Shopping ‘Used’? Remember What You Went For!
Do you ever shop the used sites online? I love to scour our local ads, and not too long ago I came across this one for a sweet vintage typewriter table.
I’ve been looking for a small writing table as an alternate work station in our home. But not just any table. So when I saw this little beauty, I was smitten. What’s not to love, right? Vintage 1950s or 60s, a nod to the changing role women played in the 20th century… You know – all those things that make my heart skip a beat! 😉
I made the call to set up a viewing, and when I headed off this was my ‘must meet’ criteria:
- The scale needed to fit my intended purpose, and placement;
- Its finish, preferably original;
- The price, hopefully negotiable.
I really fell for this little guy. And I found myself trying to talk myself into buying it just because it melted my heart. I mean, I could slide it into place as an end table, a phone table, or a bedside table. I could use it for another folding surface in my laundry area, I could sew on it… heck, I could even wheel it around and multi-purpose it!
But… none of these uses was what I went for. And even though I loved the green in spite of it not being the factory finish, I had to let this one go.
My tips if you’re shopping ‘used’…
- Know what you want;
- Know why you want it;
- Know what you’re willing to pay;
- Know when you need to walk away (need, not want)!
And if you’re looking for vintage, do your homework.
- Find out a little bit about the piece before you go.
- Try to find out roughly what circa it is;
- Have an idea of the average asking price for pieces like it so you know how much wriggle room you have;
- Pay attention to the details.
This little guy is in great shape, and has definitely been refinished. The colour is not the factory finish, and the drawer pull is not the original hardware. This piece has been nicely refinished, and you also see the efforts of that work reflected in the asking price. You need to know if that’s part of what you want to pay for.
In my case, I had to walk away because as much as I loved this little guy, little was the problem. It was a little too low to serve the purpose I needed it to.
Have you done any ‘used’ shopping lately? What’s on your checklist when you set out for a potential purchase? Got any great stories to share?
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