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i feel compelled to make a point

By 2/11/2010

i haven't made a strong point in a good while.



these tables are from oomph. and yes, they are cute as all get out.

and here are the dimensions, and pricing, respectively:
40", 19", 33"H $1330
8.5", 18" 20"H $360
8", 18", 20"H $420
16", 16", 20"H $460

they are wood, and lacquered in sherwin williams paint.

and here's a shot of the scale you can put it all in perspective. that pillow is about to eat the $460 table.
Screen shot 2010-02-11 at 5.42.40 PM
this is not an acceptable price. this is downright unreasonable. i saw them in person at the gift show and i had a oomph of my own due to sticker shock. i cannot abide by this. i'm going to sell you cuteasallgetup lacquered tables for $75 and sleep well at night.

53 comments

  1. I totally agree. So cute, but so tiny and so EXPENSIVE for so little!

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  2. the legs look like you would clean your teeth with them. i'm not confident they would hold my cocktail.

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  3. Point well made! I don't think that that table could hold the weight of $450.00!!

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  4. GREAT point. For a second I thought "Cute tables! Perhaps I will get one for my living room."

    Record scratch...

    not for $450!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. I so agree. How bad is it when you look at something like that and think, "I could do something like that"?

    I would like to post this at my next show/sale.... I work in painted furniture. My prices are nothing like that. Come to think of it, I'm one amazing bargain. :)

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  6. Agreed. Completely. This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I'd spent more time in a wood shop. Seriously.

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  7. OMG! I have always been a fan of your blog. Read it everyday and I love it when you lay the shame. I look forward to buying a table from you.

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  8. Amen, AMEN.

    You think that's bad? Check this out...

    http://tearinguphouses.blogspot.com/2010/01/dear-furniture-mart.html

    Kelly

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  9. Amen sister. I would love to have one nestled against my new wing chair (pulled out of the garbage and recovered,thank you) but not for 500 bucks. Come on OOMPH! Recession!!!

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  10. When they first appeared, I had a feeling the prices would be insane...I could be wrong, but the impression I got was that some ladies who lunch from Westport thought it'd be fun to do something design-y.

    I'm shocked by the prices. There's definitely a market for them, but that market does not occupy the same tax bracket as I do.

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  11. point well made! i like it! will you ship?! :)

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  12. if your blog had a Like Button, I'd click on it

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  13. Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Antro didn't pick up that line. Bastards.

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  14. who the...what the...why the....i can't....

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  15. I was reading Elle Decor magazine today and I saw your store featured in it! I'm a Raleigh resident and can't wait to come visit!!!

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  16. They looked tiny in real life. But they were selling show samples on the sneak at the show for $150. I still didnt buy it. Cute though.

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  17. ummm hello sticker shock!! they're cute but so not worth that price tag!

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  18. Totally cute and you're totally right! Funny! Seriously, if you start manufacturing them, put me on the list to buy one!!

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  19. thank you thank you.
    i wish i lived close to you so i could buy everything in your store!

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  20. Ridiculous! Though I love the clover-shaped table {what is the official name for that shape??}, I would never spend so much for a teeny tiny table! Who do they think they are??

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  21. When you get them in, I'll come buy one! $450 for a teeny tiny table is ridiculous.

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  22. The pricing is excessive.

    But. There is a lot of detailing in these tables: the inset linen tops, the delicate shapings of the tops...and the lacquer is beautifully done: It's not just high-gloss house paint, it's the real deal. Not saying the tables are worth $460, but you can't accurately duplicate all that detail, and make a profit, with a price of $75.

    (But I admire your outrage.)

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  23. I hate overpriced furniture unless it is amazing and I can in no way replace it with something else for the same effect or make it myself. Those tables are definitely not amazing enough to be priced that high!

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  24. I looked those up last year and couldn't believe it. How incredibly irresponsible to pay so much for so little! Even if they're cute as pie!

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  25. Agreed. But all hope is not lost. I need that pillow. Where can I buy it?!

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  26. http://www.oomphonline.com/asccustompages/products.asp?cartID=&affID=&categoryid=3&navParent=0

    they're sold out :(
    (also overpriced, might I add)

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  27. I agree. It's honestly just absurd. Unless that wee table can perform life saving exercises at a moments notice, 500 bones is insulting.

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  28. I should just email you, but...maybe your readers might think this is funny. I do.

    You were in a dream I had last night, Jamie. I don't know how or why, but you were in my apartment.

    You were trying to get something down from up high and I said, "I always use the flyswatter to get that down." You said, "Isn't that kind of gross -- I mean--DEAD FLIES, hello?" [wtf? I don't own a flyswatter.]

    Then, suddenly you were hanging a 70s swag lamp in my living room. I have no idea how you found that thing. It's buried in box in my office area. It looked really good.

    I mentioned to you that I thought of putting that light in the hallway and you said, "Yeah. You would do better with a hall light that's more compressed." Then I woke up wondering what "more compressed" light is. Strangely, it's been bugging me for a week that the bulb in the hall is too bright. And I really have been wanting to get a new lamp and a new overhead hanging light in there. I guess you're supposed to somehow be subconsciously tied to that whole process. [is that because I love the overhead dandelion Ikea lights in your store?]

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  29. Could not agree more! Point nicely made!

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  30. Oh--sorry to go totally off topic up there.

    I couldn't agree more. That is a small table for way too much money. I'm glad you're around to right these wrongs of the world.

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  31. What the world needs now is more of you. Please open up a second location in my 'hood asap!

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  32. As a side note, when did $150 become the going price for a throw pillow?

    I can't get over it and I won't cave!

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  33. Thank you! I've been looking for similar tables to no avail. Can't wait to see them.

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  34. holy cow! crazy prices. thanks for not subjecting us to such ridiculous prices!!

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  35. True that. I can't even enjoy something if I paid too much for it. This also applies if someone gives us a gift that I suspect was overpriced. I suppose this is because the theme song of my youth was, "Maxx for the minimum, minimum price ... where it's never, ever the saaaaaame place twice."

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  36. I'm so happy you posted this. I'm sure you know these are in House Beautiful this month and I'm just blown away that people think that this kind of overpricing is ok.

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  37. lucitebox - that is HILARIOUS. sounds like the kind of dreams i have.

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  38. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY. I also agree with you. I've seen these tables online. I want to laquer a beside table i found at a thrift store. What is your best advice for a first time laquer job.
    xo,
    Keidy`

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  39. I am glad I am not the only one who thinks these are insane.

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  40. I agree but we all know there are people out there who are willing to buy them and not bat an eye at the price! Sorta crazy eh!

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  41. case closed. i can't wait to see your offerings!

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  42. okay not kidding ... that 1/2 circle table (i know fancy decorator speak here) they have one exactly like that but solid wood (and not red) at world market - - nothing a little spray paint and elbow grease cant make into that crazy expensive action.

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  43. then I am driving to Raleigh from Charlotte and buying one! What I really want to see is that custom furniture I just glimpsed. Also some cuteasallgetout tables. Hm. Got to get to Raleigh.

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  44. Please take a picture of your side tables. I am in the market for one and live in raleigh. I adore your style.

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