I still have on my training wheels when it comes to estate sales…and I sure learned a lesson this past weekend.
Here’s the story:
My oldest daughter is home from college and we decided to go to a small estate sale on Friday morning. We got up crazy early and headed out in the cold at 7:30 to get our name on the list by 8:00. Then we waited for an hour till it opened.
So far, so good.
I got the doll house wicker chairs I wanted (so cute) and found a fun ceramic piece. And then I saw some small bits of lead crystal. Not usually my thing, but I recognized the pattern of one (made by American Brilliant or Imperial) as collectible. It was probably a candy dish or nappy, but I could imagine using it for business cards or keys or jewelry. But the price was a tad high for resale. And honestly I knew I wouldn’t make any money on it and the red flags were madly waving, but I ignored them and bought the dish.
When I got home I gave the dish a good washing and that’s when I felt the fleabites on the bottom and saw the minor scratching. And I knew I HAD made a mistake.
So here’s the good news…this was a piece that the woman of the house (Virginia if I’m to go by the names in the books I bought) used a lot. She obviously loved this piece. Here’s the bad news…I won’t make a profit on it.
Here’s the lesson I learned…don’t ignore the red flags and always check out the condition thoroughly before buying. Don’t be in such a rush!
So, what will I do with this piece of crystal? I will probably keep it, at least for a while, as a reminder. It is rather pretty and usable.
Would love to hear your story about an estate sale blunder!