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  •  Heh...lost Pharaoh's scepter ;-) (0+ / 0-)

    I've kinda given up on finding a treasure like that.  

    I am sure it is glass or something, but not a gem for sure.

    I am fairly certain it would have been something that belonged to my maternal grandmother.  Her sons, my uncles, gave her things (souvenirs) from places they'd visit so that is the most plausible explanation.  

    Since you have a relative in the business, is it true that antique shop owners expect you to haggle over the price of things?  I've recently heard that they do and you can plan on their dropping the price by 10 - 15%.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 02:27:09 PM PDT

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    •  it depends on the store and the dealer (1+ / 0-)
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      High end shops don't expect you to haggle because they have the provenance of the piece and have in store experts to inspect and value each piece.  You pay the extra because they should stand 100% behind their evaluation.

      OTOH, "swap shops" and consignment shops expect haggling cause what you see is what you get and it is buyer beware.  So the more upscale you go, the less likely the chance for haggling, though it never hurts to ask if a price is absolute.  However, for an absolute price, I expect the French Egyptian Revival clock to be the real deal and not a reproduction and to have a refund and apology if it begins to cuckoo on the hour when I get it home.      

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