Great looking glasses are a scarcity on the market. I went on to a competitor’s site today, a company that I admire greatly, to view their looking glasses. I was not impressed. Either they have been selling them like hotcakes or they just haven’t been finding good ones to buy.

This the tricky part about being a dealer. You can go years without seeing something great, but you still have to stock something in order to be able to offer some product. It is self defeating to be out of an item that is in constant demand, so you have to offer something.

That is, ergo, the dilemma. As dealers, we all want to sell the best. Anyone worth their salt in this business knows that they have taste and yet they also know that offering something that is just okay diminishes the overall stock.

In the end, the demand for great things is causing the great things to get expensive. I would rather have an expensive great lot for sale than something average that is cheap. The people who understand this are my clients.

Enthusiasm for English furniture never wanes, mine that is. My body says differently from time to time as a sinusitis event of supra magnitude struck while on the west coast and I still had to make the return flights home.

All’s well that ends well. You can compare your own pain to real suffering, the likes of which truly exists on this planet, and sinusitis, as painful as I felt it this time, doesn’t even make the threshold of true suffering. And with antibiotics and a few days in bed, I am now merely congested and getting on a flight to England.

The real problem is the perception of mortality. An ailing body leads one to think on it, and it is not a pretty picture. Make hay while the sun shines and buy as much English furniture before you…….can no longer.

When natural disasters like Katrina occur, prayer is one thing, action is another. May the people of New Orleans get assistance as soon as possible. My thoughts are with them and I hope our governement is paying attention.