I’m annoyed with myself. I broke all the rules that I usually stick by when thrifting, and I let a fabulous item get away. It was mine for the taking, it was a done deal, well, almost.
This morning I arrived a little late to the market (7am). It was cool and overcast which meant it was really busy, we’ve been having such terribly hot Sundays that it’s kept the punters away but today was crowded. The first thing I saw was a beautiful floor rug, in Indian Numdah style. It was hand-made, all natural fibres, white felt with embroidered leaf patterns in bright turquoise and emerald, cerise and magenta.
I ummed and ahhhed. I have been looking for a rug but this was not quite fitting with anything else in my house. It was beautiful and I loved it as an individual piece, but I was trying to imagine how would it look with everything else I have. I couldn’t picture it matching. The price was good, about a quarter the retail value. I was a little worried that it was a bit pretty and delicate for a house with two boys tearing up and down the halls day in day out. Nevertheless, it was unique, exquisitely crafted and a bargain and I’ve never let practicality stand in the way of buying things before. I told the guy i’d be back with the money. I went to the ATM, and got a little sidetracked. I ran through all the things in my mind. Maybe I shouldn’t spend that much at the market today. Maybe it’ll get ruined. Maybe it will look out of place. I dawdled along and then I snapped out of it. I thought, you know what, I do really, really love it, I will go get it, absolutely. I was five steps away from sealing the deal and a guy walked off with it rolled up under his arm. Jipped at the post. I’ve been awfully morose about it all day. Serves me right for not following my own rules for the swap-meet. Which are as follows;
1. If you see something you like, don’t deliberate. Buy it, or someone else will.
2. Don’t over analyse – Will it suit my shabby chic French buffet? Maybe it won’t go with the antique dining table? If you like it, then it’s your style, buy it. It will suit your home because like everything else, you chose it.
3. If you are unsure about it, but you know it’s a huge bargain and it has good resale value, there is no risk. Buy it. If the asking price is $50 and you know it’s really worth $600 then take it home. If you regret it later, sell it on eBay and double your money.
4. If it’s unusual or unique and you like it, buy it. Chances are you may never see one again.