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Thread: went to an estate sale yesterday

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    Senior Member Hosta's Avatar
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    wanted to buy this small box of buttons that wasn't event the size of a box of Christmas cards. Anyway there was no price so I get to the check out and the woman running the show pounces on me saying those buttons are $35 So I say are you kidding me she replies no there are five Bakelite buttons in the box so that's what she is charging for so I told I just wanted the two buckles that were not Bakelite and she refused to split them out and just charge me a couple bucks She said all or nothing $35 so I put the box down and said you just lost $50 in sales and walked away she made me so angry. I can't understand her attitude.

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    well - la dee da to her! lol

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    Bet if you checked today, they would still be there! Her loss.

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    You sometimes wonder if people having those sales really want to clean out the stuff or are just trying to cleanup by asking outrageous prices. I stopped at a sale where they were asking $300 for a rusty old Singer with no attachments or manual and the case was broken. I really wonder who they thought might buy it in that condition and why they thought it was so valuable?

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    Generally, things are more valuable to the seller...sentimental value, usually. Good for you for walking away! I just do not get people over pricing anything!

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    That's sad! Too bad for her! They will end up in thrift store!!

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    Some people are just money hungry, that's all there is to it.

    My Mom found a yard sale yesterday that had tons of fabric. She didn't buy any because it was outrageously priced.

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    estate sale --- usually means the family/heirs hired someone to do the sale. The more money the hirees make in the sale, the more commission they receive. She probably has another shop/antique dealer that will pay her $25.00 for the bakelite buckles so it's no real loss for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    estate sale --- usually means the family/heirs hired someone to do the sale. The more money the hirees make in the sale, the more commission they receive. She probably has another shop/antique dealer that will pay her $25.00 for the bakelite buckles so it's no real loss for her.
    You could go back today at 2pm and I would imagine she will make a deal. At that point the dealer is happy to make pennies over dollars.

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    This reminded me of a button incident that I had. My daughter and I had gone to one of those building that have a bunch of different business in them. I found this one little cubible that had buttons. No prices and no one in the area. I tracked down the lady to ask her how much these buttons where. When she told me I just said Wow and turned around to put them back. She said kinda snotty like "I'll bet you were hoping I didn't know how much they were worth" I just looked at her with my mouth open. That thought never even crossed my mind. I just thought they were pretty. What is it with these people?

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