Thursday, April 13, 2017


Last week a Chinese couple came into the shop and were very interested in purchasing my large mid-20th c. Steuben bowl. The piece, which is in excellent condition was marked $750. The dealer who was assisting the couple declined to call me as the offer was $50, well below acceptable.
This Tuesday, while I was at shop, the couple returned and I spoke with them (very limited English proficiency). The lady held up one open hand, indicating (I assumed) an offer of $500--which was still too low. I pulled out my trusty phone and showed the couple the item on 1stdibs which I had priced at $975. The lady smiled and held up two hands, which I assumed meant $550. We wrote down the amount on paper.........she wrote back $55.00. I pretended to be insulted at the offer--but I could hardly keep a strait face. (After all, she did increase the offer by $5.00.)
Three days later, I'm still laughing. I guess that it takes all kinds of people to make up this crazy, amazing world.

Sending blessings for the week--

Mary & Jones & Cole

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