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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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    We had jaws drop at my mom's estate yard sales....

    $1, $0.50 & $0.25 cent tables....with anything from household goods, to gardening tools, to bake dishes, to yards of fabric. As in $1.00 for about 5 yards of fabric!

    We also had some "large ticket items" displayed away from the "bargain" areas that my brothers & I agreed we did need to try to get a good price on. You know what? It worked! People snatched things up from the "bargain" tables & boy do those $1's & quarters add up! And yes - we were able to sell our large ticket items for what we wanted.

    Our goal was not to get rich, just to make enough to pay the estate attorney. It worked, it made it easy on us, and people walked away knowing they got a bargain.

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    I went to an estate sale yesterday. Last hours and walked away with a hand made 2ft deep, 4 ft wide 7 ft tall "closet" for $20. DH asked what in the world I was going to use it for... add a couple shelves an we have an instant pantry. Instead of paying a box store $200+ for one. Just needs some elbow grease and a little vinegar to look like new...

    Wonder if I could convince him to let me have the $180 I saved for fabric?

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    It really bugs me when I see things for sale and there are no prices marked on them. The Bakelite buttons are valuable and you could probably get close to $35 for them but for goodness sake, take them out of the button box, bag them, and put them with the jewelry and stuff that someone is watching. If I were the seller, I'd be afraid someone would take those buttons out of the box and stick them in their pocket!

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    sometimes they think they have gold.

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    Keep watching your Thrift store. They will probably be their.

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    I was selling a car a few years back for $18,000 that had a book value of $19,575. So this man answers my add in the paper and offers me, and I quote, "$10,000 and that's FIRM".

    I nicely told him that I was asking $18,000 and would never go down to $10,000 and he started YELLING at me on the phone. Said he only had $10,000 and that's what he would give me. Weird. He would not stop yelling at me and I finally hung up on him. Thankfully he didn't call back.

    People can be very strange.

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    Good for you for walking away!! Sometimes I think that the people having these sales think that they can charge whatever they want because we made the effort to go to the sale so we must want something really bad. Maybe if those few buttons where worth so much she should have ebay'd them or put them seperately on craigslist.

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    I think it is called greed! Good for you in robbing her of the pleasure of skinning you!

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    Good for you for walking away. Bakelite buttons aren't that expensive.

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    I collect buttons and have belonged to a Button Club in the past. Some of the Bakelite buttons are expensive but they are usually individually marked and in the jewelry case. She was just rude. You couldn't be expected to know they were expensive if you are not a collector and she should have displayed them differently. I have seen some buttons (not Bakelite) go for hundreds of dollars. Crazy.

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    My aunt had a garage sale and had a 'free' table. No one was taking anything off it so she put a 5cent sign on it and everything went! Too funny!

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    And usually you can return the next day and everything is marked about 1/2 off! Most estate sales are like that, expensive at first and no taker...i was lucky in getting that white FW at a great price($30) on the first day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosta
    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.
    What is the big deal about bakelite buttons?

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    I went to a garage sale once, picked up two shirts and a tool and told the gal I would pay 20.00, the tool was priced 20.00 on it, the shirts five bucks each. She asked a male friend if he would take ten dollars on his tool, they were not going to lower the prices on their shirts, so he said sure why not. I laid the shirts on the table, smiled and said I don't want these and handed the twenty dollar bill I had to the guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    well - la dee da to her! lol
    We call those MSIG sales ( MY s--t is Gold!) :lol:

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