I happened to be standing right nearby as the volunteer worker at the thrift store hung this up, just putting it out for sale.
"Oh, that's pretty", I said, as I moved in closer. As she was walking away, I got a look at the price tag.
"A dollar?", I thought to myself - "seriously?"
I know that it took a good while.
I've never done stained glass, but Lori has, and it is not a quick-and-easy craft!
I get a kick out of how things are priced at some of these shops. They will put some outrageously ridiculous price on something that is a worthless piece of crap, or something that is chipped, cracked or otherwise damaged just because it's vintage. And then there are things such as those that they perceive to be worth $75 (or insert equally ridiculous price), simply because one sold three years ago on eBay for that price and they have the print-out to prove it - you get the idea. It's a thrift store, not an antique shop, and if you know anything about eBay, you know full well that something could sell for $75 one day and the next day three more just like it could be listed and not even get a single bid. Yes, that's totally true. I've also seen things listed for weeks and get no bids, and then they relist it and may even raise the price rather than lowering it, and then end up with a last-minute bidding frenzy and a much higher price than they originally were willing to sell it for.
But something like this lovely glass butterfly?
I cannot help but wonder who decided that it was only worth a dollar.
Don't get me wrong - of course, I love a great deal just as much as the next person. The logic of the pricing at some of these shops just astounds me sometimes, that's all. I am, indeed, happy that sometimes the logic results in my finding wonderful treasures at very low prices. Naturally, that makes me happy.
So - this butterfly was certainly worth one dollar to me.
And now it is hanging in our kitchen window.
Where, every single day, it is appreciated for it's beauty
And also for it's bargain price..
End of story.