Knowing it was an estate sale, and that I wasn’t going to make it to New Jersey anytime soon, I emailed the person in the ad, and inquired about the corkscrew.
Shortly thereafter pictures of the little hootchie arrived. It was clear that they knew what they had–as attached to the Hootch Owl was a price tag of nearly what they have been selling for on the ICCA auction.
However, in their email they also explained that if no one bought the corkscrew at the estate sale, they would conduct a sealed bid auction upon the end of the sale.
I thought about it, and placed a phone call to the estate saler. We discussed the item, and I gave her a sealed bid.
30 minutes ago, she called back. The Hootch Owl is on its way to the island!!! And, for a greatly reduced price.
Okay, let’s just say it didn’t cost that much : )
Definitely one that will stay in the collection, as it has been on my wishlist for 10 years!