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Thread: Found Old Baby Quilt at Estate Sale, But.....

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    I was carrying around a very small, plain hexagon baby quilt all hand sewn that I pulled out of a pile of old linens. A woman working the sale said, "Oh, I'm so glad you are taking that. The woman here says it was her baby blanket, but she wants to sell it." I said I love old quilts. After a little more looking around, the woman who apparently was the baby this quilt was made for approached me. She said "I've been agonizing over this quilt, and decided I want to keep it." I told her, No problem, because it obviously has sentimental value to her, and everyone can make a bad decision when under stress. Then she said "...unless you want to pay $25 for it". I handed it to her and said "NO THANKS".

    Can you believe the nerve??? I was stunned!!! As I paid for the other things I had pulled out, I saw her drape it over the back of a chair that was sitting there. She was obviously going to offer it for sale again. Some people!!!! Well, maybe she was under a lot of stress because of her mother's death. Anyway, I was just shocked by her behavior.

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    Probably the fact that she was willing to sell it to begin with says a lot. That may have just been a story to boost the "value" of the quilt. It may be one she picked up at a garage sale somewhere. Am I being a pessimist here?

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    let's face it, not every body treasures things like that - they get tossed out (or sold at estate sales)

    (or used to walk on at the fireworks LOL)

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    What price was it when you picked it up?

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    I knew a lady that I loved and cherished for fifty five years. I hit some hard times but, on Christmas I was struggling to gather some extra and I made her a duster. It was darling.My mom even liked it and my mom didn't like anything I did, well she didn't even like me. When I was at her place later that week to help clean up after a lot of company, there on the garbage heap was the duster. I said do you salvage yard goods? and she said, Oh Lord no. I don't know why anyone would give me something like that. I only wear store bought things from the best boutiques......SHOOT, I snatched that duster and plunder through just to see if there was anything else in her garbage that I could put to use. Then I broke down bawling. I cried all the way across town. I never thought of her in that light again. Before she walked on water and I know she sewed for everyone for 75 years, to make ends meet, etc. You think you know someone one....huh. So, strangers aren't strange at all. Guess that makes it easier to accept their 'stuff'.

    Whewwwwww, I blew that off my chest, thanks. Sorry for your experience jljack. At least you didn't get ripped off. Maybe next time you will hit the 'mother lode' .

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    So sorry Ruth.. :cry:

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    I was at a yard sale in Texas while on vacation and spotted an old quilt that had definately seen better days. I asked the woman how much she wanted for it and she said, "$7" I said, "would you take $5?" She proceeded to tell me how her great grandmother had made the quilt and it had a lot of sentimental value to her and no, she just couldn't sell it for $5. I layed it down and took a picture of it. All I wanted it for was the pattern anyway. I just couldn't bring myself to deny this woman her heritage for a measly $7. Some people just have no class or sense.
    But I'm curious too, how much was it when you first picked it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrspete
    I knew a lady that I loved and cherished for fifty five years. I hit some hard times but, on Christmas I was struggling to gather some extra and I made her a duster. It was darling.My mom even liked it and my mom didn't like anything I did, well she didn't even like me. When I was at her place later that week to help clean up after a lot of company, there on the garbage heap was the duster. I said do you salvage yard goods? and she said, Oh Lord no. I don't know why anyone would give me something like that. I only wear store bought things from the best boutiques......SHOOT, I snatched that duster and plunder through just to see if there was anything else in her garbage that I could put to use. Then I broke down bawling. I cried all the way across town. I never thought of her in that light again. Before she walked on water and I know she sewed for everyone for 75 years, to make ends meet, etc. You think you know someone one....huh. So, strangers aren't strange at all. Guess that makes it easier to accept their 'stuff'.

    Whewwwwww, I blew that off my chest, thanks. Sorry for your experience jljack. At least you didn't get ripped off. Maybe next time you will hit the 'mother lode' .

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    oh, that is so sad! I know where you're coming from though, kinda belong to that club myself. Good for you for not letting your mom & that lady kill your spirt.

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    A few years ago, I heard a co-worker make very disparaging remarks about a quilt that her dh's aunt made them for their wedding. She said it was ugly and that she didn't know why the aunt couldn't have bought them something useful or exchangable instead of the quilt that she will have to store for a few years before she can convince her dh to get rid of. I asked her if she considered the love and effort that went into the quilt and she said that if his aunt really loved him, she would have given them cash instead so they could get something they wanted. I completely lost respect for her. ( I wanted to call up her dh's aunt and tell her what an ungrateful spoiled brat her nephew married. :twisted: )

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I was at a yard sale in Texas while on vacation and spotted an old quilt that had definately seen better days. I asked the woman how much she wanted for it and she said, "$7" I said, "would you take $5?" She proceeded to tell me how her great grandmother had made the quilt and it had a lot of sentimental value to her and no, she just couldn't sell it for $5. I layed it down and took a picture of it. All I wanted it for was the pattern anyway. I just couldn't bring myself to deny this woman her heritage for a measly $7. Some people just have no class or sense.
    But I'm curious too, how much was it when you first picked it up?
    You have got to be kidding!!! That extra $2 would settle the sentimental value????? whooowhee, it takes all kinds to make this crazy world!

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    I don't, for the life of me, understand how anyone could put a price of $25 or $7 or any amount on something that supposedly has sentimental value to them I have 3 quilts that my grandma made, 6 that my mother made and I wouldn't take a million dollars for any one of them. I have a quilt that mom made for me when I was a young child, she pieced together my receiving blankets to make the backing. The thing is so old that it's thread bare in places, I have the everyday quilt that grandma and grandpa had on their bed everyday of the year. Totally worn out yet worth more to me than the richest treasure on earth. Those quilts are priceless gems of my childhood and my life. Hopefully by explaining the history of each one my dd will feel the same way about them and never part with them, but treat them with the respect and love that they deserve.

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    Sounds like greed to me. She does not want it but thought she could get more when she saw how much you liked it.

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    What a sad tale. I'm glad you put it back. Some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noveltyjunkie
    What price was it when you picked it up?
    There wasn't a price marked on it. Everyone was getting the prices at the checkout table. It was all pretty "on the fly". Since I wasn't expecting more than about $10 at the most, since most things were like $1 or $2, I was shocked at the $25. And at her attitude about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachbound
    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I was at a yard sale in Texas while on vacation and spotted an old quilt that had definately seen better days. I asked the woman how much she wanted for it and she said, "$7" I said, "would you take $5?" She proceeded to tell me how her great grandmother had made the quilt and it had a lot of sentimental value to her and no, she just couldn't sell it for $5. I layed it down and took a picture of it. All I wanted it for was the pattern anyway. I just couldn't bring myself to deny this woman her heritage for a measly $7. Some people just have no class or sense.
    But I'm curious too, how much was it when you first picked it up?
    My hubbie says no, it doesn't take all kinds... we've just got all kinds...

    You have got to be kidding!!! That extra $2 would settle the sentimental value????? whooowhee, it takes all kinds to make this crazy world!

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    Everything has a price, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    Probably the fact that she was willing to sell it to begin with says a lot. That may have just been a story to boost the "value" of the quilt. It may be one she picked up at a garage sale somewhere. Am I being a pessimist here?
    I think you hit the nail on the head. I was told once that I was being a pessimist and I replied, "Do you know what a pessimist is? It's an optimist with experience." LOL!

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    I also think she was trying to pull a fast one. After reading all the things on here about garage sales, I'm a little afraid to buy anything. If her story is true, I think her mother would be hurt--after all she saved it all those years.
    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    I don't, for the life of me, understand how anyone could put a price of $25 or $7 or any amount on something that supposedly has sentimental value to them I have 3 quilts that my grandma made, 6 that my mother made and I wouldn't take a million dollars for any one of them.
    Yeah, that's just astonishing. Maybe some people just don't understand how much time and effort goes into making a quilt. My grandmother died recently and I inherited two quilts from her, one made by my great grandmother and one made by her. I'd have to be really, really hard up for cash to consider selling either of them, and a measly $7 sure isn't going to do enough for my bank account to make up for what I'd be losing in letting them go. If it has sentimental value, you don't sell it. Period.

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