Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Did I spend too much?

Over the weekend, we had a good amount of snow (for Virginia) and decided to take Baxter for a walk in the snow. On our way home from the Downtown Mall, we passed by a consignment/antique store where I saw a white, porcelain owl in the window. The store was closed due for the snow day, but I decided to stop in on Monday to buy the owl. I figured it would be $10-$12.

Yesterday, I went into the store on the way home from work and plucked the owl out of the window. I was shocked when I flipped it over. It was $40. But it was also marked "Limoges, France". Who knew Limoges made large, porcelain animals?

I bought it.



I totally overspent, didn't I? I think I might be having some form of buyer's remorse. I want the owl, I'm just bummed that it was Limoges and therefore was $40. Does that make sense?
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16 comments:

  1. That totally makes sense to cheap-o me. He a beaut, though.

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  2. It makes sense to me too, but if you really love it, consider it a (not too big) splurge and move on! Think of all the enjoyment he/she will bring! And since its a Limoges, it will be easier to sell if you ever lose "that lovin' feeling".

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  3. Put the price out of your mind! If you love it, enjoy it and think of it as "priceless"! (at least that is what I tell myself too!) He's awesome -- tres chic.

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  4. He is lovely. At least resale value will be more if you ever get tired of it!

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  5. I love it. You loved it. You could afford it. I say it's ok.

    By any chance did you haggle? I ALWAYS haggle at flea markets and antique stores. And sometimes even at thrift stores. It'll get you at least 10% off if not more. Antique dealers will always drop the price. Just food for thought.

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  6. If you love it, it's not too much. I mean, think about it, you probably have bought a shirt for that much that doesn't bring you as much joy as seeing that little guy on your table!

    Does he have a name yet? You've got a little menagerie going! I love it!

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  7. I totally get it. When this happens to me, sometimes the item goes back, sometimes I keep it. Go with your gut.

    And, for whatever it's worth, a quick search on etsy for "porcelain owl" yielded quite a bounty. One handmade white one that looked to be the closest to yours was also selling for $40. The vintage, non-white {but-could-be-white-with-spray-paint} were more in the $10-20 range.

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  8. I 100% agree with slip4. Yes it was a splurge, but you like it, its really nice and it's not like it was an 800 dollar splurge, it was a 40 dollar splurge...

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  9. Totally makes sense ... you love it, but you want a deal.

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  10. he's great! ...and a $40 splurge (for something you could potentially have forever) is not so bad. just think - going out to eat one time is $40 (and what do have to show for that?!) :)

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  11. Hi! I made my way over here from Russet Street Reno and couldn't not comment on the owl. I have a passion for owl and bird decor, so I might be biased, but I say money well spent. It's adorable, it can spruce up any space and in the grand scheme of things, 40 dollars isn't a huge splurge.

    I have the same problem, though. I'm so into being frugal and haunting Craig's List and Goodwill that I hesitate spending anything over 30 dollars. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that we work so we can occasionally treat ourselves!

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  12. Sounds like the cost equivalant of one moderately priced dinner. The dinner would give you a satisfying feeling for a couple of hours, and your little owl will put a smile on your face every time you see her. So, which is the better value? As Meg said above, you work hard to have the money for occasional treats. And, she's very cute.

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  13. If you like it it is not too much at all. I think he is cute, if you wanted to know haha

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  14. YOU GOT THE BUY OF THE CENTURY!!!! The Limoge barn own figurine box lists for $192. If it has the Haviland Limoges hallmark, it's a steal. Congratulations!

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  15. I love it and so long as you do too it doesn't matter. Besides, $40 really isn't *that* much.

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  16. I agree w/ the others, if you love it & can afford it, why not? Life's too short to find bargains for EVERYTHING.

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