Last September, right before we left for Italy, I found the most gorgeous Louis XVI-style desk on Facebook Marketplace. The refined legs, smooth leather top, and brass inset details caught my eye, so I messaged the seller, we went back and forth confirming details, and scheduled pickup for the upcoming weekend.
Crappy photo from the listing
When I asked for her address to pick up the desk that Saturday morning, she ghosted me. Just stopped responding. Then she removed the listing.
It happens. Some people are pieces of wet lettuce. But I was still annoyed.
I always tell myself that if something falls through or I miss out on a great piece, something better will always come along…eventually. I just have to be patient.
Fast forward to this past week when I was pumping and scrolling FB MP (my new normal lolol) and I finally stumbled across another Louis XVI-style desk – about 10 months after that piece of wet lettuce ghosted me.
I fell in love with the mahogany, fluted classic Louis XVI style legs, brass decorative accents, and tooled leather top. It had three drawers with the original key (!!!) and was in overall good condition.
It was listed for $495, I offered $420, and he accepted. It would have been a 3-hour round trip to pick it up but he offered delivery for $140 which, to me, was worth it.
So in total, I paid $560 for this beauty.
He delivered it yesterday and now it’s sitting in our garage waiting to be used!
When I want to confirm whether I’m getting a good deal on something, I’ll go to the LiveAuctioneers app and check what similar items have sold for by typing in the item and clicking “Price Results Only.” Since auction prices have been higher since Covid, I don’t really pay attention to any price results prior to 2020.
I wouldn’t say I got a GREAT deal, but I definitely don’t feel like I overpaid. IMO, a GREAT deal would have been purchasing this from someone who had no idea what they were selling and listed it for $95.
My favorite little detail is the brass bow escutcheon and tassel key:
If you’re wondering “where are you putting this desk if you don’t have an office anymore?”
That’s a post for a different day. Soon 😉