Sunday, September 12, 2010

I Refuse to Pay Retail!

Yes, you heard me I hate to pay
so close to retail prices at Dealer-run
Estate Sales

This weekend I hit two Estate Sales and the
prices were priced so high.
The first sale had most items marked
so it was pretty easy to make a decision
to leave empty handed

But the second sale had no prices, all sorts
of Vintage goodies, so I filled up a box 
and went to check out...
Thats when the fun began...

The Dealer started pricing each item one by one
and while pricing giving me a history on the
age of each... like duh yes, I know the
Christmas ornaments are from the 1940's
and the Santa too... 1940's
The total tab got higher and higher.....

And in the meantime the dealer is asking 
me "well do you want this yes or no?"

Ok at this point I am getting 
confused and a bit
pissed off...
I looked at the dealer and said..
You know what "I don't want anything"
Yep girls, I again walked away empty handed

I think that is one of the hardest things to do, 
realize that the Vintage Treasures are priced 
way out of line for re-sale
And actually keep your money 
in your purse and walk away!
 •disclaimer all vintage items
in this Post were purchased at a
well priced Estate Sale (:

Back to the Studio,


My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I guess some sales are diamonds and some are stones (LOL). Love your days of the week towels - cute!


Charlotte said...

I know exactly what you are talking about and don't blame you for walking! I can't stand for a history lesson of how much they paid for it,I just want to know how much they want for it!

Heidi Ann said...

Don't blame you a bit for walking away - sounds rather annoying to me! I love how some people assume we don't know anything at all about what we are interested in purchasing! Duh!

Jane said...

I know exactly what you mean. I went to an estate sale a few weeks back and was floored at how expensive everything was. The house was stuffed with junk yet nobody was buying because of the prices. Even when they slashed everything by 50% the next week it was still too high.
Now I just stick to the good ole fashioned garage sale!
Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

That happened to me yesterday. The sale I went to was a house and three building FULL of wonderful vintage finds. The antique dealer running the sale kept telling those who offered a lower price that she couldn't do that because she knew someone would pay more. Well, obviously not, because this was the second weekend of the sale, and it was the absolute last day and hardly anything had been touched. Nobody was buying and she wouldn't budge, oblivious to the fact that she had a house full of folks wanting to bargain a bit and buy.

My Vintage Studio said...

Don't blame you for walking away.
I no longer go to estate sales.

Wishing you a great week!
Hugs, Sharon

Ellen said...

I don't blame you at all! Recently I went to an outdoor flea market and it was so refreshing to hear the seller tell me a very reasonable price for some vintage millinery hats...she simply exclaimed that she purchased the hat for a great deal and wanted to pass on that savings to kind of lady!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is exactly why I don't go to estate sales here in Orlando. They are run by companies that do estate sales and the price is higher than retail. I am with you, walk away!


Angela said...

I hit one like that this weekend too. I was only able to buy two wooden clothes hangers! Thankfully most around here aren't that bad!

Anonymous said...

Tell Dallon and Breezy -we've been waiting for them.

JunqueMagnet said...

Sometimes it can be tricky to find the right balance.Often my girlfriend will call me and we swap notes on sales we have been to and find out if the other person should visit the same one.Every so often I tell her the sale was good with really interesting pieces but the prices were too high for us.This is because we are buying for resale.If I were picking something up for my own collection I would be willing to pay more and have done so.I make a really strong effort to keep my prices reasonable at shows which means I've got to be finding it at rock bottom but I do understand that many folks holding estate/garage sales are looking to get the most they can for an item so that does mean that not all sales are for me.It really is differnt if you are out shopping for resale as opposed to "personal comsumption".

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

I totally agree with that. Love those days of the week towels. They are darling!!


~Carrie from Cottage Cozy~ said...

~annoying~ You will just find other vintage treasures at another sale!

GardenofDaisies said...

OH what lovely finds!!! Love those embroidered cats!
I'm having a little giveaway at my blog, so stop by when you have a chance.

Anonymous said...

Good for you! I hope she had to pack everything back up again when she was finished! Isn't the idea to sell items? Marcia

Sandy Michelle said...

At my antique market I've dealt a grumpy old man who wouldn't budge on lowering his prices so I skip his area every time I go. I LOVE the embroidered kittens! Are they hankerchiefs?

Sandy xxo

Loose Sparrow Arts N Crafts said...

HI there! Pop on over to my blog to read my homage to you and your Christmas genious. I wished you lived closer in order to give me a lesson on design!

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

I SO agree with you!!! It seems to me that the prices at many estate sales are just as bad as antique stores. I know you can go back the 2nd and 3rd days, but then all the good stuff is gone. It's becoming more and more common for me to walk away from a sale like you...empty handed.
As I was reading your post, and looking at all your beautiful pictures, I was wondering where you found them all. Glad to hear you got them a fair prices.
Patricia :o)

LynnW said...

Diane, I think there are too many estate sale companies operating in the L.A./Ventura County areas and most have inflated prices. And the unpleasant people who run them - don't get me started!
That's why I enjoy going to church rummage sales and flea markets. Much friendlier folks and better prices.

tammyCA said...

Yep, I live in SoCal and those Estate sales are way over-priced...I usually leave without buying anything - I'm not buying to re-sell either - I prefer Goodwill.