Thursday, June 21, 2012

The house is mine!!

I have the Tynietoy house at last!! It is not in my hands yet, but it has been picked up from the auction house by dear friends from Pennsylvania and will be in my hands soon.

It needs some TLC, but that I can give it.  I am so excited!!
For those of you who haven't been following the saga of the Tynietoy house, go to CM's blog, MyReality.blogspot.com and read the posts from May 30, 2012 to June 4, 2012.

I bought this house and its contents last February from an Auction house in Maine. I paid for it (shipping too) and waited for it to be sent to me. I called and emailed the auction house several times but received no indication as to when I would get it.

Over a month later I finally managed to speak to someone in charge and was told that I couldn't have the house. It had been sold to me in error. It was being put up in a future auction and there was nothing I could do about it. I said I bought it, I paid for it and I want it, but to no avail. I was not happy, but I was going through chemotherapy at the time and had no energy to fight.

My dear friend, CM, went to bat for me when this house came up for sale again a few weeks ago. She posted about it on her blogs. She called and emailed all the dollhouse collectors and dealers we know. And she had me file a complaint with the Maine Attorney General.

While none of these valiant efforts stopped the re-sale of the dollhouse, CM got the support of the dollhouse collectors world and no one bid on the house except her. And she bought it for me!!!

I am so touched and moved by CM's kindness and the support of our collector community. Thank you, also, to Ann Meehan and her husband for picking it up for me. And, thank you all for being such great friends!

In a few weeks the elusive Tynietoy Townhouse will be ensconced in a place of honour in my home. Every time I look at it I will be reminded of the love and kindness of CM and of you all. It certainly is a special little house.

19 comments:

  1. Victory! I am so happy for you!

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  2. Do you know the only difference between a pit bull and a mini collector????

    Tiny lipstick. :)

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  3. Seguí la historia,me alegro muchisimo por tí.
    un abrazo.
    montse.

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  4. Yay! You deserve it. I can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  5. and all is as it should be... :)

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  6. Thanks everyone!! I am so excited about this. I gad given up on the house and because of all of you it's mine. You are all wonderful!!

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  7. What an awful thing for the auction house to do, but I'm glad you are finally getting the house. I look forward to seeing your handiwork on this beauty!

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  8. I was so glad to hear that you were getting the house that belonged to you. CM is a wonderful lady---and a firecracker. No way were you NOT getting this house. I wonder if CM's defiant hand-on-hip stance during this battle is now her permanent pose...Smiles

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  9. What an awful and wonderful story. So glad you get the house at last!

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  10. looking forward to your seeing your progress. I love Tynietoy.

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  11. Congrats, Shale! I've been following this story all along and am so happy it worked out. xo Jennifer

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  12. This is a beautiful antique dollhouse. I love that it's built into a table, that makes it easy to display. Looks like you have some work ahead of you but it will be worth it.

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  13. I am so glad that the dolls house is yours, and in such reliable hands now. I really hope that the auctioneer has learnt a lesson - certainly a lot of collectors are now aware of how they behaved in this instance. It really seems weird to me that they would cancel the sale and relist - still without saying what the house was! (or the furniture) Surely they would have attracted more interest by identifying it? Really, they don't seem very professional in lots of ways, and it's very sad when lovely dolls houses are put up for sale by such people .... Anyway, a happy end to the story - and what a great friend CM is, in so many ways!! :-D

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  14. What an ordeal, I'm so sorry it was so chaotic, but I'm glad you and Carol were able to finally get it. I hope it is better than expected. It looks great.

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  15. What a lovely ending to a trying situation. I am so glad for you. CM and Mr & Mrs Meehan are more than good friends. What loving hearts!
    Glad you are getting your house. It is beautiful.
    P.S. I hope working on the house adds a healing to you. :-)

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