Not just their mortal remains, but all their things that they bought, accumulated and collected over a lifetime.
You see, on Ebay, people will generally search for something for a relatively small range of reasons. Specific and useful items at a low cost. Such as shampoo, conditioner, perfume and make up. Then, some search for second hand clothes, shoes and furniture. Looking for something that is unique and, hopefully, cheaper than buying it in a store.
There are those who search for the unattainable. Or things that are so hard to find in any shop they may have been in many times. Dinky toys, vintage toys, collectible items, parts for old bikes or old editions of comics and other books. People who buy and sell these collectible goods know their stuff. These sorts of things get traded back and forth all the time and people constantly improve their collection.
Now and then though, one will search for items that generally only appear on Ebay when someone has died and their goods, not wanted by children or other relatives, get bought in bulk by a dealer who will sell it for profit. Maybe they have not died, but are too old to live in the home with all their familiar items and have to make decisions that involve getting rid of things they have had around them for a long time.
These things are not always particularly valuable, but they have a nostalgic feel about them because they remind one of things they had when young.
At the moment, things like retro kitchen ware that was bought in the 1960's are everywhere on Ebay. Bessemer plates, anodised cups and plastic picnic sets in little brown cases. Things that my mother would have bought new and enjoyed putting on the table at lunch time. Things that got hidden in the back of a kitchen cupboard and forgotten about until, one day, that person got old and either died or moved into a smaller place.
I am guessing that when lots of these sorts of items from a particular era suddenly appear on Ebay, it is maybe because a few more houses were emptied of unwanted personal items.
Perhaps I am reading more into it than there is. But, I recall that there was a stage where for ages and ages there was a huge amount of Bakelite, from the 1940's and 1950's and enamel ware appearing on Ebay. It appeared and was cheap as there was a lot of it around, then, it died off and soon became not as easy to find. Then, once in the hand of hungry collectors, the value increased.
Other times, you might suddenly see, from one dealer, an amount of new vintage Italian bedspreads or quilts for sale. Usually from the 1960's, popular in a young girl's glory box or given as a wedding present. Often Italian weddings are huge with many gifts given to the couple and many things that a girl had in her glory box go unused for decades so it is not rare to have lots of these "new" old pieces of linen appear online for sale now and then.
Well, I wonder what will be the next batch of goods flooding the Ebay market. I think lots of 1970's lifetime collections will soon appear. People who modernised their homes in the 70's perhaps? Now in a house too big to keep, or is not just dated, but needing so much work done it is more prudent to move out to a smaller place.
I just wonder about it all. Why people buy and sell. What is the motive behind it all.
Why do I have four sets of those Bessemer plates in my kitchen cupboard when one set is fine? But they remind me of being small and sitting at the table to eat from the orange plate. My sister had the red one. My dad did not care what he had. Maybe I bought four sets and thought that one day I might give a set to my brother and two sisters. I still want to buy some more. I want to own them and look at their bright colours and think about what cupboard they were kept in for years.
Why do I buy another Marcella bedspread when I have three already? But when I lie in bed and feel the weight of the thick white cotton, run my hands over the patterned, uneven surface of it I think about who owned it and how they washed it and ironed it and lay under it each night just as I do. Perhaps by owning more than one I feel that I am keeping something alive. I don't know.
Maybe I think too much about not very much.
Essentially, Ebay is just one big online shop. If you look at it in a practical manner.
I think of it as a trading place of people's lives.
Random ramblings here.