"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bed In A Teapot



Well, this is the last time you'll hear me whining about that bed.  I remembered my stash I keep in this chintz teapot.  Though I must have been dipping into it a lot, (told you I can't remember anything) it is going for my bed.  That, and I had two ladies that just left who took me to the cleaners on some of the antiques I have been wanting to get rid of.  They have a store and wanted to pay pennies on the dollar, but it was a chance to get rid of stuff and get my bed.  A twofer and a new bed to boot.  So done deal.  Yippee! 

34 comments:

  1. Antique dealers. I am working on a £20,000 article for one right now, and he asked how much my work would cost. I said £1500, and he said, "I would rather it was £1000". I said I am sure he would...

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    1. I can never think of the quick comeback until later. It is a gift. I do realize the dealers have overhead, but I think of all the things they purchased, I took a loss. I usually at least try to get my money back, but those days a behind me I think. Makes me wonder about the economy.

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    1. I'm one of those who stashes money.....
      if only I could remember where...lol
      I'm happy you are getting your gorgeous bed, I see beautiful dreams in your future :)
      ~Jo

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    2. Thank you my dear Jo. I wish I didn't remember where it was because I had dipped into it too many times without replenishing it. Lesson for me.

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  3. Glad to hear you are happy!! Sweet dreams on that new bed!

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I hope I enjoy it. I fear I'll be telling grandkids don't get or jump on my bed etc.

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  4. Sleep happily and well. Although I do love that tea set and would have been sorry to part with it.

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    1. It's one of my many collections Pat. I had my money hidden away in the teapot. I love chintz too when I can find it cheap enough.

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  5. Your chintz tea set is very English Donna !! Thank goodness for secret stash places !!!!
    Enjoy your lovely bed .... I'm so pleased that you're getting it. XXXX

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    1. Though I'll occasionally buy a piece of Japanese chintz, which is very cheap, I usually only buy the English pieces. It doesn't matter the pattern as I have many different ones. Thank you. I am happy now that I have extra money to pay for it and not feel guilty for buying it.

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  6. better to purge. I am working on that myself, alas it is true-I never GET WHAT I PAID FOR IT EITHER! pgt

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    1. I can only imagine as an interior designer (famous too you guys and gals with a book coming out) you must have to warehouse all the stuff you have. Yes, I will be purging. With two housefuls, a garage full and a barn full, it has to be done. That bed better be quality or I'll be sending it back with the delivery men. I will be looking over every surface before they leave.

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  7. Good, then you have decided to take the plunge and purchase THE bed. Well why not?! It is a great bed and you will be so happy looking at it, you may never want to leave the bedroom.Of course, now you will need bedding and new pillows, 800 count sheets and a rug and curtains to compliment the bed. Seems like a lot of fun to me!

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    1. Yes dear Jeri, I don't feel so guilty now that I came up with extra money for it. I'm going to take my time decorating the bedroom, but really, with all the stuff I have, I won't have to get much. It's pitiful. Anyone want to buy an antique wall-sized tapestry? I have some smaller ones I might use, but I don't think I'm going to use all that many antiques in there. This house is pretty formal, so I am having to make it less so as it just isn't me.

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  8. I like how you get things done!!
    Sweet dreams..I only have a small plate .like your chintz:) it's on a wall..

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    1. Monique, I've been collecting chintz for a long time. I originally wanted to collect majolica but it was too expensive. Chintz was high, but more affordable. I still look for good deals on it. I do have some majolica, but only when I found it at good pricing. I just ordered that bed and they added another $400. to it for shipping and taxes. When did they start adding taxes online? Made me mad!

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  9. Donna, that tea set is quite lovely. I have a little collection of antique and vintage English china, but not a single piece of chintz. Maybe some day I will find an item that calls to me in the same way that your new bed did to you. Sorry about the greedy antique dealers...but still, in a sense that have helped you with some clearing, while contributing to the bed funding.

    Best wishes on a very Happy Delivery Day! xo

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    1. Thank you dear Frances. Yes, the dealers helped me get rid of large pieces of furniture and some smaller things. Though I took a loss on everything, it was just sitting in the barn and is stuff left over from my antique dealing days. I don't have to load them up now and haul them to a show or get a booth in an antique mall. So, it was worth it though I always try and at least make my money back on antiques. I hope I love the bed too.

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  10. I'm looking through my teapots - being English I have several - but didn't find a dime!
    Love your beautiful bed and hope you spend many blissful nights of rest. You need 'Rough Linen' sheets from Tricia in Calif.- then it will be the perfect French bed!!
    Mary -

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    1. Thank you Mary. My daughter bought some of those sheets from Restoration Hardware, spent much more on them than I ever would (I have my limits) and they ended up just shredding in the wash. I'll keep all posted on the bed: I already have buyer's remorse (my anxiety problems.)

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  11. Thank you from Paris !

    Thank you for this compassion shared per so many people! Thank you for all these strong thoughts! Thank you to think of all these families!
    Parisian friends live near as of places of the attacks and the friends of my children often leave in the district 10th and 11th since they live there too, we were very very afraid for them all… it is the shock and the absolute horror.


    We will remain strong: I remember this wave of attacks in 1995 To travel by the subway sometimes with the fear with the belly. I was going to just work behind the Fields-Elysées 'street of Berry' the Every day of the bomb scares, it was difficult… because there had been several attacks of which one in Bld Saint Michel with several deaths… We remain strong and today we will remain STRONG!

    - Cath

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    1. Yes Cath. We can defeat them as we are all in this together. Stay strong and go about living and they will be nothing. A good example for those who would think of joining such nothings. Evil cannot win.

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  12. Hooray Donna- sounds like you will be sleeping like a queen. Glad you found a way. Have a wonderful day. Hugs!

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    1. You too Deborah. I feel better finding the extra money and selling stuff I don't need. It assuages my guilt for spending more than I would for something like the bed.

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  13. What a beautiful spot to keep cash! So many lovely pieces together. Great to hear that you are closer to your dreamy bed!

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    1. Well, it's empty now. The whole cabinet is full of chintz and majolica. I will have to show some pics someday. I've collected all different patterns for years. It is one of the collections I won't be selling anytime soon.

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  14. Sorry the antiques ladies took advantage of you. That wasn't very nice but seems like that is a phase in the world now ,people just aren't nice.

    Anyway I'm glad your getting your beautiful bed

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    1. It really is a win/win in that I don't have to rent space in an antique mall and haul it all myself or try to sell it all online which I don't enjoy. I'm just happy to get rid of it. And, they are coming back for more. This time I'll try and get a backbone and just be firm in my pricing. At least make most of my money back on the pieces. And, there are things I'd never part with except for a crazy price.

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