When I was visiting Tina last weekend, I bought this bowl at Goodwill for $2.80.
I didn't know anything about it, but it had a stamp on the bottom that said "Arabia Finland." I have heard Shannon talk about how she buys anything marked Denmark, pretty much no matter what it is. I figured, "Eh - Denmark is kinda near Finland. This might be worth something." So I bought it. When I started researching it, I saw that it was a hard-to-find design. There were NONE currently listed, and none were showing up in completed listings either. I checked Terapeak and saw a few that sold last Christmas for around $60-65, but because those listings were so old, I wasn't able to see the pictures to know for sure that it was the same bowl. I checked Google images, and only TWO came up. So I figured it was a safe assumption that I had something pretty valuable.
I priced it ridiculously high, for $139.99 or best offer, and I was hoping to get $80 for it. I figured I would probably have to wait until closer to Christmastime to get a good price for it, but at 5 cents a month, I was willing to wait however long it took. Imagine my surprise when I got (and accepted - obviously!) this offer, 2 days after listing it!!
It's going to Japan. No big surprise there. The buyer paid immediately and sent me this lovely note:
"Thank you so much for accepting my offer. It's a beautiful piece. I will give it a good home!"
What a great way to start the day!