I ofter receive phone calls from people trying to sell there antiques. I love the buying part of this business but it can be sometimes frustrating and the main reason is “A lot of people have no idea what they have.”
I don’t just mean no idea of the value, No?? cant even tell me what it is made of, used for or how they got it. I sometimes think there are a lot of people out there who are half a sleep. I wounder how they manage in day to day life?
These phone conversations can be both fun and frustrating and one day I will have to wright a book about them. Some examples I get more often than others. I think #1 go’s something like this.
Me: “Good morning, Sarasota Antiques, this is Robert, How can I help you?”
Southern Man:”This the antique store?”
Me: “Yes Sir, How can I help you?”
Me: (Louder and slower) Yes Sir, How can I help you?
Southern Man:”What?” What did you say? You ain’t from around here?”
(50% of the time this statement is followed by “SON” IE: “You ain’t from around here, are you SON?”) Some might find this threatening but over the phone from an older person, who probably cant run as fast as I can. It just makes me smile.)
Me: “No but I have lived in Sarasota for over 30 years. Are you looking to sell something?”
Southern Man:”where you out of?”
Southern Man:”What?…….. Wher’d you come from?…….Before?”
Me: ” Oh, London I was born in central London”
Southern Man:”OK England? Do you know the McFaderns? There from over there, Edinburgh? I think.”
Me: (now realizing this conversation could go on for several hours decide to not raise to the bait. Knowing full well that there are over 70milion people living in England and Edinburgh is in Scotland??? But that’s another Blog) “No sorry, I have been in Sarasota a long time, in the Antique business over 30 years. Now how can I help you ??”
Southern Man:”Well, I have these things, I got them from…. Well I have had them a long time…… Got them from????? My mother I think? but she got them from….. Well it must have been her mother or was it her aunt. Let me think. We had them when I moved to Florida? or did we go get them after mother passed?”
(Knowing this could go on for several minutes I interrupt.)
Me: “OK, sounds interesting. What are the they?”
Southern Man:”I don’t know”
(This always makes me lough. Make me think about check out at grocery store, “Paper or plastic” I DON’T KNOW!!!!!!)
Me: “Well can you describe the things to me?”
Southern Man: “Well they are in the garage, in boxes. I’m getting set to go back north, don’t want to take all this stuff back with me. When can you come and look???”
Me: “Well I normally try and find out what the items are before I drive all over Gods green earth. But why don’t you tell me where you live and If it close, well maybe.”
Southern Man: “I live in central Florida about 2hrs from Sarasota.”
Me: “Well before I drive for 2hrs, can you go to the garage and open some of the boxes. Maybe give me some idea of what it is I am coming to see?”
Southern Man: ” I thought you would just come and go though them with me. If you want you can buy the stuff and if it’s nothing, put it out to the street for the trash people”
Me: “Well, while that sounds like a wonderful idea, I don’t think it will fit into my schedule.”
Southern Man: ” Ok” Hangs Up……………………..
Truth is if he had been just down the street I probably would have gone. But 2hrs drive to move trash to the street seemed a bit much. I often wonder WHAT WAS IN THE BOXES?????
I think what I am trying to say is, if you want me to invest time in looking at your items for sale. Please invest some of your time in knowing what they are or trying to describe them. Some times the best way to do this is to send some photos. This can be ether by Email or Text a photo. I am happy to look and try to help.
Thanks for looking at my Blog hope you have a wonderful day. If you are looking to sell give me a call or send me an Email.
All the best
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