Rob Ford started putting all sorts of crap (sorry, “memorabilia”) from his office on eBay last week, but it doesn’t get any better than the latest thing up for bid: the very tie he wore when he finally admitted to smoking crack. Ford’s description of the tie on eBay doesn’t specifically mention the item’s historical significance, but it’s unmistakable. The tie is covered in football logos that date it to the mid-nineties, so for it not to be the actual crack tie would mean Ford somehow owns more than one identical 20-year-old piece of novelty neckwear. Granted, he’s a frugal man, so it’s possible. (The description does note, though, that “there is only one of these in existence.”) The bidding is up to $2,125.
In an effort to connect eBay fanatics with local boutiques across Canada, the website has launched Boutiques on eBay, a virtual space that carries small capsule collections from select shops for short periods of time (its spring collaboration was with popular Queen West boutique Coal Miner’s Daughter). For the month of September, eBay will be peddling merchandise from Ossington boutique Crywolf and Queen West baby store This Little Piggy. Crywolf’s online inventory will include a selection of silk-screened shirts, including a baseball top depicting the shop’s signature cheeky fox. From This Little Piggy, parents can pick up adorable handmade Ollie Jones leggings and graphic tees from Mini Souls (some of which also feature a fox, for those who’d like to match their offspring). In the true bargain-hunting spirit of eBay, all products will be priced under $40.
Sept. 2-Sept. 30., ebay.ca/boutiquess14
As any charitable organization is well aware, stuff becomes more valuable when celebrities scrawl their names on it—even pickles, or nuts, or the kind of junk that’s usually squirreled away at the back of kitchen drawers. Case in point: Community Food Centres Canada and Bernardin (a Canadian company that makes home-canning supplies) have teamed up for a fundraising initiative called Jars from the Stars. They’ve commissioned 45 local chefs, TV personalities and politicians to throw some objects into autographed Mason jars, which are currently being auctioned off over eBay. The contents of the jars include all kinds of stuff: a beaded necklace from Marilyn Denis, tour paraphernalia from Barenaked Ladies bassist Jim Creeggan and various non-perishables (pickled asparagus from Jaime Kennedy, for instance, and a bunch of pistachios from Jian Ghomeshi). Bidding began earlier this week and runs until June 26.
For those who missed out on bagging 50-cent signage during Honest Ed’s sale on Monday (or those who waited in vain in the enormous line), you can still purchase a little piece of the discount retailer on eBay. But not on the cheap: the gaudy hand-painted ads are currently going for hundreds of dollars. The most absurdly priced is a selection of three signs, including Christmas tree and fleecewear promotions, that are listed for over $600. Granted, the seller waited in line “for hours” and they’re each signed by David Mirvish. But considering their original retail price—which was under $5 each—the markup seems a bit high. Apparently so is demand: that one post has already generated five offers.
A guy in Nova Scotia is hocking a battered piece of wood on eBay that he claims is the world’s oldest hockey stick. Apparently, it was hand-carved from sugar maple between 1835 and 1838, which would make the thing almost 180 years old. Dubbed The Moffat Stick, for the original owners in the 1800s (the initials W.M. are engraved by the base), there’s an entire website devoted to its history and research. In the video above from the Discovery Channel, just talking about the stick nearly brings owner Mark Presley to tears. He calls it “a wondrous survivor” and an “extremely rare treasure,” but he’s decided that it deserves a “better setting” than he can give it. (That, or he just needs some cash). Hockey enthusiasts who’d like to own this piece of Canadian history will currently have to shell out over $11,000 to snag it on eBay.
There are only three weeks left until Christmas. For all we know, Rob Ford‘s mayoralty could collapse even sooner than that, perhaps under the weight of new outrageous allegations. That’s why it’s imperative to stock up on Ford-related gifts before either the mayor or the holiday season is utterly finished. Here, our guide to all the best Rob Ford merchandise available this December, whether you have $7 to spend or $700,000.
Last week, we told you about a T-shirt printed with a Rob Ford caricature and signed by Margaret Atwood that was up for sale on eBay. (It was a ploy to raise funds and attract attention to Fanado, a start-up Atwood founded that helps fans connect with artists). In the final hours of the auction yesterday, the bidding jumped from $85 (US) to several thousand dollars—in the end the T-shirt ended up selling for a staggering $7,100 (US). Atwood may not be a big fan of the mayor, but it looks like she’s found a way to benefit from his hijinks. [eBay]
Ever dream of sporting a caricature of Rob Ford flipping the bird, autographed by Margaret Atwood? The opportunity to do just that has arrived, thanks to an eBay user working on behalf of Atwood who is selling a T-shirt signed by the author and frequent Ford critic. The one-of-a-kind shirt is emblazoned with a striking image of the mayor (which we recognize from Atomic Toybot’s Ford-themed art show this spring), and the sale is a ploy to get attention and cash for Fanado, a start-up Atwood founded that helps fans connect to their favourite artists. The shirt has already attracted at least a few interested bidders and currently stands at $255 (US). Unfortunately, most people—including Ford himself—will not be able to sport the rare design, as it only comes in small. [eBay]
It’s July 17 and there’s an extreme heat advisory, but eBay Canada picked today to announce its plans for the holiday season, which include collaborations with seven well-known designers: Billy Reid, Chris Benz, Fallon, Jonathan Adler, Ruffian, Steven Alan and Tibi. Each brand will produce limited edition gifts ranging in price from $50 to $100, and eBay will sell the resulting men’s and women’s apparel, jewellery, travel accessories and home décor online, with no shipping fees anywhere in Canada. Could this be a Canadian response to Target and Neiman Marcus’s buzzy designer holiday collection?
When Kobo was bought by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten back in November, CEO Michael Serbinis said it now had the backing to aggressively compete with the e-reader big boys. It seems he was right: Kobo has just announced it’s venturing out into 100 brick-and-mortar bookstores across the U.K. The plan will see 100 Kobo-branded shops placed inside WHSmith stores, and mirrors moves by e-retailing giants like Amazon, Samsung and eBay. (Of course, Kobo readers can already be found in Indigo stores in Canada since the company began life under the aegis of the super-chain.) We love that a scrappy, inexpensive Canadian tablet is doing so well—but it does make us a little sad that that other one is just limping along. [Toronto Star]
First hair, now footwear—Justin Bieber’s belongings seem to be quite a hit on the charity circuit these days. The Biebs recently donated a single Nike sneaker, in his signature purple, of course, to Stratford Northwestern Secondary School. The proceeds from the auction will help Bieber’s former school raise money for a broadcasting and communications studio (which couldn’t be more fitting). The size 7 1/2 sneaker features a few scuffs and some gravel and dirt, as well as a scrawled black autograph. In case anyone questioned the authenticity of the shoe, it comes complete with a letter attesting to its authenticity. The singular shoe sold on eBay for $5,500, a price that plummeted from $12, 400 on the last day. Apparently, some of the higher bids weren’t legitimate. Leave it to those over-enthusiastic beliebers.