So I Bought Bella and Edward’s Wedding Candles…

It was a typical Friday afternoon. I was faffing around on the Internet working hard when I came across a website where you can buy old props and costumes from the movies.

I was checking out signed scripts from Ghostbusters when I noticed it. A sidebar ad, advertising a special auction of props and costumes from the Twilight movie.

I clicked. You know, just to have a look.

I’ll confess to loving a bit of Twilight. I read the books. And watched all the movies. Even the ones that were SUPER bad. I was intrigued to see what they’re selling. The answer is – they were selling everything that wasn’t nailed down.

It was hilarious.

You would not BELIEVE some of the things that you could buy. Sure there were costumes from key characters, and major props like engagement rings, wall art and the like. But some of the stuff? Was completely random.

Bella’s bedding (sale price: $1600). The blood-stained shirt Edward wore when he used his vampire fangs to deliver his own baby ($700). Or how about Bella’s bedroom curtains? (just $400). Mike Newton’s high school diploma? ($250). How about three movie tickets for Face Punch, the fake movie that Bella saw on her date with Mike ($1000. EACH).

Flea and I had an hour to kill between a hockey match and a coaching session on Friday afternoon. We sat in a coffee shop, and I was showing her the auction. We wondered what the cheapest item was to buy.

“Let’s find the cheapest thing there is, and buy it,” said Flea.

“We could but there’s three hours left to go,” I said. “Loads of people bid at the very last-minute for these sort of things.” 

“I dare you…” 

We decided to bid on something. Just for a laugh.

The cheapest item in the auction at that point was a set of three candlestick holders from Edward and Bella’s wedding table. They were currently at $150. The minimum bid was $200.

candles

“Let’s do it.”

Bid placed, we headed back to hockey.

A few hours later, I was about to go to bed when I realised the auction was probably closed. I loaded up the website and realised there was 40 minutes left. And at $200 I was still the high bidder.

At this point, it occurred to us both that we might actually end up buying the candlesticks. Just in case, I clicked on the “get a shipping estimate” button. “I bet it’s going to cost like a hundred dollars,” I joked to Flea.

The shipping cost wasn’t $100.

Nope. Actually, in the event I actually ended up buying these candles it would cost me FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS to ship them to the UK.

Oh shit.

How could it possibly be so expensive? I buy stuff from the US all the time and I’ve never paid anything like that for shipping. I looked a bit more closely at the photo of the candlesticks.

Oh.

I thought they were 20 centimetres tall. Nope. 20 inches. 20. Sodding. Inches.

They’re gigantic bloody table centerpieces.

The way these auction sites work is that a) you provide your credit card number upfront; and b) you can’t withdraw a bid.

It’s fine. Somebody else will bid. Somebody else is bound to bid. They have to bid. Right?

Half an hour later I’m in bed, watching the clock count down on the auction. Two minutes to go, and I’m still the high bidder. 90 seconds. 65 seconds.

64 seconds before the auction ended, a message flashed up: “You have been outbid.”

Honestly, I can’t rationally explain what happened next. You know that scene in Twilight where Edward explains what happens when a vampire tastes blood? It was a bit like that: “A sort of frenzy begins and it’s almost impossible to stop”

Suffice to say, I’ve learned two things about myself this weekend:

  1. I have a problem with competitiveness.
  2. I can never, ever be allowed near an Internet auction again.

As I watched the clock counting down the last 30 seconds of the auction, a little voice in my head shouted, “I DON’T THINK SO, MOFO.” 

I added another bid.

“Congratulations, you have won this lot!” 

Oh Dear God, what have I done?

The downside of this situation is that I now have to pay a quite frankly ludicrous amount of money to ship three enormous candlestick holders across the Atlantic.

The upside is that Flea’s wedding (and she HAS to have one now, I don’t care who it’s to) is going to have a SUPER unique table centrepiece. Then at least I’ll know I got my money’s worth.

wedding candlesticks

About 

Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

31 Comments

  1. 20th November 2017 / 9:31 am

    That amount of money is insane, what did you bid in the end? You left that out haha. How cool though when Flea does get married to have an awesome retro centrepiece from a romantic moment in cinematic history.

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Oh goodness, I can’t think about the total, I might start to feel faint.

  2. 20th November 2017 / 10:16 am

    This is the best thing I’ve read on the internet all month and it’s totally something I would do!

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:07 pm

      So glad it’s not just me!

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:07 pm

      Snort.

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:07 pm

      Proud face.

  3. 20th November 2017 / 11:15 am

    Oh my goodness this is like something I would do. My most insane late night purchase was £177 worth of crap from Wish. I still keep getting random things turn up that I’m questioning my sanity for buying

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:07 pm

      How can you even spend that much at Wish??? hilarious.

  4. 20th November 2017 / 11:21 am

    You do realise that I have been waiting over on Twitter for TWO DAYS? Biting my nails. Refusing to eat. Not sleeping. Congratulations, now – stay away from the auctions, whatever will you end up with next?!
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    • 21st November 2017 / 12:06 pm

      I am never ever going to an online auction ever again.

  5. 20th November 2017 / 11:46 am

    Only you would do this! Fricking hilarious, Sally. Where will you store it in the mean time? Or do plan to have it on display?

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:05 pm

      Depends how big it is 🙂

  6. 20th November 2017 / 12:03 pm

    This has made my morning! Have you decided where they are going to live until Flea’s big day….? May the candlesticks bring you much love and joy x

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:04 pm

      Honestly, I’m going to have to wait until they arrive and see how huge they actually are. Gulp.

  7. 20th November 2017 / 12:15 pm

    I love this! My friend recently “won” Rob Morgan’s headstone from the TV show “Stella”. At least it makes a great Halloween prop! As well as using them for Flea’s wedding you could also hire them out for weddings and events? You might even make your money back eventually.

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:03 pm

      I’m thinking there are a lot of Twilight themed social events in our future.

  8. 20th November 2017 / 12:27 pm

    This is hilarious! I can’t believe you did that, I bet Flea is in stitches! x

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:03 pm

      She laughed so hard she almost strained something.

  9. 20th November 2017 / 10:05 pm

    OMG you crazy lady! Only you could do this. Lol. Made me giggle though. Perhaps it would be better to fly over and pick them up yourself? At least you’d then get a holiday out of it? x
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    • 21st November 2017 / 12:02 pm

      Totes should have thought of that earlier.

  10. 20th November 2017 / 10:38 pm

    Or you could get married- it doesn’t have to be flea!!

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:02 pm

      Bit extreme. But worth considering.

  11. 20th November 2017 / 11:33 pm

    Oh my word, I’m sat here crying with laughter. My husband asked what was up and now I’m trying to read it to him and I can’t. It’s just too funny. I’m not sure what it says about me that I totally get it. What is the name of the site? Asking for a friend….

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:02 pm

      Prop Shop or Prop Store or something. I don’t know, but I can never go back.

  12. 21st November 2017 / 11:08 am

    I actually don’t know what to say! I think you should just not wait for the wedding, and have them on your table for Christmas lunch. That’s an instagram post I’d love to see!

    • 21st November 2017 / 12:01 pm

      You’re struck silent with wonder and awe, I can tell.

  13. 21st November 2017 / 2:22 pm

    OMG! $500 for shipping! I hope you’ve bought the flight and going to pick them up personally for that amount. I know I would!

  14. 27th November 2017 / 12:18 pm

    After reading this, I was literally laughing to myself…only you can carry off this remarkable post in an interesting way! kudos!

  15. 27th November 2017 / 3:55 pm

    This is awesome and made me laugh so much. I love these and would totally have done the same. You need to bring these out for every occasion. What a story, they have x

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