Saturday, 20 August 2016

Salon des Antiquaires


This weekend is the annual Salon des Antiquaires in our local town.  Paul and I decided to have a wander around although we knew we wouldn’t be remotely tempted to buy anything, especially at dealer prices.

Salon des Antiquaires

The first thing to catch my eye was an oversized pair of bronze lamps.  Tempting but I didn’t want the incense burner that was part of the set.   


We moved on. And then I saw them.  Love at first sight.  A pair of vintage red leather recliner chairs.  They were immaculate, and exceedingly comfy, complete with drinks holder.  
 
red chairs just visible in the background

The dealer wanted 2,500 euros. He mentioned a French designer. We ummed, we aahed, we ummed a bit more.  And then we walked away.   They might still be there tomorrow.







25 comments:

  1. Will you keep going back until he drops the price.

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    1. If the price was lower I would be very seriously tempted.

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  2. If they aren't there, you weren't meant to have them. If they are there, have your cheque book ready. They are gorgeous.

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    1. I've got a feeling someone will snap them up.

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  3. I love the gramophone best of all.

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    1. There was some interesting stuff there today.

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  4. Beautiful chairs, worth giving serious consideration, but the price is a bit steep. Then again, they may be better quality than anything you could buy at a similar price today.

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    1. I can't stop thinking about them..

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  5. Wonderful red leather chairs and I doubt very much that I could have walked away without putting in an offer.

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    1. They were so comfortable, a design classic.

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  6. I was tempted to ask the price of a huge stone cross, with Christ on one side and Mary on the other. Looked like it had been half-inched from the top of a church spire. I might go back today and broach the question. Lady M said "Where would you put it?".

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    1. I remember seeing that. It was very big! Yes, where would you put it?

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    2. It was €9,500; I decided against!

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  7. My gut reaction in a case like this would be to walk away and sleep on it. Usually the voice of reason chips in overnight. But I must say they do look rather tempting

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    1. You are absolutely right Weaver. This morning I am relieved I didn't spend a huge amount of money on two second hand fifty year old chairs. Now if they had been a bit cheaper ...

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    2. They might be a bit less today. Go on whizz down and have a look. It's only the price of a holiday and if you have a place for them....

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    3. That's the problem - I'd have to transport them back to the UK and I'm not absolutely sure they would look right. Too much of a gamble.

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  8. 2500 euros! Gulp! They do look smashing but they are secondhand... Now if the dealer was asking for 1500 euros, that would be different in my view.

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    1. That's the figure I had in mind.

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  9. We dined at The Commerce last night, and watched as everything was packed away in big vans.

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  10. I wonder if anyone bought my chairs...

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    1. If the Antiques/Old Stuff 'competition' progs. on afternoon TV are anything to go by you just have to have a positive attitude and offer a third of what they are marked at. Sometimes on these progs. they try to resell and still lose money.

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  11. They are beautiful and tempting, but then, look at it this way; how many glasses of excellent wine could you drink on an Ikea recliner for that price! ;)
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. You are absolutely right Maria :)

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