Tuesday, September 18, 2012
So Looks Like There's Some Modtomic "Haters" Lurking 'Round Here Waiting For A Reason To Pipe Up. It's All Good! All Opinions Are Welcome...And Here, Perhaps, Is Some More Fodder. Status: Lighting Fail
This obviously amazing danish style light fixture popped up on craigslist over the weekend, late Friday night I believe, and I immediately shot off and e-mail about it. Not having been listed as anything special (no keywords like "Mid Century, Danish, Eames Era") I figured I'd have a pretty good shot at picking it up Saturday morning and I was right! I got a call from the seller early Saturday morning, got the address and tooled right over to pick it up! Sweet!
Yeah, Sweet! But, if you remember nothing else from reading this today, know this: no good
deed goes unpunished. The seller asked only $15 each or $25 for both of two different
fixtures that he was selling out of a tear down property. I hadn't looked at the ad since the
night before and I got it in my head that he was asking $25 each and after seeing the second
fixture and realizing that it would probably end up in a dumpster I decided to take both. I
pulled a 50 from my pocket to pay the guy and he said they were only $25 for both...but
c'mon, look at that danish style pendant light, I knew it was worth MUCH more by itself.
I gave him the $50 for both and he just kinda shrugged and gladly accepted the extra dough.
I figured my craigslist Karma could use the boost after my piss and moan session a few days ago.
But just moments after paying the gentleman and making my way back to the car, disaster. I
was being SO careful! I was gently laying the fixture in the back of the car when one of the
glass pendants lazily rolled about a half inch over and gingerly tapped another pendant. It
was so surreal. It barely made any sound. I only knew it happened because I saw the big
hole left in it's wake! I was so stunned it took me a good ten seconds to get pissed. "Did
that sh*t REALLY just happen?!?!" Yes, Mr. Modtomic...yes indeed, it certainly did. How
sad is that? That fixture had probably been hanging in that house for 50 - 60 years without
damage. I take possession and it's destroyed inside of a minute! Now of course I'm going
to hang onto it and see if I can find a matching pendant, but if after a while I can't...it'll get
parted out and live on bringing life back to it's brothers and sisters out there in the greater
vintage modern landscape.
This one made it home unscathed. Way not as interesting but I couldn't leave it behind.
Surely someone will need this for there more conservative dining space. I'll either put it
in my booth space or have Momtomic put it in hers, if she thinks it'll sell in hers. It's got
a cool shape and I like the dimensionality of the clear glass.