StyleNorth reader Rob wrote to me for advice on how best to sell his enormous custom dining table, which was made by Toronto’s Cabinet and is still in mint condition. Rob and his partner will soon be moving into smaller digs which can’t accommodate a 15-foot table, one that comfortably seats 18 when the two leaves (18″ each) are in place (table is 47″ wide). He was considering consigning the piece although I think he’ll take too big a bath on it that way; consignment shops typically take about 50 per cent on a piece that will already be significantly marked down. And the trouble with Craiglist/Kijiji is that the people who shop on those sites don’t usually live in homes that can handle a piece of furniture this big.
I advised Rob to contact Waddington’s about potentially selling it at auction and I’d also recommend he go back to Cabinet, which may consider middling a re-sale and can certainly store it in the meantime. I also volunteered to feature the table here in case any of you are in the lucky position of being able to house such a beautiful behemoth. Rob paid $14,000 for the table and chairs and is prepared to let them go for $6,000. The set was featured in Canadian House and Home in November 2007 (below, photo by Ted Yarwood). Write to me and I’ll pass your interest along to Rob.