniped" I think it was for the script to Sweet November.
GAWD, I was pissed! I screamed and screamed and screamed.
I set boundries for myself.
No magazines or clippings.
No pictures unless they were different or "rare" (I got a couple of those black and white promos like they send to the press.)
No snowglobes or that kind of stuff, either.
A few of my "had to have" things were the Bill and Ted dolls, a really cool poster from Dogstar at the Fillmore, and Keanu's director's chair canvas from Feeling Minnesota.
I don't know why besides the fact that it's a one-of-a-kind type thing but I had to have that.
My "HOLY GRAIL" of Keanu memorabilia is his smiley-face jacket from Bogus Journey.
Every once in a while, some movie wardrobe comes up and for the most part it goes for WAY more than I am willing to spend.
Especially because I'm not looking for an "investment" that I am gonna frame or whatnot.
If I got a piece of clothing that had been in contact with him,....... fuck yeah, I'm gonna WEAR it.
So, one day, I'm searching eBay, not for Keanu, but for Bill and Ted....and I couldn't believe it.
The jacket was up for auction.
I call one of my closest keanuphile friends and say "Guess what's up for sale on eBay?"
She says, "The jacket...."
Many screams from each end of the line.
So I decide to bid on it. I email the seller and basically he tells me that it's one of SEVERAL from the movie, and was one that was rigged for some pyro effects. On closer inspection, I see that it has a couple holes and frankly wasn't all that well taken care of.
So basically it may or may not have actually been ON him....but at this point I'm already emotionally committed to the fact that the ONE thing that I REALLY REALLY want (or at least a facsimile of) could be mine.
I tried talking the seller into letting me have it for $100 above the starting bid and closing the auction early.
He wouldn't go for it.
So, I went ahead and bid....about 2 days before the end of the auction.
I checked it religiously....no bids....only me....things were looking good.
I only told a couple people what I was doing , and I hadn't told them the whole story that .."Well it may just be a stunt jacket" because it was INSANE of me to be paying so much for this thing, and I knew it.
As I watched the last minutes of the auction, refreshing the page over and over ......you guessed it.
OH, it was painful.
At least they were sporting enough to not do it in the last SECONDS so I had the chance to re-bid.
Which I stupidly did.
However, in the end..... I lost.
Now...... IF it had been a genuine Reeves' sweat-soaked one-of-a-kind loss, I have to say I would have been destroyed.
But after the initial personal insult of simply LOSING I have to say I was actually relieved.
It was quite a roller-coaster of emotions, though.
And now that I know that there are several of these jackets that exist, I hold out hope that someday I will have the chance to get a GENUINE Ted jacket.
What I REALLY want is the black and grey one that "dead" Ted wore.
Who knows where THAT is.
My eBaying has slowed down for the most part.
But I still keep an eye on the Keanu listings.
My weakness is for T-shirts. Either promo or crew ones, that aren't mass produced general public type things.
I just spent too much on a Replacements one today, but it'll be worth it when it comes it the mail.
| from inside the mind of krix at October 04, 2001 12:21 PM