Friday, February 24, 2012

POTD - Saint

POTD - Saint
©2012 Kristin Corlett

I've been going to nearly every thrift market, antique shop, and resale shop in a 30 mile radius of my house.  I'm trying to learn what's for sale, for how much and what really is selling.  I'm making it known that I have a booth at a local antique mall and I'm trying to make sure that I'm realistic with my buying and pricing strategies.

So I walk into this brand new antique place - they'd been open a week.  A 10-12 year old girl comes bounding out from the other room and asks if I need any help.  Nope, I'm just walking around.  I get to the gorgeous deep oval frame and I don't see a price.  I ask the girl if she could find out the price on it.  I decide that the frame is indeed the bees knees, but that saint is spectacular too.  It was just a great pairing.  The Dad comes out and sighs.  His wife didn't price this before she left.  Another big sigh.  He's beginning to sound like my husband!  He calls the wife.  No answer.  Finally he says - $25 for the frame and $40 on the saint.   Good for him, they had a lot of carved saints and they were all $40, so he didn't have to guess on that.

If you know anything at all about picture frames - the oval ones are the most prized and the deep ones are prized even more.  This photo was taken at my house where the oval frame and the saint are happily living on a dark burgundy wall in my living room.

A few hours later I saw that same man at an auction.  He said that his wife was not at all pleased that he had given away the frame.  I told him I knew he was going to get into trouble, but I couldn't help myself.  I wasn't at all sure on the going rate for a 17" x 14" x 4.5"  vintage oval frame but I knew that $25 was a steal.  I have since learned that the oval frame could have fetched a hundred dollars or more.

Not everything that I discover goes into my booth.  Some stuff just has to be mine.



Terri said...

Good find. I love it when I "steal' something with an unbelievable price. They don't come often, but when they do...atta girl pats abound!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

I bet that wife prices EVERYTHING before hubby is left in charge again! LOL I like the frame.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Well that was a lucky choice. Timing is everything!

Keetha Broyles said...

Deal and Deal!!!

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Mrs4444 said...

She is sweet. I'm glad you brought her home for yourself.

42N said...

Interesting saint statue. You got to ask why the wear patterns on the wooden relief? Is it paint falling off due to the nature of the wood? Is it because it was held or touched by people for a blessing? Or was it distressedon purpose to appear to be weathered? Let us know. Great to have you back.