Everyone loves a bargain, and we all like to get a good deal, but can the deal ever be too good?
Some friends asked me recently about my own ethics when it comes to flea markets and junk shops. I don't do too much buying at bona fide antique shops, because I usually want to take the pieces I buy apart to reuse rather than to collect them. Flea markets and junk shops are a better source for me of non-valuable costume jewelry and other pieces of detritus that I can feel ok about "destroying".
My friends, who know that I also do a little bit of reselling of more valuable pieces, wanted to know what I would do if I found, for example, a Vendome parure worth maybe a couple hundred dollars if sold to a reputable shop or even on eBay, and the seller had it in a baggie on the table for about 50 cents. Well, first, I said, things like that just don't happen to me! Then I started thinking about it more, and realized that what I hoped I would do and what I would do could possibly be two different things.
What do you think? What would you do?
While you're thinking about it, here are all of the previous posts from this series. Even though they've been up for awhile, you are always welcome to add your comments!
What would you do? An introduction
Skivving someone else's work
Using inexpensive materials
The source of our materials
Teaching vs stealing
Valuables for sale
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