Not Thrifty!

March 12th, 2010

I’ve been super grumpy this week – the non-stop rain and the fact that I found nothing on the thrifting rounds equals everything is poopy and stupid.

The main reason for this unwelcome unhappiness was a big tease of an estate sale we hit up on Sunday. I had been traveling around on Friday and Saturday and then happened upon all these pictures Sunday morning on Craigslist advertising 50% OFF at an estate sale about an hour from The Brick House. I didn’t shower. I didn’t put on make-up. I just grabbed my shoes and The Boy and ran over there…

Danish Selig sofa? Check. Price? $750. Uncheck.

Interesting mid century credenza? Check. Missing two knobs and $125. Uncheck.

Vintage Bertoia diamond chair with original yellow cover! CHECK. $75!!! CHECK. One hour too late. UNCHECK.

I drove like a mad person to get over there to grab this chair that was 50% off and had lasted throughout the sale to Sunday (obviously it was waiting for me). I truly, deeply believed it was mine, but apparently another couple picked it up an hour before we arrived. Then stormy rain clouds settled on my brain and I haven’t been able to shake the stench of disappointment off me.

Also, notice that Platner side table? GONE.

I was too cheap and too late to score. I’m still pouting like an adolescent.

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    8 Comments

    1. Caroline, No. on 03/12/2010:

      I’m depressed for you. Sorry.

    2. 13bees on 03/12/2010:

      it’s one of the lamest lessons learned in estate saleing. there’s nothing like watching “your” stuff get carried out while you’re still waiting on line outside, nothing like watching the person right in front of you get in a full fifteen minutes ahead as you stare at a door closed in your face and nothing like finally getting inside and seeing a sold sign on the way underpriced chair of your dreams. such fun!!

    3. Brittany on 03/12/2010:

      You nut! That credenza was SO worth the price if it was solid wood. I just saw a teak sofa that had been repaired with glue on one of the arms sell for $865 on eBay. Yowza!

    4. John on 03/12/2010:

      I almost went there, but (just) knew it would be overpriced.

    5. amy t on 03/12/2010:

      i wonder if the batteries were included with the credenza. I think i would have gone for it…

    6. Tim Young on 03/12/2010:

      I made it over there just before they closed up shop on Sunday. I saw the Selig sofa but thought it was way overpriced. He said he wasn’t even considering lesser offers and was going to take it to Long Beach if it didn’t sell. The Bertoia was gone. That was a great deal! Also saw the credenza but passed on it. The wood looked like it was pine or something, right? Definitely looked better in the picture. My wife went on the first day and picked us up a really cool brass sputnik sconce light. It’s going in my son’s room.

    7. Jill on 03/13/2010:

      Yep. I feel your pain. Estate sales, a true love hate relationship. That chair is especially painful :-( Now I’m sad.

    8. Summer on 03/13/2010:

      Oh geez…I was planning a post on this exact subject and was going to title it “How Deep Are My Valleys” or something similarly dramatic. Missed this week on Craigslist, due to idiots: a $75 Nelson swag leg desk. Called within five minutes. Owner says, “Someone said they’re coming day after tomorrow to pick it up and I gave them my word”
      Missed at nonprofessional estate sale: $125 EBONIZED McCobb 6-drawer Planner Group, mint condition. Owner says, “Someone said they are coming back for it tomorrow and I gave them my word” Did they pay you for it? No. Did they leave a deposit? No. Then it’s not sold. I gave them my word. Oh, I plunged to some pretty deep depths from those dangerous highs and was in a similarly pissy and disgruntled mood all weekend. I’m in SD-next time email me and I’ll tell you if it’s crap before you drive. Spare you the sorrow. Feeling your pain-Modernhaus

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