I have a running "wish list" on Pinterest. These are items that I am keeping my eye out for at yard sales, Goodwill, Craigslist, Flea Markets, and antique shops.
One of the items on my list was a rusty vintage stool to be used as a side table. I was lucky enough to find it at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago for $5. I saw similar stools all over Brimfield Fair for $40-$90.
A lot of these items I have found, but the price has been too high. I'm willing to wait for a good deal or do without.
The crate is another story. It is almost impossible to find a large crate with lettering and a top, never mind for a bargain price. When I spied this crate at Brimfield Fair this weekend it was love at first sight.
The dealer was having a personal conversation with another dealer and I waited patiently for a couple of minutes while the two dealers ignored me. I finally said excuse me to get her attention. She barely looked at me when I asked her the price of the crate. She quickly looked, quoted me $75 and turned back to her friend.
I interrupted her conversation a second time and asked if she would take $70. She said "yes" and sounded annoyed. I started taking out the cash, and then it got weird. She finally turned and gave me her full attention and said, "wait a minute, what are you trying to buy?" I repeated "the crate", and she replied, "oh no, I can't let it go for that, I need at least $110 for that crate, I thought you were talking about the can on top".
I was not happy with how she changed the price after I had clearly said it was the crate I was interested in, and I decided to walk away. I spent the next few hours searching the fair for a similar crate, but did not find a single one. I couldn't get that crate out of my mind. I was at the point of exhaustion, and had a 2 1/2 hour ride home ahead of me. I decided that I would regret it if I did not buy that crate since in all of my months of searching I had not seen another like it. I decided to go back and try negotiating the price if it was still there.
I approached the woman and told her I would like to negotiate the price with her. She told me she couldn't take less than $125. What!? I firmly told her she had quoted me $110 and she argued that she had not, and then, exasperated, she said, "fine, $110 is the lowest I can go"! I finally got it for $100.
Did she film-flam me? I don't know> but I got the crate and I'm glad I did. A hundred bucks was all I had budgeted for spending for the day (not including food & parking), so I knew I was done. I couldn't walk another minute anyway.
And do you know what groats are? I had to look it up! I was really hoping it was nothing gross.
Just in case you are wondering...
groats are crushed grain, especially oats...whew!!!