Romance of the Stars, or, What’s wrong with thrift stores?Posted: December 17, 2013
What’s so wonderful about Romance of the Stars?
Ah, it’s a fantabulous mid-century atomic starburst pattern! It was love at first sight!
Romance of the Stars! How I admire your bone-colored background with black-and-white dots and stars. Platinum trim! What’s not to love? (Okay, “hand wash only” isn’t optimal, but I’d work around it.)
I found it in a local thrift store and would have taken it home with me right then and there if the price had been right.
Someone in the back room decided to look up the pattern on Replacements Ltd. and price it accordingly. You’ll notice that it’s now “on sale” for the paltry, bargain price of $325.
Better sets have sold for a fraction of this price on eBay. And I wouldn’t even pay eBay price plus shipping.
Did they honestly expect someone to get all excited and pull $423.70 out of their wallet? (Don’t you just love the 70 cents?) In a thrift store?!
How about move the decimal point over to the left? There weren’t even any teacups!
This isn’t the only ridiculously overpriced item I’ve seen lately. A growing percentage of thrift store managers seem to think they’re curating the Antiquities Department of Sotheby’s.
What’s up with that? Will this trend fizzle out or will it only get worse?