Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Frustration in Vintage Land
This is a photo of a vintage 'spaghetti poodle' figurine. They were made popular in the 40s and 50s and are now big collector's items. My mother-in-law has three poodles (one white, one gray, and one pink) and the other day she discovered the gray figurine was practically destroyed. Two of the legs were broken clean off and an ear was gone. These poodles belonged to her mother. It seems that the cleaning company mamaleh's uses are the culprits. And this is not the first time vintage things in her house have been damaged. Modern light fixtures to vintage Capodimonte flowers have also fallen victim to the cleaning company. And what is worse is how the cleaning people will often break things and hide them in odd places. Not only did they break valuables, they try to hide it and not own up to it. Another thing that stinks is that even though mamaleh knows these people ruined her things, how does she prove it?
So, what is one to do when faced with something like this? These poodles were precious antiques that have a family history. They can NEVER be replaced!
What do you think? What do you do?