July 15, 2009
Look who's coming home to the shore house! And -- the man of the house gets all of the credit for this. We were walking through the old carousel building in Asbury Park, which is now home to a flea market on weekends. He spotted it almost immediately and thought it would be great for The Pool Room. He wanted to put up some sort of "drinking ledge" in the room, to which I responded by crinkling up my face like I had just caught a waft of dead fish. The mantle, with its compact size and seven inch ledge, would be the perfect perch for a pint -- and fit in with the character of the house. Sold! We still need to pick it up this weekend, so we'll see how it goes in it's new home.
The prices are a bit on the high side at this new flea but very negotiable. Take the mantle, for example. With no back-and-forth whatsoever we got it for $200 off the asking price (for $295). And -- the mister was also the negotiator. Who knew he had such flea savvy?!
Interestingly, when I suggested getting a mantle for The Napoleon Room several months back he thought I was nuts. "Mantle?...No fireplace?...Huh?"
He's come along so nicely. We're very proud of him.