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My name is Kate, and I am desperately addicted to bidding for antiques on eBay

By Kate Jennings   February 2004

Three years ago I managed to give up smoking for 28 days. Nature abhors a vacuum, and so do addictions. About a week into my smoking hiatus, on a Saturday morning, my thoughts turned to chiming clocks. Mantel clocks. I’ve always liked them. My grandparents had one, and it was a comfort to me as a child, warding off loneliness and my conviction that snakes were wriggling their way into their little farmhouse through the laundry drainpipe. I loved the low chimes, the steady tick-tock. As New York antique stores are beyond my budget, I decided to check out eBay,…

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