OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Doug Beaumie » Sat, 03 Mar 2001 08:01:42



I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep (78
lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3 1/2".
It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some paint
drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as to
what this might be worth???  Thanks,  Doug


 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Tsu Dho Nim » Sat, 03 Mar 2001 21:19:33


Quote:

>I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep (78
>lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
>reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3 1/2".
>It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some paint
>drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as to
>what this might be worth???  

It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.  

... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
be a bibelot.
Tsu Dho Nimh

It is my job to completely create professional technology
in order that we may seamlessly supply competitive data.

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Doug Beaumie » Sat, 03 Mar 2001 23:07:13


Thanks Tsu



Quote:

> >I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep (78
> >lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
> >reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3 1/2".
> >It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some
paint
> >drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as to
> >what this might be worth???

> It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.

> ... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
> bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
> So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
> be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
> be a bibelot.
> Tsu Dho Nimh

> It is my job to completely create professional technology
> in order that we may seamlessly supply competitive data.

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Cyanogi » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 07:39:37


Quote:

>... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
>bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
>So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
>be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
>be a bibelot.

I've seen this word, but I don't recall....  Something else to look up!
Bibelot: "a small household ornament or decorative object."  Related words:
bauble,  bric-a-brac, curio, dido, gewgaw, gimcrack, kickshaw, knickknack,
notion, novelty, objet d'art, pretty-pretty, rattletrap, souvenir, toy, trifle,
trinket, trumpery, virtu, whatnot, whigmaleerie.  So, Tsu, is a bibelot also
something that holds bibelots (like "a salt" is a salt holder)?  I hope I'm not
the only one who doesn't know these things.
 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Allison & Dere » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 08:00:07


I know this might get flamed, but why on earth do you bother to reply to
this person if you really have nothing what so ever insightful to say?
Or was it a rather droll attempt at humor?  (which failed)


Quote:

> >I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep (78
> >lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
> >reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3 1/2".
> >It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some paint
> >drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as to
> >what this might be worth???

> It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.

> ... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
> bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
> So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
> be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
> be a bibelot.
> Tsu Dho Nimh

> It is my job to completely create professional technology
> in order that we may seamlessly supply competitive data.

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Charleen Bunjiovian » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 10:33:00


Actually, I thought TDN made a good point.

Furniture for the most part is made to be functional.  Many a dustcatcher
from years gone by has no practical use now without being modified.  (Think
of all the antique beds that have to be modified or have a special
mattress made for them.)

I wouldn't pay anything for a piece of furniture I couldn't use; space is
too much at a premium.  I believe this is more or less true for most
people.

What I can't figure out is the purpose of *your* reply, since it fails
to enlighten us on the object at hand.

Charleen


Quote:
>I know this might get flamed, but why on earth do you bother to reply to
>this person if you really have nothing what so ever insightful to say?
>Or was it a rather droll attempt at humor?  (which failed)



>> >I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep (78
>> >lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
>> >reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3 1/2".
>> >It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some paint
>> >drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as to
>> >what this might be worth???

>> It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.

>> ... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
>> bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
>> So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
>> be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
>> be a bibelot.
>> Tsu Dho Nimh

>> It is my job to completely create professional technology
>> in order that we may seamlessly supply competitive data.

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Doug Beaumie » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 10:45:09


Allison,  Thank you, but there is no problem.  I learned something from
Tsu's comments.  I learned that because this cabinet has 100 rather small
compartments it may not be useful nor desirable nor as sought after as I had
hoped.  All input is appreciated.  DB



Quote:
> I know this might get flamed, but why on earth do you bother to reply to
> this person if you really have nothing what so ever insightful to say?
> Or was it a rather droll attempt at humor?  (which failed)




Quote:

> > >I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep
(78
> > >lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
> > >reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3 1/2".
> > >It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some
paint
> > >drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as
to
> > >what this might be worth???

> > It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.

> > ... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
> > bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
> > So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
> > be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
> > be a bibelot.
> > Tsu Dho Nimh

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OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Doug Beaumie » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 10:56:15


True Charleen... furniture should be functional.  BTW.. when I took this
cabinet to the UPS office to have it weighted and measured to find out what
shipping would cost,  there were 4 women waiting in line.  When I opened the
oak cabinet doors every woman "oohed and aaahed" at the sight of 100 oak
compartments.  They began to speculate on how they might use this piece for
storage.... for sewing items, figurines, etc... so who knows.  One (wo)man's
trash is another (wo)man's treasure!


Quote:
> Actually, I thought TDN made a good point.

> Furniture for the most part is made to be functional.  Many a dustcatcher
> from years gone by has no practical use now without being modified.
(Think
> of all the antique beds that have to be modified or have a special
> mattress made for them.)

> I wouldn't pay anything for a piece of furniture I couldn't use; space is
> too much at a premium.  I believe this is more or less true for most
> people.

> What I can't figure out is the purpose of *your* reply, since it fails
> to enlighten us on the object at hand.

> Charleen



> >I know this might get flamed, but why on earth do you bother to reply to
> >this person if you really have nothing what so ever insightful to say?
> >Or was it a rather droll attempt at humor?  (which failed)




- Show quoted text -

Quote:

> >> >I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep
(78
> >> >lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
> >> >reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3
1/2".
> >> >It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some
paint
> >> >drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as
to
> >> >what this might be worth???

> >> It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.

> >> ... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
> >> bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
> >> So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
> >> be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
> >> be a bibelot.
> >> Tsu Dho Nimh

> >> It is my job to completely create professional technology
> >> in order that we may seamlessly supply competitive data.

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Kris Bake » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 10:56:37


Quote:

>Allison,  Thank you, but there is no problem.  I learned
>something from Tsu's comments.  I learned that because
>this cabinet has 100 rather small compartments it may
>not be useful nor desirable nor as sought after as I had
>hoped.  All input is appreciated.  DB

That's the spirit!   I've read everything in this thread, and
see that the only unworthy replies are those sitting in
judgment of others.   So I'll stand out here and make myself
a target (I usually succeed).

There's an old antiquers' saying around these parts (Utah):
"There's a ***for every saddle" and I've seen these things
sell OK at auction.   "OK" isn't good news, but it tells you
that you can always recoup your investment (or come close
to doing so, minus a loss for the learning curve).   I'm
guessing you paid for it (acquired) rather than found it or
inherited it.

These types of items can be quite desirable for many
collectors of small items.   I've seen jewelry, stamps,
coins, miniatures and other small items stored in them
(in magazines over the years as well as a couple of
"live" displays at an ex-coworker's home).

Since it sounds like you're trying to figure out how to
sell it, you need to be creative and create your own
market for it.

And don't forget that many retired USPS workers *are*
collectors of old postal "stuff".   Maybe you can find
one who also collects buttons ;)
Kris

Quote:


>> I know this might get flamed, but why on earth do you bother to reply to
>> this person if you really have nothing what so ever insightful to say?
>> Or was it a rather droll attempt at humor?  (which failed)




>> > >I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep
>(78
>> > >lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
>> > >reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3
1/2".
>> > >It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some
>paint
>> > >drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as
>to
>> > >what this might be worth???

>> > It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.

>> > ... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
>> > bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
>> > So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
>> > be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
>> > be a bibelot.
>> > Tsu Dho Nimh
>\

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Doug Beaumie » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 11:02:38


Cyanogirl,  That's a new one on me too.  Now I know what to call the
cluttler in my garage... it's bibelot!


Quote:

> >... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
> >bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
> >So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
> >be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
> >be a bibelot.

> I've seen this word, but I don't recall....  Something else to look up!
> Bibelot: "a small household ornament or decorative object."  Related
words:
> bauble,  bric-a-brac, curio, dido, gewgaw, gimcrack, kickshaw, knickknack,
> notion, novelty, objet d'art, pretty-pretty, rattletrap, souvenir, toy,
trifle,
> trinket, trumpery, virtu, whatnot, whigmaleerie.  So, Tsu, is a bibelot
also
> something that holds bibelots (like "a salt" is a salt holder)?  I hope
I'm not
> the only one who doesn't know these things.

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Doug Beaumie » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 11:20:53


Thanks Kris,

Very helpful comments.  Actually the cabinet was given to me, but I have no
use for it.  I was just wondering what to ask for it.  Thanks,  DB

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Charleen Bunjiovian » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 11:28:09


Quote:

>True Charleen... furniture should be functional.  BTW.. when I took this
>cabinet to the UPS office to have it weighted and measured to find out what
>shipping would cost,  there were 4 women waiting in line.  When I opened the
>oak cabinet doors every woman "oohed and aaahed" at the sight of 100 oak
>compartments.  They began to speculate on how they might use this piece for
>storage.... for sewing items, figurines, etc... so who knows.  One (wo)man's
>trash is another (wo)man's treasure!

True, and at auction it might do very nicely, particularly with the right
crowd.

Did you have a picture of this thing on the web?

Charleen

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Doug Beaumie » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 11:44:53


No picture yet Charleen.  I guess an ebay auction would be the way to go.
I'll get a pic of it shortly.  DB


Quote:


> >True Charleen... furniture should be functional.  BTW.. when I took this
> >cabinet to the UPS office to have it weighted and measured to find out
what
> >shipping would cost,  there were 4 women waiting in line.  When I opened
the
> >oak cabinet doors every woman "oohed and aaahed" at the sight of 100 oak
> >compartments.  They began to speculate on how they might use this piece
for
> >storage.... for sewing items, figurines, etc... so who knows.  One
(wo)man's
> >trash is another (wo)man's treasure!

> True, and at auction it might do very nicely, particularly with the right
> crowd.

> Did you have a picture of this thing on the web?

> Charleen

 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by VolcanikA » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 11:48:54


I'm going to say this as gently as possible (I'm typing with a light hand so as
not to seem like I'm flaming), but I don't understand your point.  I thought
Tsu's response was excellent.  Someone wanted to know the value of an item they
had.  She told them it didn't have a lot of value other than what someone was
willing to pay and went on to explain why it didn't have a lot of value.  How
can you find fault with that?

Ashley

Quote:
>From: "Allison & Derek"
>I know this might get flamed, but why on earth do you bother to reply to
>this person if you really have nothing what so ever insightful to say?
>Or was it a rather droll attempt at humor?  (which failed)




>> >I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep (78
>> >lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
>> >reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3 1/2".
>> >It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some paint
>> >drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as to
>> >what this might be worth???

>> It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.

>> ... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
>> bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
>> So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
>> be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
>> be a bibelot.
>> Tsu Dho Nimh

"Use the talents that you possess for the woods would be silent indeed if no
birds sang but the best."
 
 
 

OAK CABINET/ Post Office / What's it Worth?

Post by Doug Beaumie » Sun, 04 Mar 2001 13:16:05


I agree Ashley,

No offense was taken by Tsu's comment.  Hell, in another newsgroup some guy
called me a sucker for buying it!   Boy, did I love telling him I got it for
Free!   DB


Quote:
> I'm going to say this as gently as possible (I'm typing with a light hand
so as
> not to seem like I'm flaming), but I don't understand your point.  I
thought
> Tsu's response was excellent.  Someone wanted to know the value of an item
they
> had.  She told them it didn't have a lot of value other than what someone
was
> willing to pay and went on to explain why it didn't have a lot of value.
How
> can you find fault with that?

> Ashley

> >From: "Allison & Derek"

> >I know this might get flamed, but why on earth do you bother to reply to
> >this person if you really have nothing what so ever insightful to say?
> >Or was it a rather droll attempt at humor?  (which failed)




> >> >I recently acquired an oak cabinet (post office) 38" x 30" , 7" deep
(78
> >> >lbs) with 2 paneled doors, brass hardware.  Opening the 2 front doors
> >> >reveals 100 compartments (oak). Each compartment is about 3" by 3
1/2".
> >> >It has a few dings, scratches, and nailholes here and there and some
paint
> >> >drops on top.  Overall it's a stunning and unique piece.  Any ideas as
to
> >> >what this might be worth???

> >> It's worth what you can get someone to pay you for it.  Period.

> >> ... the holes are too small to make it usable as a CD holder,
> >> bathroom cabinet, and they are too shallow for business letters.
> >> So it's not really a usable bit of furniture, so it would have to
> >> be sold on its "stunning" good looks ... and it's a bit large to
> >> be a bibelot.
> >> Tsu Dho Nimh

> "Use the talents that you possess for the woods would be silent indeed if
no
> birds sang but the best."