Here’s a blast from the past. Eminentcritic’s comment about seeing a Falcon Chair at GUFF sent me to their site to find out what they were asking — same price but in leather with an ottoman so technically a better deal although it wouldn’t have gone nearly as well with my decor. But I digress; while on the GUFF site (one of my top five Toronto vintage shops, BTW!) I spotted this teak bar cart, which looks more than a little like the cart I rehabbed in this post from September 2009. To quickly recap, I found the cart at St. Lawrence Antiques Market for $15, then after a few years of use, left it for dead in a nasty cellar before reviving it with some careful sanding and polymerized tung oil. If I’d had a use for the cart it wouldn’t have been rotting in the basement so I flipped it on Craigslist for $60. What did GUFF get for its cart? $245! Two lessons learned, a) obviously I’m underpricing my finds on CL and b) a little elbow grease can really pay off, literally.
A note about GUFF, their merch is truly priced to sell and turns over practically daily. I’ve seen other MCM dealers on the street spit after saying the name GUFF because they can’t compete with the pricing and they’re green over how quickly things move in and out of the store. You won’t always find a gem at GUFF but your odds are better than even. See my earlier post about the shop here.