What is value?

Category: What on Earth!?

Has something ever caught your eye and made you wonder...hmm? What IS it with that? It looks quite ordinary and yet...maybe not?

That's pretty much how we spend our days here at Chez Stuff. And 99 times out of 100, the article in question is quite, quite ordinary. Taking-up- too-much-floor-space ordinary. Hard-to-vacuum-around ordinary.

And then, there was this wooden bowl...which popped up (of course) at 3:00 in the morning when I couldn't sleep... (click to make the picture larger)

After I dusted it off, I noticed that it was quite pretty actually. The sides were so thin and delicate...like porcelain. I went ahead to research the mark on the Internet:

Hmm. James Prestini:

Zoiinnnkkkss! Argh. This is going to blow the whole estate/garage sale. Which will only work if we have garage sale prices. This bowl can't be an estate sale item. More research work turned up turned-wooden bowls and a very old hand carved bowl:

So, in a bit of nervousness, I abandoned researching wood for another day. We did something much more straightforward over the evening that required less time. I would pick up the book, call out the characteristics to A who would then look it up on the book sales sites. We'd look for the same book in the same condition, write down the price and then set OUR price for a third of that. It would be nice to sell this all online, but this parallel life is all out of whack.

So, here were the books that had the strangest titles (to me!)

This book could explain a LOT about this house. We expect it was W's. And we are almost afraid to read it because it might ruin the suspense.

And the alternative would be....?

Groan. Collectible cookbooks...we start running into trouble again on a few.

Okay. Time for bed. Anytime an advertising pamphlet about Americanized Mexican food veers into "not for garage sale" territory price-wise, I'm outta here. I do not understand collectibles obviously! I have a collectibles-blind-spot. Oh drat.

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Man, I love wooden bowls. To bad I'm not in your neck of the woods, I'd try to make an offer on them for you.

Thanks for the site too, it's great fun to see what you are willing to go through just to keep us entertained :P

Oh yeah, I also forgot to mention that I probably can't afford a Prestini (considering what others have gone for). :(

I have to thank you for making me laugh at the end of a long day at work - How to Hide Almost Anything - how appropriate can that be!
Thanks again for all the time and effort you are putting into this website - it's my pick me up everyday. Can't wait for the garage sale.

Every day just keeps getting better...and funnier. No offense intended whatsoever, but your life is a RIOT!! I am just waiting for the day you say you pulled popped off a baseboard and found Al Capone's vault.


But no dead bodies!!! PLEASE!

Geraldo would be a nuisance in a place like this.


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