Here’s the last of three of the interesting consignor personalities I meet. Unlike the Dreamer and the Realist, who both cherish their antiques but have wildly different expectations as to their values, the Skeptic doesn’t really believe that the world of antiques has a place for her, although she enjoys watching Pawn Stars or Antiques Roadshow often enough—mostly for the feel-good human interest side of those shows.
That you’ll cure her boredom, or at least help her kill a little time.
“There’s no way this thing is like that one I saw on TV, but I was bored and my friends made me come here, so whatever…”
The Skeptic is a rare breed. A watcher of antiques-related shows on TV, the Skeptic has never stopped to think that she may own an object of antique value, despite her exposure to the miracles happening on PBS every Monday night. In fact, she is usually prompted by friends who tell her that the object might be worth showing to someone who knows better. She has no sentimental attachment to the old painting/sampler/whale’s tooth/art deco brooch/lamp that has always been in her closet/basement/underwear drawer/sideboard/barn.
The Skeptic usually thinks her item is ugly, boring, creepy, or all three, and our efforts center on convincing her that we DO want to actually put the thing in an auction, and that people may actually pay money for it. The appraiser’s glowing words are met with an indifferent shrug and “so I can leave this here now, right?”
Results of a Consignment
First off, after learning the wonderful news that she doesn’t have to return her Philadelphia Chippendale chair to the back seat of her Oldsmobile, or that she doesn’t have to repack her peacock-colored Sandwich glass and lug it back up to the attic, she will consign. All Skeptics do. Despite a cheerful end to the auction process, and even after she has been proven wrong about the worthiness of her object every step of the way, the Skeptic’s last words are often “I still can’t believe anyone wanted that.”
Are you a Skeptic?
What are you waiting for? Don’t put your family’s old duck decoy in the trunk in the attic and forget about it – put it in the trunk of your car and bring it here! You never know, someone may actually pay good money for it!