What Goes Around

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February 6, 2011
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…seems to come around again!

I have a couple of stories today illustrating how pieces in this business can travel about and eventually come full circle. In our Jan 22 auction we sold a very nice hall mirror.  It had come to us from a home in Orillia. A week or so after the auction, I received a rather interesting email from the new owner. “We owned the same mirror ten or fifteen years ago believe it or not.  It hung above a hall table in the old house for several years, and we sold it after we bought a hall stand to replace it. Now here in the new house, we have one of a kind 1/4 cut oak hall bench, and of course we wanted a mirror to go over it. We tried several different ones and none of them were just right…and we commented on several  different occasions that we needed to find one like the one we owned all those years ago. Imagine my surprise when I saw it on your website!  There couldn’t have been two the same, and sure enough when we got a chance to see the back, we knew it was our old one as we used to mark everything we sold.  As we hoped, it looks wonderful in the hall above the bench. The size, style and colour are very compatible and you would think they were made for each other!!!” So I called the consignor, and sure enough he had purchased it through the same auction the new owners had sold it through so many years ago.  So it all connected, and the mirror went back to one of the original owners, after a ten of fifteen year stay in Orillia. The consignor was delighted it went back to the appreciative original owners, and as you can read, the original owners were happy to have it back again! Now another one for you.  In November I helped auctioneer Bob Severn with a very large on-site auction in Alliston.  We were selling in two rings due to the size of the sale.  I was selling outside, and eventually went into the garage and sold some furniture stored in there.  I sold a large sideboard to one of my regular auction customers. When he attended our Jan22 auction, he handed me an old business card he found in the piece of furniture.  It was a card from my old antique store, and on it I had proudly written that this piece was the 3,578th  piece of furniture sold through Rob’s Place Antiques!  I operated that store from 1984-94, and in 2010, without realizing it, I sold the piece again! So yes, it is a small world, especially in the world of antiques. As they say, what goes around, comes around…but in this case I mean in a positive way! IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THIS OR ANY OTHER ARTICLE, FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT rob@robsageauctions.com  ALWAYS NICE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
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