Monday, September 07, 2009

Do You Think I Have a Shopping Problem?

Yesterday I woke up at 4:30 am to attend our monthly outdoor antiques faire. Thank heavens my friend Renee drove (thanks Renee), as we had to take a loooong route because the Bay Bridge was closed. A boat would have been much easier.


After 6 hours of sprinting walking and hunting for treasures with not too many finds, extreme sweating from hauling furniture, we decided to stop by a local auction house to use their clean bathroom. The antique faire has outhouses, which are okay in the early am, but as the day progresses, well... The next thing I knew, I had a paddle in my hand and was bidding on this Victorian agate seal ring. Gosh did I want this ring. Needless to say, I was half comatosed and ended up losing to an online bidder. I'm still mad about not bidding higher.

Wasn't 6 hours of antiquing enough for me? I sadly turned in my paddle, and off we went. I know my job is to buy things to resell, but when is enough enough? Such is the life of an antiques dealer...enjoy the rest of your weekend!

14 comments:

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I hear you!........as I order even more ribbon today. Sorry about losing the ring.....maybe a better one ahead?

PRIZE said...

hi lynn,
loved the story...i can totally picture you with paddle in hand...that ring was amazing!

Jacqueline said...

The ring was not destined for you. Did you buy anything else ? You didn't say.It is so annoying when you really want something and you just miss out...it has happened to me a lot on Ebay. XXXX

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Jacqueline, thanks. No, just bid on the ring and left. We had just popped by to use the restroom and then I saw that RING! Will be posting the antique faire finds soon! xo Lynn

gemgossip said...

awww that is too bad! That ring is so unique, I rarely see ones that flip open like that. It's too bad that they included online bidders as well...which auction house was this?

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Gem Gossip: sick part...I didn't know it opened up until I found it online...ugh! Michaan's Auctions house here in No Cal.

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i love it - you are passionate about antiques, and that's why you have such an amazing business!
xox

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I can see why the paddle was a must! It's a very cool ring. Once again, great eye Miss Lynn!!! Hope you found other goodies at the fair. Off to Brimfield, I'll check in when I'm back. Best, Karen

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn
Can you tell us the location of this monthly antiques faire?
Thanks!

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Anon: The antiques faire is called "Antiques By the Bay" and it is in Alameda, California (Northern Calif). It is held the first Sunday of every month and there are approx. 700 vendors!

http://www.antiquesbybay.com/

Trouvais said...

Hi Lynn. Sorry about the ring (know the feeling). Forced myself to NOT go to the flea this Sunday...can't wait to see what you got. I imagine those antique shoes on Artfact are going to go pretty high...fun to look though. Trish

Boutique Bijou said...

Hi Lynn,
Your auction story sounds all too familiar! I sat through many auctions to come out empty handed, which is why I don't attend them. But one auction in particular had a tole sconce with red and pink roses and 2 blue birds. I went. I waited & waited....I was NOT leaving without that sconce!! I paid a small kingdom for it. But I won the final bid!! Whew!

THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

So you made it out there huh? Slim pickins don't you think?
Lisa & Alfie

Mélanie said...

When I " loose " an auction I tell myself : " it was not for you" . It is the only way I can feel a little better. THIS ring was gorgeous