But sometimes when items are sold I find out why the person purchased it--and in the case I'm writing about today, it's this quilt I sold in September:
After I sent a thank you note for the purchase, the woman who bought it wrote me back:
"This is a wedding present to ourselves, and we are soo excited! It's absolutely gorgeous, Kris, and we cannot wait to wrap up in it--just in time for fall!"
The couple lived in Virginia and I wrote back that my husband had taught at UVa for six years and we'd lived both in Charlottesville and in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we first started buying antiques with forays into the Shenandoah Valley.
After a few back and forth emails about living in Virginia, the woman told me that she'd send a picture of the quilt once they received it and put it on her bed.
Well, today I finally got that picture, along with her apologies for not sending it sooner:
Which reminds me of another sale I had some time ago. Here's what was sold:
Just a funky bottle I'd found out and about one day, but after I wrote a thank you note to the buyer, he wrote back and told me how excited he was to find it, as his wife had had a bottle just like this for years, but during a recent move it had unfortunately been broken. He was looking forward now to surprising her with this gift.
That lifted my spirits, too! The things I sell aren't just objects to fill a house, but often, as these two cases and many others illustrate, are attached to people's lives and loves.
Makes me feel like I'm in the happiness-spreading business! :)