Item #17: Desuir for Vietri Hand Painted Fish Pitcher
|Starting Bid: $9.99||Winning Bid: $32.69|
|Paid: $1.99||From: Goodwill|
|Ended: 11/16/08||Winner: Oak Ridge, TN|
This pitcher was one of those “wild card” purchases. I was shopping the GW with DH, which can sometimes be a good thing, but not always. As we walked around, I saw this pitcher, picked it up, and looked underneath. It was marked “Handpainted Desuir for Vietri, Made in Italy”. DH had that look on his face that said “ugly, cheap junk” so I put it back.
We were standing in line to pay for our other items when I remembered reading something that said if something is marked made in Italy be sure to buy it. I knew that if I didn’t buy the pitcher, it was going to bug me. I figured for $1.99 I didn’t have much to lose. In spite of a skeptical DH, it came home with me.
I researched it and found hand painted Italian pottery with this mark is a good seller. This pitcher had a small chip on its nose, but it still sold for almost $33.00 … 16 times what I’d paid!
I bought this in 2008 when prices were still reasonable at GW and SA. Today, I’m sure it would be marked $5.99 or even $7.99, if not more. But, then again, three years ago who would have thought we’d be paying $5 for a gallon of gasoline?!