My first acquisition of 2013 was this gorgeous Jacobean revival buffet/sideboard from the late 1910s, early 1920s!!
Getting this piece was very stressful, it was one of the first items we saw in the house and I fell in love at first sight. The only problem is it was priced over double what I was comfortable spending. I decided to stick to my budget and offer a bid (hoping no one would see how awesome it was and out bid me). While standing in line, I noticed a group of women discussing the buffet and it looked like they were debating to purchase it.
My heart sank. As I was fretting over someone else getting this piece of furniture that I truly loved, Lainey was paying attention to what was happening around us (thankfully). She overheard a conversation where the woman running the sale accepted an offer on a sofa that was less than half of the price marked. This was a good sign for me and meant that I should offer my price and let them know we’d take it right then. It worked! I bought my new buffet for $200 (originally $425)!!
The plan for the buffet is to add shelves above it with wine glass racks. To make it look nice and glossy, I will get some Johnson’s Furniture Wax (Wal-Mart was out this past week) and rub that all over the piece. But for now, I am just enjoying having another place to put my estate sale finds!
Lesson learned – pay attention to conversations with the sale workers, if they are accepting lower offers it is a good sign and you should definitely offer lower than what is marked.