Unique, one-of-a-kind, rare, irreplaceable are all frequently used terms in the world of vintage and antiques. A client and I had an object lesson last week about the real meaning of unique last week.
After a 20+ month search for a specific item, I finally located and successfully purchased what the client had been looking for. It wasn’t that my client was being uber-choosy, it’s just that not many examples of what they were looking for exist in the first place. Oh, the satisfaction that day after succeeding on such a prolonged hunt.
But counting your chickens before they are hatched is not a good idea. With bated breath we waited for the package to arrive. Unfortunately instead of a joyous phone call to say it was in, I had to break the news that the item had been damaged beyond repair in transit. Think obliterated and you’ll get a good idea of the scale of the damage.
An antique, hand-made, one-of-a-kind beauty gone forever. No calling customer service to get a replacement sent via next day express on this one. Fin, Finis, The End.
Wish me luck as I now get to sort out the insurance tangle.
Sorry no photos due to client wishes…they are too sad anyway…The Antiques Roadshow meets CSI.