Theo making sure his bowl doesn't run away!
Sorry not to be posting much. I sold a perfectly good item on eBay and
have someone being increasingly nasty and demanding dry cleaning costs
when there was nothing wrong with it when it left me. I shall not be
selling any more of my clothing on eBay again - there are some horrid
people out there. It's bad enough when you sell something and someone
never pays . . . I shouldn't let it get me down so, but it is - the
unfairness of it I suppose.
Anyway, we've just been watching the Antiques Roadtrip, as we do every weekday evening. Today they were in Wiltshire and ending up in Wareham - at Cottees sale room, where we started off buying stuff (for our house) at auction. It still looked pretty much the same, though different faces there. So many happy memories of days there with T in her push-chair (she was a very obliging baby!) We still have quite a few of the pieces we bought then.
We have enjoyed going to auction so much over the years, and seen some real fluctuations in prices and demand. Boxes of fairly ordinary china went from £3 or £4 up to £20 or more over the years. They're going back down now - it's Winter and not so many car boot sales so demand is less. We have seen the zenith of Victorian furniture (never popular due to its size) and now it is in the duldrums again. Nobody wants ordinary prints and paintings - you can get half a dozen for a fiver at one sale we go to. Some things (the nice chairs we have collected in the past) keep their money better. Good Welsh dressers tend to hold their money too. We are just getting back into auction-going again after several years away so it is interesting to see what prices things are making. Of course, it depends on what auction you go to as some are more expensive than others as they have a different quality of items in the sale. The last one I went to the boxes of china had a mixture of ordinary and very nice desirable china in and were beyond my pocket.
Well, the cold is getting to my fingers again - away from the fire it is perishing - once the house gets cold it takes a lot to warm it up again and we daren't have the central heating on. Keep warm everyone.