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There’s a saying with wine: if you like it, it’s good wine. Taste is subjective; and, while there should be a few industry standards based on knowledge and history, the rest should be left to the consumer. The caveat is that the collector understands that the worth they place on their grail may be non-transferable.

A case in point is a recent acquisition of mine: these chairs.

Our new table begged for chairs that were more traditional and smaller in stature – and our bums cried for comfort over style.

I picked them up at auction for $7 apiece, an excellent deal in my mind – but those bidding against me stopped. Why? The doubt of possible buyer’s remorse set in. Did I overpay? How could I? Less than $50 for 7 chairs that looked to fill the gap I had in the most traditional, walnut-y way – how could that be worth less than $7 per chair? After the auction was over, I did some research (later post) and discovered these chairs, though perfect for us, were less than in the eyes of the collecting community.

But who cares?

They’re exactly what our table needed, and our bums are thrilled with the grooved, wide planks of our new chairs.

Beauty, and worth, is oft in the eye of the beholder.