I had a funny experience the other day that has happened before. As a customer was leaving with a dresser they had just bought, they said, "You know, you could have asked twice as much - you sell your stuff too cheap."
Its worth noting because it wasn't the first time or the even the hundredth time that I have heard that from customers, other dealers, family members, or my husband.
And....the way this customer said it, it was kind of a jab at me, like I was too dumb to realize that I could make more money if I... I don't know....maybe...wasn't so out-of-touch.
Maybe I'm just another bad capitalist. (I love you Bernie, however, apparently, you are a little to the right of me!! : )
From the beginning, my philosophy has been to offer great vintage pieces for the best prices that I can - not because I'm clueless - but because I can!
As long as I can make a living, do what I love, and offer reasonable prices, why wouldn't I?
I find great joy in taking a sad-looking, old dresser and making it beautiful and then finding a buyer who loves it.
And just for the record, and at the risk of being too vulgar/blunt --as a vintage furniture dealer I do just fine. It's part of the reason I am still doing this 9 years later.
For me, it's not about squeezing the last penny out of someone - its about being decent and real -- and fair to both of us, which is why I don't negotiate on price. Being reasonable and fair matters to me ...
I am a small cottage business, I'm not trying to be anything more than that...I don't want to gouge people, and I don't want to be taken advantage of -- I think I have found a happy medium in the way I price furniture.
It's a sad commentary on our culture -- when you try to be decent and fair, some people think you are dumb for not trying to "smash-the-other-guy."
However, the bottom line is that I like what I do....and when it comes down to it...how many people can say that about their job?
See you soon,