Wednesday, August 21, 2013
If Your Gonna Have A (Vintage Modern) Bar Set Up In Your Living Room It Might Be A Good Idea To Class The Joint Up With a Couple Bottles If Wine. And How's Anybody Gonna See Those Classy Bottles Of Lambrusco If You Don't Got A Spiffy Wine Rack For To Display 'Em? Status: Painful Purchase.
What? That's right! I said it! Lambrusco. There, I said it again! Nothin' wrong with a little Riunite on ice...and a ham samwich. It's like Cool-aid for us Big Kids! But anyway, I got an early start towards work yesterday so I decided to stop by Treasure Aisle antique mall and kill a half hour.
Having an antique mall booth myself makes it a little tougher to buy from an antique mall
anymore. It's purely psychological I'm sure, but knowing that doesn't make it any easier. So
it was with a teeny bit of trepidation that I picked this up and carried it around with me still
looking in other booths. For real...how could I have resisted? It's a magnificent design in
chrome steel and leather AND it still had it's original tag intact! Like I coulda left it behind.
So why the "Painfull Purchase" status you might ask. Well, I placed this Linearius Wine
Works Cellar Rack on the counter to purchase and the fella behind the register looked away
from his phone just long enough to tear that Original Tag off the piece. "That's Not The. .."
was all I could get out before he had the tag in his mitts and a confused look on his
face...which much to his credit quickly turned to sorrow and shame. He knew right away
how disappointed I was and made amends price wise, but a couple of bucks won't ever put
that tag, which had probably been on this wine rack for 40 or more years, back together.
Just as aside, this is the booth I pulled...neah, RESCUED the wine rack from! This booth has
been this big of a mess since I can remember and I've always wondered how they make
ANY money since you can't hardly get to anything in there. But now, here I am buying
something from them! I guess it was bound to happen. So here's my real question: say that
wine rack was some important mid century piece and worth a lot by itself...but like you see
on Antiques Roadshow, it's value increases exponentially with that tag intact. What liability
would that clerk face in having diminished the piece's value by tearing the tag off? Keep in
mind that I hadn't yet purchased it and that the vendor is selling at an under valued price.