This time the post will be about how reading comprehension and asking one simple question can give extremely effective results.
And it was so: a message fell into my email box. The message was from the nicest Paweł, a stranger of course, that told me he owns a wall unit by Rajmund Hałas, painted blue and gray, moreover in good, not ideal condition and maybe I’ll be interested in having another one, as he knows I already have one… from the cover of my book.
Ah! Sneaky. Not only has he flashed me with another colour on the photo he sent, but also tossed in, incidentally, that he knows the book… Stroke my ego, lured and… started my known negotiating skill. No, it was not about the price, as we’ve settled on it immediately, but how to explain to the family, in the holiday period!, that we have to buy another furniture by Rajmund H., at once, just now and generally.
I’ve divided the task to smaller ones. You know, an elephant has to be eaten in portions…
So, how to persuade Jarek (the beloved husband) that he has to: agree to buy a second piece of furniture we already have, go with me to Szczecin to collect the piece – on a weekend, when the children are on holiday, and we’re finally free…
My strategy was simple. We have to move some furniture out of the house (but where??) and then persuade him that this Hałas is basically another Hałas than the one we own. Then I had to find a marvellous reason to see a city far away on the seaside and explain that in such a journey I can only go with a skilled driver on a cosy weekend date
And here came an opportunity. Befriended interactive agency has recently rented a beautiful modernist villa designed by Lachert on Żoliborz, Warsaw! A jewel – and the villa has a brilliant space on the ground floor connected with a room from which one goes straight to the garden… oh, I’m sure, a dream place. Let’s imagine, that my furniture by Professor Jiżak, together with a porcelain collection and some other attractive objects would be welcome there. On condition that they’d be for sale J as the clients of the agency will not leave them alone when they see those marvels…
And what? A relocation car, three brawny young men, two afternoons of packing, setting, photographing and this way we’ll put beautiful pieces in abnormal amounts on Patyna, much to collector’s delight that would be able to purchase a part of my collection. And I have a free room waiting for Rajmund Hałas II. Well, quid pro quo.
We’ve travelled to Szczecin almost immediately (there’s luck in leisure…) and there met some fantastic design freaks: Klara and Paweł – they are the parents – and Staszek, Franek and their friend Kuba, the most energetic child trio, that has immediately used the dozen or so meters of bubble wrap we’ve brought to make: two mummies costumes (amazingly mobile as for mummies…), roof and floor of a shed built under the piano (how cute those bubbles shot while jumped on…)
Paweł told us that the furniture belonged to boys’ grandparents, so the third generation of the family used it, and took the address of my page, where in the Contact section I’m telling everyone to write without doubt as I like people very much
So what? Reading comprehension and asking one question in an email. What an effect! Paweł is my hero – with the title of the seller of the year! He’s just emailed me and made an offer! I always say the simplest solutions are the best.
And Klara served delicious cherries, cake and watermelon and litres of amazing tea… We’re enchanted by Szczecin. Big European city with real beautiful, late Gothic and most interesting Neogothic – public buildings blow away while the newest investments like the Philharmonic Orchestra building and the river embankments kill for real. We’ve partied all evening.
The plane-tree alley where we strolled the following day took our breaths away, the summer theatre with original exterior sculptures from the 70ties, mosaics on the café’s walls and the Różanka park with beautiful, blooming hundreds of species of roses were only the background for admiring the original sculpture by Hasior located just like that… in the park. The Między Wierszami café, that is led by two councilwomen together with a bookshop (because they like to read!!!) truly killed us.
Szczecin is beautiful if only one wants to see the beauty – just as with the vintage design, one has to see, not only look
PS. Jarek protests that he has not been against and wanted to buy Hałas Let me tell you, I am the master of negotiation 😀