It was the best of times, it was . . .
Oh, wait. Wrong story.
Recently, while touring antiques shops in Western New York, I made two purchases. Coincidentally, in each instance the store was a single-owner venue, as opposed to a Co-op where multiple vendors set up under one roof.
The distinction doesn’t matter all that much. It’s worth noting only insofar as single-owner shops have become increasingly scarce. And the trend is unlikely to turn around.
While my touring isn’t at all unusual – and the term “touring” is code for wasting considerable time and gasoline – making a purchase is. Though never calculated, I suspect that 25 percent would be a generous estimate of number of visits to number of purchases. Four visits to every purchase.
In baseball terms, I believe that’s batting .250. Which is pretty close to qualifying for membership in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame.
It’s not that I’m a piker or overly fussy. Rather, that which I’m interested in buying doesn’t turn up all that often.
But, on consecutive days, two items separated by 90 miles and each one enclosed inside a glass display cabinet were priced and on display.
They shared in common form: each was a vase, each was cylindrical and each was about 7 inches tall. One was ceramic and the other metal.
And in each instance, the vase was fairly priced. Not a gift. And I wouldn’t have been “stealing” it. But fair.
A little discussion with the shop owner, some incidental and unrelated chit-chat, and the purchase was consummated.
The proprietor benefited from a sale that day. And I was able to inspect each object in order to satisfy myself, first-hand, as to its condition and acceptability.
While I’m happy to own each one, there was the additional benefit of an in-store/person purchase. In fact, I’m not sure if I was more delighted at finding the two vases or the fact that they appeared in a bricks and mortar shop instead of online.
Now back to the knitting.
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