This was another of those auction purchases that left me shaking my head.
I was sitting in the back of the room, after checking over the inventory to be auctioned which I’d done on two separate days (and so, thought I had a good handle on what was for sale).
There was a great deal of amazing jewelry that I wanted to buy – I hadn’t seen a single lot that I didn’t want. That made sense as I overheard someone saying the jewelry had come from a high end Maine artisan shop that went out of business; I knew that shop and had been to two of their boutiques which carried items of amazing craftsmanship. The bidders in the room also knew it. They outbid me – significantly – on nearly every lot.
Anyway, when a second lot of “Native American jewelry” came up, I was a bit surprised because I couldn’t remember having seen this second one, but what the heck, I entered the bidding, and won it. And was puzzled to find it wasn’t quite what I’d expected.
The lot consisted of a few Native American pieces (see next blog), but mostly included the items listed below. If they’re Native American, I’m sure those who work with jewelry making know exactly what all of this is worth, but since it’s not something I typically sell, I’m happy to sell everything listed below in one sale for 10% of the original tagged prices.
Condition: All are in new, never used, condition.
Here’s what I found:
Bagged, in individual jewelry bags; all with lobster claw clasps, and all tagged with their lengths, diameters and original prices:
…. 16″, 4 mm black rubber cord, originally priced at $19.00 each – 2 pieces
…. 18″, 2,5 mm black rubber cord, originally priced at $18.00 – 1 piece
…. 18″, 3 mm black rubber cord, originally priced at $19.00 each – 9 pieces
…. 18″, 4 mm black rubber cord, originally priced at $21.00 each – 6 pieces
There are 18 pieces in all that are bagged, with total original pricing of $353.00. (They had been marked down to less than half of their original prices, to a total of $140.00.)
Loose, all with lobster claw clasps, and all tagged with their lengths, diameters and original prices:
…. 16″, 4 mm black rubber cord, originally priced at $19.00 each – 11 pieces
…. 18″, 4 mm black rubber cord, originally priced at $21.00 each – 1 piece
There are 12 pieces in all that are loose, with a total original pricing of $230.00. (These also had been marked down to less than half of their original prices, to a total of $91.00.)
There is also a single red rubber cord, bagged, with a lobster claw clasp, and tagged with its length, diameter and original price, which was not marked down for some reason:
…. 18″, 2 mm red rubber cord, originally priced at $15.00 – 1 piece
The total original price on this entire lot of 31 pieces was $598.00. Markdowns at the artisans shop before it closed brought those prices down to a total of $246.00.
Our Price: $60.00, which is 10% of the original prices, and just under $2.00 per piece. Plus 5.5% Maine State Sales Tax of $3.30 for a total of $63.30. (Unless you have a resellers certificate, of course.)
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