After the excitement of nearly killing my sister at the Christie Antique Show & Sale wore off, I started to get the sweats. We had been shopping for around 4 hours and I’d already spent all the money I had brought ($100) plus all of Pink Tool Belt’s money and Fish Pedicures. I spent all of our combined money.
Uch. The only thing worse than the meat sweats; the buyer’s remorse sweats. You know the feeling I’m sure. You’ve bought something, thought you loved it, started to wonder about it, convince yourself it’s entirely wrong, realize you cannot return it, start seeing stars, feel tingly all over and then pass out into the arms of a stranger wearing an “I Brake for Antiques” tee shirt.
I didn’t quite pass out, but just after lunch at the Christie Show I started to get the remorse. The yikes, I never should have bought that thing. For me it’s usually the small items I freak out over buying, not the big ones. Because I rarely impulse buy a big item. If I buy something big and costly I usually research it, know I need it and can deal with the fact that it’s costing a lot of money. But buying little things like magazines or impulse items make me feel like I need to put my head between my knees. If only to see if there’s some money down there.
Now that I have everything home, I’m good. I have a bit of buyer’s remorse on one thing because I can’t find the right place for it, but once I do I’m pretty sure I’ll stop shaking.
So you saw all the pictures from the show last week which included the things that I bought. Some of you guessed right off the bat what it was I bought and some of you were so far off I wonder if maybe those were the things I actually should have bought. And now I have not-buyers remorse.
We’ll go from least to most expensive.
I paid $5 for 3 wood and metal berry baskets which I’ll add to my stash of photography props. They’re bound to make an appearance here on the blog when I harvest my first flush of Charlotte Strawberries. No buyers remorse over these.
This one wasn’t actually in the photos from Christie’s. I thought it was but when I reviewed my photos, nope. It wasn’t there. Hello buyer’s remorse. How are you? $30 for this incredible patinaed copper box. I love the box. I love it. But for the life of me I can’t figure out where to use it. I do not want to use it as a planter. I want it in my kitchen. For now it’s holding my potatoes under my counter, but I would really like to show it off a bit more. The problem is there isn’t any space on my counter for it. I’ll figure it out. I hope.
$62 for this set of 5 Ironstone dishes. I very nearly didn’t buy these, but I collect Ironstone and I only collect pieces I’ll actually use. Which means I don’t need any more platters or bowls, or gravy boats, but dishes??!! Yes. I can use dishes. No remorse.
Antique library ladder complete with handrail. $225. This of course is for what will be my dining room/library combo in the fall. I knew I wanted a library ladder but I really wanted an old one. This was a good price for it and it’s in great shape, has a great worn colour and has a handrail on it which is hard to find. The only problem is now I have to buy all of the hardware for it which will run me around $500! So I’ve got my eye on Kijiji and Craigslist and hopefully I’ll find some used rolling library ladder wheels and rails for less money by the time I’m ready to install it. Oh! It’s about 2 feet too high for my ceilings so there will be some chopping going on.
When I look at the list here $322 is actually a great price for all of these things. Especially considering antique shows aren’t always the best place for finding cheap stuff. It’s the best place for finding interesting, hard to find stuff.
Kind of like my basement actually.
By the way … I asked you all to guess what I bought. Reader Liz got every SINGLE thing RIGHT. Here’s her comment:
Have a good weekend, get stuff done and relax. You can always resell it on Craigslist.