|Spot Andrew treasure hunting|
Anyway Andrew found our first bargain of the day with some vintage light shades. We always look out for lighting as it can really bring individuality to a room. Andrew spotted three very grubby glass shades on the grass and after some heavy negotiating (40% off the asking price) they came home with us.
They're a very fine ribbed glass in a golden yellow colour and are destined to go over the island unit in the kitchen.
Our final purchase caused much deliberation. We inherited a very heavy 'Wise Man" that has sat on the floor for the past two years as we hadn't found anything suitable for him. Walking around we both spotted an early 20th century Anglo Indian table. This was quite unusual as it had a flat back and a five sided front, I assume it could sit in a corner if you wanted. Beautifully carved and with no damage it was perfect but the price tag, although not expensive, was higher than we had wanted to pay for a stand. So Andrew started negotiations.
A tip about negotiating -smile and be nice. I had an antique business for several years with my father and there is nothing more irritating than people saying:
'well there's one nicer than this one over there' - well buy that one
'it's not really want I want" - so don't buy it then
'my Grandmother had one just like this and threw it out' - as did every other Granny which is why they're now rare
'I bet you bought it for nothing and are trying it on' - sometimes but rarely, dealers would rather take a small profit on lots of items than hold out
and please don't start to negotiate unless you really want to buy.
You will get a much better price if you are seen to genuinely like the item. If it's over your budget then say so, most dealers do want to sell and actually appreciate objects that they've chosen going to someone who will enjoy them. We did love the table, it was worth the asking price, but with so much to do on the house we had to stick to a budget. This is what we told the stall holder who asked what we would be prepared to pay. Andrew acted flustered and said he couldn't possibly say because he didn't want to offend the lady (he can have a charming smile when he wants!) but she insisted and so he gave a price of 50% off the asking price. She agreed it was too low but was prepared to drop - 25%. Andrew looked at me and I did the old tight purse strings bit, muttering about how much I loved it but would also like new plumbing in the bathroom. Andrew went up a bit and the deal was done at a third off and everyone was happy.
So here it is, not yet in the right place but...
|At last a resting place|
|Detail of carving|
And just in case you think that we've just been out enjoying ourselves, I give you....
Until next time