YSaC, Vol. LXV

2008 October 3
by drmk


For a discerning buyer or decorator looking for something a little different. Unique and contemporary sculptured coffee table with base of dolphins (momma, papa & baby) swimming together. Free-form thick glass top simulates ocean surface, with two of the dolphins’ fins appearing to break the waters’ surface and sit on top of the glass. Bought this from an upscale waterfront store in Annapolis, Maryland for several thousand dollars a few years ago as I fell in love with it when I saw it featured in their storefront window. Has been pampered and gently used, but looks fantastic. We’re changing decorating themes, so here’s a chance for you to get an expensive piece for a fraction of what I paid.

For the discerning buyer who would spend $1250 on something that looks like dolphins freezing to death on a polar ice cap. Seriously, the definition of “discerning” with which I am familiar does not involve spending $1250 for something that, as my submitter said, looks like it belongs in the Museum of Overpriced Nautical Cheese.

So the seller is changing decorating themes? I wonder what they’re changing to — Overpriced Moose Lodge? Overpriced 70’s Retro? Overpriced Santa Fe Southwestern? I can’t wait until they tire of that in a few years and grace us with a $1500 blanket with deer on it.

If they’re looking for overpriced decorating suggestions, may I suggest whimsical monkeys?

Submitted by SW — thanks!

11 Responses leave one →
  1. 2008 November 10
    Random Person permalink

    I have to confess I sort of like this table. I don’t think I could actually bring myself to display it in my house. And I’m certain I wouldn’t pay $1350 for it (or anywhere near that). But somehow, I like something about it anyway.

    Adores: 4
  2. 2008 November 10
    drmk permalink

    No accounting for taste! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Adores: 1
    • 2010 October 16
      NotMyName permalink

      Uhm…I’ve seen this table before. In a pawn shop. Seriously.

      Adores: 1
  3. 2008 December 3
    Shiyiya permalink

    I kinda like it too, though no way I’d pay that much for it. It fits the decorating scheme my mother picked for my bathroom though…. (Yes, my bathroom has a decorating scheme. No, I don’t know why. It contains a lot of fish.)

    Adores: 1
  4. 2009 January 11

    I also kinda like it, at least in theory. But I’d never pay that much for it.

    Adores: 3
  5. 2009 May 12
    VagabondClown permalink

    I… I actually kind of love it.

    I wouldn’t (and couldn’t!) pay that much for it, but I think it’s rather cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Adores: 2
  6. 2009 June 20
    Windrose permalink

    Must confess. LOVE it. Would also match my bathroom decors which is supposed to be a sort of grotto with merfolk and dolphins and stuff. I especially love the baby gently swimming over momma’s back, all playful-like. Sweet.

    Adores: 1
  7. 2009 July 11
    Moira permalink

    I’ve seen this type of table for sale in boutiques in certain “tourist destination” towns and they’re neat but *very* overpriced. They also tend to be purchased by people who suddenly have oodles of cash to burn… or by waterfront hotels.

    Craigslist seems an odd place to look for a buyer for this sort of thing. I’d think you’d have more luck in a consignment store.

    Adores: 1
  8. 2009 August 13
    Jill permalink

    It’s god-awful. What’s wrong with you people?

    Adores: 8
    • 2009 August 29
      wraith permalink

      That is the reason (if I even found it abandoned, no way I’d actually pay for this) that I would take it home.

      Adores: 2
  9. 2009 September 24
    Pete permalink

    it’s not particularly of my taste, but i’m not going to knock on that aspect of it. but why must the fins stick out of the middle of the table? is the “breaking the water surface metaphor” really worth the inconvenience?

    Adores: 1

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