Some people these days! I am just beside myself with aggravation, frustration, and helplessness. Aggravation because people are so disrespectful. Frustration because I might have prevented it. And helplessness because in all reality I couldn't have and can't in the future.
Most of you know I share a flea market booth with a friend. About a month ago, I purchased two lovely older Windsor chairs off craigslist and took them to the booth. I put a price tag on each chair--they were to be sold individually, not as a set. We received our end of month statement yesterday that listed everything that had sold. Guess what? My chairs sold! But wait--that price isn't right. The buyer (I'm assuming, because why would anyone else do it?) removed the tag from one chair and added an 's' to the other tag. Basically, the buyer bought one chair and stole the other. And what can I do about it? Probably nothing. I hope she enjoys her chairs and thinks about how she obtained them every time she sits in one.
Another item--a vintage toy--has been played with and broken. And left in the floor. An honest person would have paid for it--or at least told the management. After some of the antics I've observed at the flea market, I'd bet money it was a child let loose to explore while the inattentive parents shopped.
And, to top it off, I found the box which had contained a souvenir ashtray from Washington, DC. I'm pretty sure my mother bought it on a trip back in the 60s and never used it. The box I found was empty. The ashtray had been stolen. It had to have been, because the price tag was on the box. The empty box.
I'm so irritated right now, I could spit. Why do people have to take the joy out of things? That ashtray was only $2! The toy was $10--and I would have been satisfied with an apology. The chairs--that's another story altogether. I'm trying really hard to not let these things color the fun I've had with the booth these past several months. If they hadn't happened all on the same day, I'd probably do better.
I'll just give it some time and get over it. Eventually. Thanks for listening!