Thursday, January 9, 2014

Thrifting Respect


In flea ‘marketeering’ as I like to call it,

there is always a story.

I met this painting, propped on the ground, leaning up against an 18 wheeler

at the flea market.

The seller was sitting on the tailgate of her truck,

swinging her legs,

laughing with her friends.

It was a beautiful Saturday morning.

She smiled and asked me why I wasn’t there the previous Saturday.

I explained about a visit to see my grandsons.

”Ah….yes..”, she said.

We had a moment of mutual understanding about the need to see our grandchildren.

And then it was time for business.

After a moment or two of silence, as I pondered the price,

I paid her full price.



Because the painting is lovely- especially above my cream colored couch and its olive green velvet pillows.

Because she found it and hauled it from Tulsa to the end of Texas.

Because thrifting , like everything else in life is about mutual respect.  


Linking to:

Thrifty Life Thursday at Revisionary Life

Vintage Thingy Thursday

Fabulously Creative Friday

Feathered Nest Friday

Be Inspired Friday



Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Gorgeous painting- and a steal! Love the story that goes with it. :)

Audrey said...

Love the painting Laura. Oh My GOSH, what a deal. Both buyer and seller are happy and that is what it is all about. Love the way you told your story.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Revi said...

Beautiful story...and a great painting to go with it! I love your perspective, and the term "flea marketeering." SO COOL! Thanks for linking up at Thrifty Life Thursday. :)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is a lovely a vintage dealer I always love when I am treated with respect by a buyer, and I know how much they appreciate their treasure! Your painting is a wonderful find! Thanks so much for stopping by...I'm a new follower on bloglovin...

My Garden Diaries said...

What a find lady! Oh my goodness! That painting is just gorgeous!!! 25 bucks well spent!!! Happy weekend to you!!! Nicole

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your painting is just beautiful and a bargain even at full price!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Love that term Flea Marketeering...
Love the painting and the greens that draw you into the scenery.
Have to love the woman that respect the vendor... :)
Didn't know about Thrifty Life Thursday...going over to see what this is about.

Pura Vida said...

I am not surprised because you are just a dear person

Coloradolady said...

Love this! I am sure she was glad to have made the sale! I think you got a fantastic deal, and it is lovely! Happy VTT

Donnamae said...

Perfect! Love the story and the lesson that goes with it! ;)

Judy said...

Good for you, Laura. Not only for the great picture you found but for not haggling the seller down to nothing. Having been in the "business" with two antique booths a few years ago, it was amazing to me how some people have the nerve to ask you to take a discount on something already penny's on the dollar. Customers never consider what it goes into finding, hauling, polishing, repairing, set up fees and then want you to give it to them. Way to go Laura, you and the seller were both happy. Now take it to Antiques Roadshow and find out it's priceless!!!! Have a Blessed Day, Judy in Arkansas

Alison Agnew said...

that lovely picture
was worth every penny
you paid-and a great deal
at that

there is nothing like
spending a sunny morning
trawling the booths
at the local flea

Fridays Unfolded is back
and i would love for you
to stop by and join in!

Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

Unknown said...

Beautiful painting and it comes with a wonderful story....worth it's weight in gold!

June said...

Hi Laura, I came to thank you for blessing me with your comment. I don't know if you will know what it meant to have you leave it for me, but then when I read this post I realized and remembered what a great heart you have. To respect those who are working hard at their trade and be thoughtful of her price made me realize again why I adore you so much (I know I haven't been around here much but I have learned much from you over these past years) There is a great message in this post for all of us who read it and desire to know what you are really saying in it.
hugs from here...

Nancy's Notes said...

Laura, what a grand find! Oh my heavens, you are so the master of Flea Marketeering! Your painting is truly a prize find- it's going to look sensational above your amazing cream colored couch and your classic olive green velvet pillows.

Okay, it's a must, I'm going to find a flea market! I want to feel that invigorating, alluring, enthralling joy that I use to get when I would go to flea markets in Austin. I can tell you enjoy it so much! Getting out on gorgeous day to look for treasures, oh my! The joy! I want that feeling again. I want to get out and go find an antique sale again! It's the little things...need them!

Gosh, this got long! Oh well, not going to erase! I could tell you over coffee, but I could forget!

Love you, sweet Laura

Pondside said...

I like that, Laura. You have a beautiful painting and the good feeling of having paid a fair price.

trash talk said...

I wish everyone had this attitude. That's the way I buy as well L.B. If it's a fair price and one I'm willing to pay why mess with the dance. After all...somebody is bound to get their foot stepped on. Love it and you.
P.S. I have a friend who calls C.D. and I the Junketeers and I consider that high praise indeed.

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Lovely Painting, Laura...
Happy seller, Happy Buyer, makes a great deal. : )

designchic said...

You couldn't go wrong with this beautiful!

20 North Ora said...

Beautiful painting and great buy! I am your newest follower.


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