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So, the last post was apparently unclear. My Forester is the one with the brake issues, her truck has light issues. Brakes will be fixed as soon as I have money (next paycheck). Until then...well, we'll see.

Today Duchezz drove us to the Antique Show. We met delcavallo and KH for breakfast, and were later joined by the Lock family (Silver- and Raven-). We exercised great restraint, and only bought a few things (linen handkerchiefs with hand work, strawberry themed items for the kitchen, and replaced some mixing bowls from the iconic Pyrex set my mother bought in the 50's). Oh. And a bear. Tiny, unique, I think handmade, but I'll have to check more closely. For the price it was fine to just pick it up and check later. Duchezz bought herself a sterling silver die.

It was an interesting experience. I don't know that much about such things, but the things I do know about (like collectable stuffed animals) I suspect was a microcosm for what goes on with all other items. Case in point--two small Stieff critters. One, a Cocker Spaniel, was in beautiful shape, but missing the Stieff button. $45. The second, a small bear, roughly the same size (and similar to my beloved one from my childhood, but 6 years younger), same quality, also missing the button. $135.

The spaniel is rarer. Both are missing the button. No Stieff, sans button, in that size, in that quality, should be more than $60. It's all about the button. So, one honest merchant, one ripoff artist.

That said, there was some remarkably fine stuff there, including a $4000 vase that was, given what it was, worth every penny, and some astonishingly beautiful furniture, all priced appropriately. Which means way out of my price range. But there were lovely things I could have afforded. I'm kicking myself for not picking up the beautiful, maple Martha Washington sewing cabinet that was priced at near giveaway that I wanted to "think about." By the time I had, it was gone. Oh well. Live and learn.

Now I'm getting ready to watch the Bears v. Bills fauxball game and continue to digest the fried dough. What, you think just because I do Weight Watchers I'd pass up fried dough? Silly rabbit--fried dough is for Meirwens!

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campagnella
Aug. 15th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
sounds like a great day! Been a long time since I've gone to an antique show, the flea markets here are as close as I get.

I'm about to watch the game too, but with iced tea and bread.. enjoy the fried goodness for me ;-) (I'd be eating it if I had some!)
wldrose
Aug. 15th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
how are the locks I havent talked to them in a long while no net access for her makes it harder.

ash
sheapottery
Aug. 15th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
When people come into the gallery or into my booth at a craft fair, and "have to think about it" they almost always come back and find the thing they loved is gone and being enjoyed by someone else.

Never doubt your first impressions. At least about buying something you love. Especially if it's pottery I'm trying to sell. LOL

PS, Give the Duchess my love too.

Dyfan
meirwen
Aug. 15th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
We miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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