So onto the next stop.....
The seller says that she wants no less than $100 for the lamp. (This lamp is huge by the way. About 30 inches across and has a very heavy piece of cloudy glass on the base. Mint condition.) I 'act' shocked and walk away. I come back and ask her if she can do better and all I get is a long story about how she paid 800 dollars for it.....on and on. --Oh well, we got an emotional one here. Too much attachment to this light fixture.-- I eye the hubby who doesn't look amused that she isn't coming down on her price. He is also eying the rain clouds that are moving in rapidly. So, I travel to the next yard sale.
The problem is.....I couldn't shake the lamp. With each passing block, I start regretting walking away. But, I know this gal isn't selling it to me. We just didn't have a great 'connection.' (This matters in yard sale negotiations.) So, I get on my cell phone and call in "reinforcements"......Yep, you got it. The husband. You see, he is a master of negotiations and I need his expertise. I tell him my observations, as I have stated here, and send him in. By the time he gets himself a cup of coffee, puts on shoes and drives to the house, the thunderclouds have moved in. The couple is frantically grabbing and running with their sale items into the semi empty garage. Luckily, the lamp didn't get wet!
Hubby walks up and chats casually about the weather and asks about the lamp. She tells him that she paid $500 for it...........Wait a minute here.....Didn't she tell me $800?!!? Yes, I believe she did. Then she tells him she will sell it to him for 75 dollars!! Can you believe that?!! She tells me 100 dollars and just a short while later is down to 75 dollars. He offers 50 dollars and she says no. My hubby looks at her water logged husband who is visibly annoyed that she won't sell it. He addresses the husband and says, "Can ya help a guy out here? I mean this lamp isn't even worth 40 dollars and I offered 50!" He adds something about it being a yard sale on a rainy day and they cave!!! Get out of here!!! Can I get a "Woot!?" Yippee!! A super de-duper deal!! I initially thought that I would re-sell this lamp, but I just might have to find a place for it.
While my hubby is negotiating this transaction, I was at another yard sale. I found a lot of really great stuff for super prices. Here are some of my finds...
|Totally coolio lamp.|
|Grinder was $2.|
|Caned Chair was $10.|
I am going to completely re-furbish and re-cover.
|This Nichols and Stone Chair is a real steal at $10.|
I have seen these sell for $200. All this one
needs is a little cleaning. Mint Condition.