One never knew that one would need a 'bed side manner' in the consignment biz...but YES...you actually do.
We have well over 5,000 consignees that bring in their furniture, home accessories, antiques, and anything else that catches my eye that I think is 'sales' worthy.
It's definitely a people biz...and I'm learning that patience...really IS an art! I hear every long winded story there is about the history of the piece, why it got purchased in the first place, and why it is going away at this particular point in time.
the 'my MIL got me this...and I HATE it' stories, the...that SOB left me and I'm getting rid of all HIS stuff...the...we just got married and I LOVE this...but my new wife HATES it and is making me get rid of it because it doesn't go with anything in the house!
Yep...those are the stories my friends. And that brings me to this fabulous horse painting.
It falls under the last explanation and I gotta tell you I feel for the poor little guy that brought it in. He comes in every week just to gaze at it's glory. Ya gotta feel for a guy that makes weekly visitations don't ya?
And being a pure bonifide horse lover myself...I can relate.
Remember I was the kid in 4th grade that tied a hanky to my tail and ran around the playground like a crazed nut pretending to be a horse...neighing..no less.
No wonder I was kind of a loner.
Being an only child I had no siblings to tell me that I was a mess! I LIVED for horses, had every single little porcelain piece I could muster up the allowance to buy. I sat outside with my best friend writing horse stories at our picnic table. Oh...wow...the yarns we spun!
I was NEVER going to get married, just live on a gigantic horse farm with my BFF raising Arabian stallions. "Dark Tornado Tempest"...it took me a month to come up with that fabulous name for my main character horse...he was my dream horse.
So yep...I relate to this poor little schmoo...I wanted to tell him the fun is just beginning...but I think he actually might start crying if he's informed of this reality. He's already brought in his famed movie posters...The Black Lagoon, Wolfman, and one other I can't think of.
Yep...it's curtains for this guy on the home decor front. He's a realtor...he should know this right? I mean he shows houses to couples for a living! What's the percentage of guys with home decor opinions. Okay..I know they are out there...but how many times do they win?
Out of our vast social group of 25..there might be 1 guy...and all we women think he's weird anyhow!
Soooo when my 'newly anointed' little husband guy came in last week and lamented that his consignment contract was almost up...he said that he and the new Missus had redecorated the house a little and he was going to take a picture of the horses..just in case...in case she might let him have the gig lee back if it doesn't sell. He said he'd let me know. I told him that the Missus had visited the consignment gallery bringing in a few other pics and that she was pretty emphatic at that point that the horses weren't coming back to the O-K corral. AND that I had a few other people that were eyeballing the oil and that of course I was in the biz of sales, not the biz of storage so that certain...ahem...very sweet people could have 'their horse and view it too"
Aha...funny...SO early...and BEFORE my first sip of coffee too!
Sooo poor guy...yesterday one of the horse loving, high rolling customers (this print is pricy) came in and said that she was 99% sure she was going to buy the print for her horse loving DIL.
Now WHY can't I...have a MIL like that? One that has taste, doesn't mind spending $$ when something is worth what it's worth...has actually taken the time to find out your likes and dislikes...and is sweet?
Maybe on the next karma roll.
This one hasn't 'got it' in the past 35 years of marriage and as they say...'you can't teach an ole dog.....' you get it.
Anyhow my little MIL customer....with taste AND $$ is coming in today to shell out the big bucks to load these horses up. She's getting a FINE deal. The original Taos artist John Farnsworth sold this gig lee to our poor little realtor guy for over $1,800 dollars. We have it in the gallery for $699. It's signed and numbered...tell me you can't find fine art in the most unexpected places.
Oh boy...I feel bad for the little guy...I really, really do. But am I going to display, dust, pay rent and advertise a big butt picture for the last almost 90 days and give it back just because I feel sorry for the guy...and he'd probably go through torture I'm actually saving him from if he brought it back to the house in the first place?
Nope...I don't feel THAT bad...I'll just go buy a couple boxes of keen-nex and call it a day.
...But truly...I DO feel for the guy...I was going to buy the pic myself..it's WORTH every penny and I LOVE horses...LOVE em..but then I thought every time I looked at it I'd see his sad dejected little frowny face and that would take away most of the joy...I just couldn't bring myself to do that.
I'll try to remember to snap a shot before it's off to it's new home...and geeze oh Pete..it's going to be a HARD day when I have to tell him it sold. I'm hoping his wife put the ka~bash on it coming back so SHE can be the bad guy not me!
Told ya...a resident psychologist in training is what I is...
Doing GREAT with my FitBit...down 6 lbs..yip!
As promised here's that gorgeous horse picture...truly awesome!