. The Antiques Buyer Meets His Match "What's the best you'll do?" I asked; __“It's nice, but needs some work... and parts for these, as you may know, __are sometimes hard to find!” “If you don't like it—leave it, sir,” __the gray-haired lady quipped; “finding what it needs to function __never crossed my mind! I let buyers wrestle with __the costs of restoration; leaving things the way I find __them keeps my prices down. That's the bottom dollar," she __asserted with a smirk, then nailed me with an angry glare __in deference to my frown. “Seven bucks is crazy,” I __unloaded on the gal, “when it could take another 5 __or 6 to make it work!” “Not if when it's all restored __it's worth a couple thousand— which it is," she fired back, __"now, suit yourself, ya' jerk!" The truth is—what it needed was __a piece of cake to find, and yes—when fixed—potential profit __stood at—“through the roof,” So, as my wife had prophesied: __“You'll one day meet your match.” In this particular circumstance __she'd finally found her proof! . . Mark Stellinga is a poet and antiques dealer residing in Iowa.