Saturday, September 29, 2012
I Dropped By An Estate Sale This Afternoon Before Work Hoping To Pick Up What I Thought Would Be A Cheap Dining Table And Chairs. Sometimes A Little Bit Of Knowledge Can Be A Lot Of Trouble. Status: Estate Fail.
All I ended up buying was this. Two little pieces. I held a tiny bit of hope that a dining table shown in the online pics, one of the few interesting items at this sale, might still be available even though I made no effort to get there early. Well, it was still available...and probably still is.
I didn't think much of it, but the private estate sale sellers certainly did. I was surprised to
find the table and chairs still in the house when I walked in but I spotted a large note on it
and figured "ah ha...the sold tag". Nope. Not a sold tag but a big price tag for a huge
asking price! I can't remember exactly now but it was either $3200 or $3800...like it
matters either way. When I spotted the price I kinda chuckled a little and one of the sellers
asked me what I thought of the price. I told her I thought it was kinda optimistic and that
they'd have a REAL hard time selling it for that. I told her that I was only interested because
I had some similar armchairs and would have liked to ad them to this set. She asked what I
paid for the armchairs and well, it was A LOT less than three grand! She then went to get
another of the seller and asked me to tell repeat what I had told her. Suddenly I realized I
was in the middle. Was I up for this? No. I came to buy, not educate! I told the second
seller what I thought though, "It's Walnut, Vinyl and Formica (the top of the table is Formica!),
not Teak, Leather and Rosewood. Nobody's gonna shell out thousands for this. Just my
opinion. I could be wrong." She said that she had seen these chairs (Lawrence Peabody
for Richardson Nemschoff...they were tagged on the bottom) selling for like $800 each online.
I knew right then it was pointless to try to dissuade her. She had probably been to 1stDibs or
a similar site. It was too much trouble and I just didn't have the time. The set is probably still
there if anybody has more money than sense.
But I did manage to find a couple of smalls. It wasn't a totally wasted trip. I found these in
the basement. There was also a danish style lounge chair for $85 that had crushed cushions
and a "finished" finish but good bones...I just didn't have the wear with all to buy it at that price.
There was also a lot of nice original paintings in that decidedly "1960s" style of french street
scenes. I like that stuff but I didn't buy any of that either. I really was only hoping to pick up
the dining table and make a quick once through of the rest of the house. It was still fun. I like
to get my shop on before work sometimes!