Posted 7 years ago
So Karen's comment in another thread "(for small dollars but bigger than Bonnie prices)" tickled me, lol. I think many of us who follow Bonnie's threads are often left admiring her eye for hidden treasures, or in my case sulking, lol, when she tells us about her incredible bargain buys. What we pay for something vs what it's worth can be a fun game because it challenges us as collectors. Sometimes when I find an item selling for a low price that I know is valuable I still can't resist driving a hard bargain with the seller just to add to that paid for::worth ratio. 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x, I have acquired a number of examples that would meet the Bonnie challenge. Not counting free things, I think the best I ever did was the set of jewels in the photos above. I found these three pieces in a little white box in a yard sale and dithered about it, so much so that I put the box back down on the table and another woman picked it up and asked the price; the woman who was selling it just shrugged and asked for an offer, the other woman changed her mind and put it down. I took the box again and offered the woman $25 (and I only offered that much because she was a friend of my grandmother's), which she accepted. I didn't know what the pieces were except that they were pretty and unusual; I never wore any of it, in fact the box went into a drawer and rarely came out, just to admire and put away again. It wasn't until a year or two ago that I looked closely at the pieces and found through research that these were DeLizza & Elster pieces, book value around $1000.00. As Bonnie would say, Bahahahaha! lol :)) Thanks for looking.