I've been good, I swear. A full five years ago, I vowed to never buy another armoire. I haven't. Yes, I still have 3 in my home as etsy-hoarder devices (and the one I off-loaded to my sister). But I haven't bought another armoire.
Technically, this is more of a "cabinet".
Knowing we had the entire patio to decorate for this month's barn sale, I couldn't resist um stupidly well, I just bought this mustardy/hot pink vintage cabinet. It was cheap. It would add a punch of color, right?
It didn't sell.
Here's the thing with doing a monthly sale: immediate doubt. If you have a regular antique-mall booth, you put it in your booth. If it doesn't sell in 3 days, you're not crushed. You shrug. You move it around. You learn to work around it.
Assuming, of course, you didn't hate it already 2 hours after you bought it.
When I saw it up in PA, I kept circling it. I ran away. I came back. I ran away again. A staffer asked me what the hell I was doing—it's cheap, what's the problem? I, in turn, asked him what was wrong with it? Why was it so cheap?
He shrugged. It didn't smell. It wasn't rickety. Yes, there's the hot-pink issue, but.... What I failed to take into account is that these kinds of items are my ALBATROSSES. I can't sell them. No matter how cheaply I price them.
I don't want this bad boy anywhere NEAR my booth. I'm hoping to off-load it to another dealer friend. I'm hoping I don't have to break my 2-years-strong rule of NOT painting duds. Worst-case scenario: it goes to the shed where shabby goes to die until our blowout sale in January.
Staring at it for 4 days (including set up) got my head spinning: why-oh-why did I break my own rule?
What do YOU consistently buy that is always a dud? And why do we keep buying duds?