This is a story about my cousin, who learned the hard way that if you want something unique, buy it now.
One summer, she was visiting and she and I went into an antique shop. They had the most gorgeous hand-hooked rug there. Apparently, it had been made about 80 years ago by an artist whose name is still revered in the local rug-hooking community. It hadn't started life as a rug, it was actually a set of runners sewn together. Anyway, it had lovely colours and the most charming vignettes of various bird species. As you can imagine, it wasn't cheap - about $2000.
My cousin immediately fell in love. But oh, the price.
We left, and she dithered for about a week, but finally decided that she had to have it. So, we drove back to the shop.
"Oh dear," said the clerk, "a woman came in just a couple of hours ago, and bought it."
My cousin's heart was broken.
However, just before she was due to leave, we made another visit to the shop. The same clerk was on duty.
"Oh," she said, "you're the one who wanted to buy the rug. Are you still interested?"
My cousin indicated that yes, she really wanted that rug.
"Well, the original buyer changed her mind, and returned it," the clerk says. "We were just about to put it back out on display.
The rug is still in my cousin's apartment, and looks wonderful. We say they were meant to be with each other.