Tuesday, June 29, 2010
As I exited my car the dealer called out this greeting ,
"Fishy! did you see the note?" I nodded and told him about the frustrating google search and the no phone number issue.
He shrugged while explaining he was still trying to make some decisions but for now was trying to stay afloat. Selling inventory on Ebay, Craigs and via the pink post it notes directing searchers to the current location.
I am sure my shock was reflected on my face. This yard is now the storefront????? OMG. We chatted a bit while I shopped. He explained the landlord could no longer make ends meet so all insurance policies on his properties, including all liability coverage had been cancelled. The agreement had been for the landlord to insure the property while he insured his business and inventory.
The landlord wanted his tenants to assume insurance and maintenance costs for his propertie as he had no funds for repairs. He hated to stress his tenants but his property values had declined, his rent receipts had declined but his insurance costs and the repairs costs has increased substantially. The antiques dealer could not assume the financial burden, nor could he find an alternative location he could afford. Now, on nice weather weekends, he rents the front yard of an elderly friend, trailers his merchandise there, has his day, packs everything back in the trailer and then picks up the yard after the litterers. Ouch.
He is not loving the Change. He must limit his offerings to that which is portable. To that which has broad appeal. To that which has a low price point while still offering some profitability for the dealer. He lists his furnishings and his unusual items mostly on Ebay now. Which means I can no longer examine the items I might have purchased. Like an antique chimney cap or really long narrow farm table. I asked about scheduling an appointment to see the larger or more unique items? No, they were in an old utility trailer behind his house or in his mother's basement or under his bed. His life is, according to him, "a right big mess".
" Love your Country not just yourself."