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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

and then sometimes

When you are an antiques and vintage dealer you spend hours and hours sitting through auctions, scouring thrift stores, schlepping from yard sale to yard sale just to find special things to pass on to others. 

So many times you are disappointed. Auction items go too high to make a profit. The thrift store shelves are bare. The yard sales are filled with nothing but junk. 

But you keep on because that is what you do.

And then one day you walk into the thrift store and once again the shelves are bare, but



there it sits, alone on a shelf, as if to say I am here waiting. It is almost like there is a bright light shining on it, because it knows its value and so do you. Fortunately no one else knew so it was left sitting alone. 

You quickly pick it up and place it in your cart, and right after you do a woman sees it and says "oh wow, what a great find. Can I have it? ". Ummm, No.

That wonderful Catherineholm bowl is going home with me.



And it did and it is now in my shop. Because sometimes after all of those fruitless hours, you find that one special thing.



 

33 comments:

  1. Another lesson....sometimes you need to be quick and decisive! I usually wait. haha I have learned over the years not to go home and think about it! It won't be there when you go back! Hugs!

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    1. That is so true, Diane. If you really like it, someone else will, too. :)

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  2. That is just beautiful. I have a vintage kitchen so I love old pieces that fit the time of my 58 kitchen. Elaine @ http://www.sunnysimplelife.com/

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    1. This is a perfect piece for a mid century kitchen. I love the color.

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  3. What a great find! I don't know how many times I have looked at something in a Thrift Store/Goodwill and walked on by only to have someone watching grad it up. People are funny like that, good you didn't let it sit!

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    1. I knew as soon as I saw it what it was, so this was one time I wasn't going to let it sit :)

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  4. What a great find! The bowl is beautiful!

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  5. That is a very pretty bowl. You should've told that woman that she can now buy it from you! LOL.

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    1. I have a feeling she wanted to pay what I did for it :)

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  6. She actually asked!!! Wow. I have learned that when I see something and I'm not quite sure about it, it put it in the cart and then decide after a little while. It gives me time to inspect it away from the original aisle. And then there are times, when I kick myself for not picking up things. Great find from one dealer to another.

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    1. She was laughing when she asked. I think she knew I wasn't going to give it up. :)

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  7. And THAT'S the way diligence pays off - what a beautiful find!!!
    xox

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    1. Thanks, Suzan. It is just when you are ready to give up that something usually pops up.

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  8. Laura, You deserve that bowl :):) so funny the lady asked for it. It must be a good find. Some times my sister and I will look at things at the goodwill. I tell her there truly is a time that it is nothing but junk.LOL Hope you have a good day. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thanks, Susie. There are so many times that there is nothing but junk, but that's the fun of the thrill of the hunt.

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  9. So glad you found this super great bowl. Patience does pay off. It is awesome. Ha ha that the lady asked you for it.
    Kris

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    1. I think she was kicking herself that she hadn't gotten there 30 seconds sooner.

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  10. There is a thrill in finding a perfect piece isn't there.

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  11. I am one of those people that looks and looks. Most times I come home with a treasure. Persistence often pays off and this time you won!

    Cynthia

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  12. That is so right! Sometimes we feel like nothing is interesting for hours, but it's always worth to keep looking!

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    1. For those of us on the hunt, the wait is so worth it :)

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  13. Oh, I know exactly what you mean, Laura. There are days when the pickins are slim but other days, WOWSERS. Your bowl was found on a "wowser" day! Great find. Susan

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  14. So glad you found this! Do you ever see something in someone else's cart and think if I had been here 5 min sooner that would be mine? Crazy isn't it.

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  15. What a wonderful bowl, Laura. I love it when you run across things like that-xo Diana

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    1. Me too. For us thrifters there is nothing better :)

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  16. What a score!! The thrill of the hunt! I'm heading to an estate sale on Friday.

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    1. Good luck at your estate sale. Hope you find lots of treasures.

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  17. I had a similar experience at a disgusting garage sale--everything was icky except that one perfect cobalt blue Catrineholm lasagne pan. Suddenly the day seemed brighter!

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