BEFORE & AFTER: A CUT ABOVE THE REST
A few times a year, (May, June and September) the opportunity to shop the Brimfield Antique Show surfaces. There are two ways to do this, first being go early with the professional buyers or go at the end of the show when dealers are looking to unload. No matter which one you chose, remember to drive a truck or at the very least a van.
TIGER LILY’S TIP #1: Have the Right Transportation & Fill-up Local
Here’s the link to the show,http://www.brimfieldshow.com. For city dwellers and swanky suburbanites, the location borders on the outer-bounds. I mean this in the nicest way. An area gas station, promotes the gun club with a bang and the gas prices brought me back a year or two.
TIGER LILY’S TIP #2 Bring Cash
We went on the last day on our September visit with cash. The best reason to have cash is it opens the negotiations. It also sets your budget. Once you are out, your out. Everyone wants to get the best value when they are at show or buying spec items. The trick is to stay with in a 20% margin. If you start acting tough and throw ridiculously cheap numbers at the dealers, you not only will insult but make for a wasted day where you don’t end up with anything.
The other point to bargaining in Brimfield is to look for a piece that you think is a bit of challenge. The stuff no-one likes to touch is usually what I gravitate toward. The beauty of preserving the artisan trade of upholstery at http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com is that we can revitalize any old piece. In the end, I paid $15.00 for this vintage barber’s chair. My negotiating tactics were largely based on the condition of the piece and that I had the transportation to cart the chair home.
I wanted to keep the look of the barber’s chair consistent with what was existing from its 1930s frame. While the initial frame was cheap, the rebirth was an investment. I think the tip here is that when you buy something at a low price point, you have to love it enough to spend a significant amount more then the purchasing price to get it back to its prime. I think we accomplished that.
I sat in the chair and spun it around. It’s like a little time machine. I thought about style, period and what makes something great at any age.
Coco Chanel says, “A style does not go out of style as long as it adapts itself to its period. When there is an incompatibility between the style and a certain state of mind, it is never the style that triumphs.”