Buyers remorse, or remorse that I didn’t buy more

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Bonehead move (or this is why I hate shopping)…

Went to a friend’s neighbors today because they were selling the contents of her father’s wood shop.  Thought I was in for some cool tools.  There were nice tools, but nothing special, and they researched well and prices were a bit high for the things that I didn’t already have.

They had his wood storage room appraised and wanted a few thousand for it, which may have been worth it to someone who builds and sells furniture.  But I noticed a shelf off to the side stacked with thin pieces.  I asked about it and they said “oh, they came from the Martin Guitar factory”.  I guess he knew someone who worked there and they appear to be seconds.

To make my long story short, she had no idea what to ask for them.  I’m a horrible shopper and certainly bad at making an offer on something like that.  I was a bit overwhelmed.  So I only left with a pair of 8.25” x 21.5” spruce top boards and a two pair of sides (not sure on the wood) for a few bucks to take home and research.  They may be seconds to Martin, but 75% would probably work for me.  There were probably 60 or so spruce tops (8.25” x 21.5”), some full mahogany backs, and a stack of exotics which were a bit narrow at 6” wide x 21.5” long, all about 1/8” thick.  Plus tons of random sizes and species.

I feel like a dumb ass right after I left.  I emailed to see if I could pick up more next week and to see what she would want for the entire shelf.  We will see.

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