Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I've had all I can take, and I can't take any more.
Up on my soapbox. Received the new September 2010 Pottery Barn yesterday in the mail. The featured item is their new "Printers Collection" which features a series of modular furniture that you can configure to fit any need, Storage, TV's, electronics, bookcases- if you can imagine it, you can build it. "Modular" media furniture, inspired by antique printer's cabinet's. Seem innocuous enough, until you read how they describe it "Heirloom Quality Collection" & "Beautiful Hand Finish You'd Expect to Find on a One of a Kind Antique". My three year old yet to be potty trained son stands a better chance of producing something "Heirloom Quality" in his next diaper. Later in the catalogue, I notice antique tie-ins, like their "Gee's Bend" Quilt Collection, and items licensed by the Museum of American Folk Art. Now these things may seem harmless, but think for a second. These items, being sold as faux-antiques and heirloom quality will be relatively worthless when they walk out of the door. Pottery Barn features a $699 Starburst Quilt, I just purchased a 1920's Amish Quilt at a show for $225. Chances are- the quilt I bought will retain value, while the Pottery Barn version has a good chance of being worthless in 5 years. Spend your money wisely.