January 21, 2014

Oh My Gosh...It was an Italian Florentine!

You were right!  A couple weeks ago I did a post on some of my "Fabulous Finds"   One of the things I showed you was this little gold chest that I was so excited to paint


The gold was not my taste and I envisioned painting it a creamy white with French blue drawers

Then your comments started rolling in





I listened to you and brought the cabinet into Orange Tree where I have my booth.   The owner Sherrie said "That's the real deal, an Italian Florentine and it's really popular now"

So..... I priced it 9 times what I paid for it thinking it would never sell and then I could take it home and paint it........Guess what........
It sold in 20 minutes!!!


So....Thank you to my wonderful readers who are so knowledgeable and willing to share!  If you ladies ever get to Orlando I owe you lunch.

Happy Creating!
Carol

45 comments:

camp and cottage living said...

Wow Carol, great advice from your blogger friends!
I wouldn't have know the difference. So glad there are some smart gals out there.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How awesome, Carol! That Florentine is pretty popular, especially with romantic and Hollywood Regency style decors! Glad it sold for you!!

Tamara said...

What a find! Congratulations. I'm so glad you didn't paint it.
Blessings to you,
Tamara

Betty W said...

WOW Good for you for getting a great price. I love those chairs you have their.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

My friend Kelly decorates her home with Italian Florentine furniture. She shops at consignment shops for hers.

Nancy's Notes said...

Bloggers wonderful are truly amazing friends! Great find and those chairs, I think I want them!! Love those colors!

Debbiedoos said...

WOW bloggers be smart! Nice piece, I bet you are glad you shared it first Carol. Kudos and congrats on the fast sale.

Laurel Stephens said...

What a great story with a happy ending!

Diane said...

How great to get input like that!

Barbara said...

That is great news! Lots of great folks in the blogging world!

Donna said...

Wow, it's a good thing you didn't paint it over! What a great find and fast sale!

Ann said...

Very glad you listened to the savvy antique dealers. The idea of shabby chic-ing a beautiful antique makes me crazy. If you are ever in doubt, ask and we'll chime in.

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

That is so awesome Carol! I am so glad you didn't paint it! Good girl!!! xoxoxo

Createology said...

Not only are your followers very smart you were very wise to listen to them. Very happy that piece was saved in its originality. Smart Savvy Shoppers...

Melodee said...

wow! good for you! so nice to have sweet blogger friends who know how to identify such things! yeah for you!

Jane said...

I'm glad there are so many knowledgable people out there!! That was some find!
Jane

Nora Miller said...

Carol,

That is awesome! I have a small box that is gold and aqua that my father-in-law brought back from Italy during the war. I always thought it was too bold for my taste but sounds like I am finally on trend - LOL!

Sue

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Congratulations on the oh-so-quick sale of that beautiful Italian Florentine chest. Wish I lived closer-would of loved to bought it!!!

Kathy said...

Yay for blogland and I learned something today!

NanaDiana said...

Whoo Hooo! Now I bet you are wondering if you could have charged 20 times what you paid for it and sold it in 10 minutes! lol Great eye by everyone! xo Diana

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What an awesome story :) Blogging pays :)

Debbie said...

Woohoooo! Now, that's what I call making money in the biz...

And clearly, this was the easiest furniture project you ever took on.

Amy Jo said...

Wow Carol, How awesome is that! It is such a good thing you didn't paint it...

xoxo,
Amy Jo

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Wow! Good for you, Carol!

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Carol, WOW isn't it wonderful the help from fellow bloggers and great friends willing to share their knowledge. So glad you priced it right and it sold so fast. Way to go Carol!!
Happy Treasure hunting!
Hugs

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Well, that was a close call!! :) So could you "define" what "real" Italian Florentine is? The one I know, the wood is pretty lightweight, whether on trays or furniture, like the souvenier pieces I brought back from Florence when I was in high school (so now they're vintage too, LOL). I've always thought of those pieces as souvenir items.

Thank heavens for those smart bloggers! :)

~Zuni

Shawn Underwood said...

Good for you polka dot! Our readers often have good tidbits of information. Congrats!

nelda said...

Good for you for listening to readers comments on the chest. Not many bloggers do that...so you are one special person

Curtains in My Tree said...

I bet you still sold it at a good price.
I loved it and glad it was saved from your paint brush LOL

By-the-Lake said...

As my husband says, 'If you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail', so everything shouldn't be painted! Glad you listened to your peeps.

Nancy said...

Carol, It's so good to see a post from you!! You know you could have listed it at 15 times higher and it would have sold in 20 minutes! Good for you Wonderful Lady!!

Huggs, Nancy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I loved it when I saw it. What a fabulous find! I'm sure you made the buyer super happy, too! How neat!

Jan from Wyoming said...

Wow! This "story" made my day! What a wonderful find. I join the rest of your readers in being thankful that several of them knew just what you had. Congratulations!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Who knew!??? Glad some gals did and that you didn't paint it and made some $$$
Another deep freeze tomorrow... I know!
warmly,
deb

Iprefervintage said...

Good for you! Those kinds of finds are always exciting.

pipigirl said...

sometimes you just have to leave the brush alone....i know the feeling. glad for you that you did...always something else you can find:) i kick myself in rear for not picking up a SET sev. yrs ago for a song. kick kick kick

Sisters Treasures said...

Carol, I'm so glad you made great money on that piece. I know my friend and fellow dealer who I mentioned that sells Italian FLorentine would have been one of those to buy it at your 9 times the price and then charged more in her booth. I've read that gold leaf is continuing to trend this year so that goes with this love of Florentine. It's rare to come across a cabinet like yours, usually I see stacking tables and trays. Glad I could be of a little help and more importantly, I'm glad it was a big sale for you!
Betsy

Jacqueline said...

How fabulous that your blogging friends tipped you off! What a find and I would have snapped it up right away too.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

ohhhh if Ida seen it would have said the same, so happy you saved it and sold it !!!
Hoping some day I find something that good :)

Shelly said...

This time, turned out to be a good idea not to paint. I've recently sold two jewelry boxes that looked like that, very quickly.

Alison Daly said...

hi Carol, hope you get to see this as I could get your email address from the link, i don't have outlook set up on my computer, anyway, I just linked your fabric flowers post to a post I wrote about my attempts, which are getting better. Wanted you to know how much I appreciated your post. Thanks
ally from honeypotcreation

Connie said...

Hi Carol . . . that doesn't surprise me at all, but every-time to do a make-over they are beautiful, too. Wish we could have seen what you would have done, too.
Connie :)

Carla said...

Wow that awesome. You have some in the know readers. I don't know an Italian to an American anything. I just know what I like if I see it.
Congrats of the find and the sell

Carla said...

Wow that awesome. You have some in the know readers. I don't know an Italian to an American anything. I just know what I like if I see it.
Congrats of the find and the sell

Lynnie CottageGalstyle said...

Fantastic. Those rose chairs are lovely but would look stunning in white with rose fabric covered seats! Would love to see that.
Hugs, Lynnie