Joined: Nov 30, 2003
From: Kansas City, MO
|Posted: 2003-11-30 10:21 pm  Permalink|
Okay, I'm a softie, and can't stand to keep people guessing... Besides, I am curious if we paid a bit much in your opinions. The asking price for the big tiki was either $400.00 or $450.00, as I said, I traded for it, so it wasn't a cash purchase. I gave a Coca-cola metal sign, probably 1960's, I paid about $60.00 for that sign, and I gave another metal ad sign, kind of generic, I got it and another sign for a $1.00 at an auction, the other sign was a nice one, which I gave to a good friend a few years ago, so basically I had nothing in the second sign. I hadn't hung the Coke sign since I moved to this house about 4 years ago, and had never hung the other sign, so both were just collecting dust in the garage. I think Paul may think it was a bit high, considering the condition of the tiki. I'll never forget our conversation as we stood in that yard in a cold downpour. Paul saying, "you have no idea what bad condition it's in, it's not worth it." Me, "I know it needs help, but its condition won't get any better sitting out here in a yard all year long, what condition will it be in in a year?" He just shook his head, like he thought I was crazy, and I said, "just let me buy it, and take it home and put it somewhere dry, I can always find it a good home if you decide you don't want it." (sheesh, I sounded like I was talking about a puppy!) So he agreed, and it became his project in October. I am one of those tiki buyers who never spends more than $5.00 on an item, with the exception of a couple of Shag mugs, which I bought at 30.00 new and a Shag purple lamp... The tiki was in bad shape on the inside, but the outside isn't bad, so it displays well. I am just glad Sven Kirsten talked us into posting the info on this site, it's great to read the nice things you all have to say about it. Makes up for the people who see it in our house and look at us as though we are insane! Attached is another photo of the tikis original bad condition, we glued back on the pieces that were missing on the bottom rim, so it looks nice again. And do let me know what you think of the price. It's okay if you think it was a bit high, but don't say it was way too high, or Paul will go back to thinking I'm crazy!