Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The One That Got Away

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The One That Got Away

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An important part of any fishing trip is the story told later about "the big one that got away." Over time, the fish looms larger in the imagination, growing in size and cunning until it reaches mythic proportions.

The same thing is true of antiquing trips. Even the most casual antique hunter can tell you of "the piece I almost bought."

My favorite spot to look for antiques is the seaside town of Essex, Mass. The place is chockablock with stores running along both sides of the main street.

About five years ago, I spotted a small, elegant, fold-top writing desk made of bird's-eye maple. The wood was a rich, honey yellow, a welcome contrast to the somber, dark oak of other furnishings. I kept going back for another look. Unfortunately, I had no need for a desk, no way to transport it, no place to put it, and no excuses to offer my husband for such an extravagance. …

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