Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Moral Dilemma

Well, not really.

Today a nice vase appeared on the shelf at the charity shop for the delightful sum of £1.99. I really, really, really wanted to buy it as it was a Whitefriars bark vase in cinnamon, ideal for on my dressing table. 

BUT

apparently I had my lovely head on today and told the manager that it was probably worth asking a bit more for it, he made call to someone who knows about these things and she confirmed I was right. So I class that as my good deed for the day. The thing is, I know I would have felt bad about only paying a couple of quid, but would I have felt the same had I spotted it at another charity shop or in a junk shop somewhere? I just don't know, my suspicion is that I would have just bought it and said thank you very much.

What would you have done in my situation?


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  1. I think I would have done the same as your lovely self. It means my conscience allows me to sleep well at night. X

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    1. It was the right thing to do, I mentioned it to Dan and he said he wouldn't have wanted it had I not spoken up either.

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  2. I would have done the same thing you did. More money for your shop!

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    1. Exactly, that's why I'm there, it's all about raising money.

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  3. I looked up a picture of said vase. Really interesting texture and look.
    I think I would buy it at the higher price still.
    If you like it do buy it.
    Not sure if I would have tipped off manager.
    A bit selfish I suppose.
    I collect colorful Viking, Fenton, Murano, etc, glass vases and decanters. The taller and swoopier the better. I display them on top of my kitchen cabinets.
    Paid between $2 to $25 or so for them. Various thrift shops or garage sales. One of the tallest was free from a girl via freecycle.

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    1. It is exciting to find a real bargain, and how great to receive something from freecycle too!

      If I get chance to buy it I think I still might.

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  4. Oh, now that is a dilemma. What price has the manager put on it now?
    xx

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    1. I think he might put it on Ebay. I'm tempted to speak to someone about it next time I'm there to see if we can strike a deal to save them the faff of trying to sell it online.

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  5. I suppose if someone is prepared to pay a little bit more, and it brings them joy, then that's all to the good.

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    1. Exactly, it's all about raising money for the projects we run.

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  6. Hard to say what I would have done, I am not a collector of things. So how much is it worth?

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    1. I'm not sure in that colour, but there's a smaller one for sale online at the moment for £37.

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  7. I can see your dilemma but I think you did the right thing in this case otherwise every time you would have looked at that vase on your dressing table it would have made you wonder if you had done the right thing. I on the other hand would have been clueless as to its real value so would not have given it a second thought just admired it every day.
    I don't think I ever donate items to a charity shop and think about how much the item will fetch - things are really worth whatever someone is prepared to pay. I also think if you see something on sale somewhere else then it is a different situation - after all finding a bargain at Charity Shops is part of the fun and the very thing that keeps people going there in the first place.

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    1. I agree I would have felt guilty every time I saw it knowing I had kept my own charity in the dark. The manager knows nothing about mid-century things at all and obviously just thought it was a cheap and cheerful thing. It was after another volunteer had asked me if I knew anything about it that I spoke up. She also recognised it and was actually a little bit cross that things like that aren't checked beforehand.

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  8. I think my conscious would have gotten the better of me if I didn't do what you did.

    God bless.

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    1. I think I would never quite have got the same enjoyment from it had I not spoken up.

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  9. You did the right thing and karma will give you wonderful feedback.

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  10. Thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by to leave a comment.

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