Saturday, September 6, 2014

Did I mention I love thrifting?

I've been searching for a desktop or wall mounted pencil sharpener for a while. I wanted the old fashioned school house kind, where you turn the lever. Reviews on Amazon for the various sharpeners in our price range were all over the place, so I was procrastinating hesitating.

Enter the New To You Consignment Shop in Annapolis, one of my favorite haunts. The lovely mother and two daughters trio of owners recognize me and ask about my twins. I've been going there frequently since I was pregnant with said duo, and have decorated my house with many a find.

While browsing this week, I came across this pencil sharpener.

New To You was selling it for $15. Sold! It is missing the suction cup on the bottom that holds it to the table while you sharpen, a piece I didn't realize the importance of until we used it for the first time. It's been a long time since I used a manual sharpener of this type - it needs to be held still to work. Without a way to affix it to a table top, it's a two person job.

No biggie--I figured I'd get handy, drill some holes, and use screwdrivers to mount it somewhere in the house.

Then I Googled the brand.

"Eibar El Casco Espana" is a Spanish manufacturer of luxury office products. And when I say luxury, I mean this pencil sharpener retails anywhere from $300 to $500.

Let's average it out, shall we? I own a $400 pencil sharpener. I find that fact hilarious. I like nice things, but I'd never actually pay $400 for a pencil sharpener.

So I paid $15. I could ebay this sharpener and make a tidy profit, but I'll be keeping it because... we need a pencil sharpener. I've already written the company asking if I can purchase a suction cup, which I hope doesn't cost too much money. Otherwise, it'll be back to my screw mounting idea.

If you don't thrift, you should.


Katie Olthoff said...

A $400 pencil sharpener? Love it!

My Notting Hill said...

WOW! I love pencil sharpeners - especially the smell of the shaved wood dust.