Sunday, September 29, 2013
So, This Teak Deck Chair Was My Only Consolation Prize From Last Thursday Morning's Estate Auction Debacle. Even This Score Was Bittersweet. Status: Still A Score.
Pretty cool chair, right?! Obviously it's Scandinavian, but there are no marks or labels anywhere on it! It's finer than any of the Yugoslavian knock off stuff I've come across. Still, it's a mystery!
So yeah, I got to the sale Thursday morning plenty early for the preview, registered for my bid
number and started looking around for those Niels Koefoed chairs that I showed you a couple of
days ago. When I couldn't find them I knew the day was going to go down hill quick. I checked
twice (it was early...I might have missed them) just to be sure they were not in the house and then
asked the Midas Touch Estate Sales people about them. They said they were in the basement. I
informed them that they weren't. They said, maybe the garage? Nope again, then they said that
the family must have taken them.
We found one of the family members who was at the sale and asked him where the chairs might be
located. He said his brother had taken them five days earlier and had informed the staff of Midas
Touch Estate Sales. By my logic that means that Midas Touch Estate Sales had five days to remove
the photos of the chairs from the ad they had placed on Estatesales.net. That they didn't means they
messed up...as much as they'd like to palm the culpability off on the family (which did, in my humble
opinion, cheat Midas Touch Estate Sales sale company out of the commission they would have
gleaned from the sale of the chair set).
Even after the bitter disappointment of being denied the option to buy the chairs I decided to stick
around for a set of walnut nesting side tables but when those hit $35 I bowed out which left me little
hope for getting the teak deck chair. The deck chair was in the far end of the basement which
relegated it to the end of the auction. I was patient and spent the time playing on my phone trying
to ID the thing...with no luck.
Finally after about an hour and fourty five minutes they got to the chair. The bidding started so low
($2.50) that it threw me from my game. After a few back and forth dollar raises I was done messing
about and tossed out a real bid to get this game started. And that's where it ended. Really? I thought
for sure the buyer of the nesting tables was going to go to the mat with me over this chair! Nope. It
was over and done with in seconds and I walked out of the basement a little less pissed! But still
pissed. Getting this so cheap means I might have gotten those Niels Koefoed chairs stupid cheap