I received a nice reminder today of why I search for vintage treasures, sometimes the treasure I find is not for me, but for someone else. Here's an email I received this morning that has gotten my anniversary month on Ruby Lane off to a fantastic start:
I wanted to let you know I received the bracelet and it's
I owned one of these bracelets and bought it with a friend during
a trip to Sedona - it had great sentimental value to me. I had
it for over 15 years and NEVER took it off. Just a few weeks
ago, I looked down and realized my bracelet was gone! It had
fallen off at some point and I searched and searched and could
not find it. I was heartbroken. So at 3 a.m., not being able to
sleep because I was so upset for losing it, I did a google search
and could not believe it when I saw the exact bracelet for sale
on your site! I just wanted to let you know what the bracelet
means to me and it's value to me is priceless! Thank goodness I
found you! Thank you so much!
Plus it is great to know that she found my shop through a Google search after all the time I have been spending on social networking lately! Just wanted to share . . .
Love the story. That is wonderful.
Sometimes the profit is only a portion of the satisfaction of a sale. Kudos to you for making someone so very happy.
Lovely story, thanks for sharing it with us! And as Jen says, Kudos to you!
That is a truly wonderful story!! Thank you for sharing it!
I know that Jen of Antique Beak has a lovely story along these lines, putting something in her shop that was identified by a previous owner. I hope she'll share it with you, I remember it so well. It's incredible how things work out, selling online, with a world wide market, being able to Google things. A few years ago, I had an old tennis trophy in my shop, from the 1930's, with the winner's name engraved. Her grand daughters contacted me, they had found it online, told me all about their grandmother, it was so heartwarming to hear the story. Of course, I let them have the trophy for what I had paid for it. Jennifer went one better, she gave it to the previous owner, if I remember correctly.
I was thinking about serendipity and it always blows me away how things happen. I purchased the bracelet in a second hand shop right here in my town last summer. I was going to keep it for myself since I liked it but found by October that I hadn't worn it once. So I put it in my shop and it was just waiting there online for this buyer in another state to find it when she needed to. I got no communication from her until this note today so I can just imagine that she didn't want to get too excited to have found it until it was in her hands. I am so glad she shared her story with me.
You mentioned having things go back to a previous owner . . . I had a boy doll as a child, it was my mother's and from the 1950s and I loved that doll! Well I grew up, moved out, forgot all about it, my parents moved and tossed a ton of stuff (I don't even want to think about the great stuff they tossed!) in their alley in Chicago. I am sure the pickers went through it. A couple years ago, I decided I needed to find a doll like the one I had. I found one on vacation in Michigan in an antique shop and I swear that this is MY doll, same flea bites on the fingers and toes, same exact outfit which was missing some of the original clothing, vest, shoes. I've seen versions of this doll online but none of them look exactly like the one I found.
From my start as a dealer in 1996 stories like yours are the highlight of why I do this still.
I have had woman looking for dolls they had as children that someone "accidently got rid of," coffee cup you would think was made of gold as they broke theirs that a child gave them and they broke etc.
On my blog is a pink trench coat story of a customer that was thrilled to get the one from me and she sent a photo of her grandmother in the 1960s in a similar one.
I even had a grandaughter buy some dishes from me once that said it was named after her grandmother. Seems the maker was in love with the grandmother way back when but she was not so he named the china after her.
My favorite though will always be the elderly gentleman that nearly cried when I was doing a show once. I had a ruby cake plate and he told me how during the depression he and his little brother saved for a year to buy one for their mother they saw in a window.
Glad you found your doll. I also have on my blog a story about a baby blanket and our grandchild.
I really believe this was Serendipity also. I found it the year he was born and it is about my mother in law as well.
I would love to have dealers post their stories here to share with us!