The desk arrived in London last Thursday, and we drove down and picked it up yesterday. We got it all unpacked and in our study. It looks great! Here are a couple of photos of the desk in its natural environment:
That’s me before making final arrangements to the room and computer cable routing, etc.
Thanks again for your help in getting the desk here. I had the desk crated for $150 (should have been $250), shipped for $298, and I paid £84 ($130.56) in import taxes, security fees, etc. I did not have to pay 20% Value Added Tax (VAT) or other customs duty. We drove down to London and back on about $60 worth of fuel.
You sold me the desk for $3500, which is a grand total of about $4140.00. The best price I could find for the desk here in England is £4779 or $7457.21 at today’s exchange rate, but I would have paid 20% less VAT (due to my employment status) or £3982.50 or $6189.24 at today’s exchange rate.
|Summary:||$6189.24||Normal British price MINUS 20% VAT|
|$4140.00||Bargain price at Aardvark Antiques INCLUDING shipping, crating & import taxes|
|$2049.24||Savings! God Bless America!|
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that prices in America are high!
P.S. The key for the center drawer was taped to the inside of one of the drawers. The desk also has lockable drawers on the left side, but I did not find the key that fits the lock, which is covered by a one inch round brass plate on the inside of the left drawers. Do you know what could have happened to this key? I did not find it anywhere in the crate or packing material, but I’ll have another thorough look as soon as I can.
Hi Charles and Arlene.
When my husband and I are shopping for nice, quality antique furniture, we go to Aardvark Antiques first where owner, Charles Pharr, is very knowledgeable about his inventory. Charles treats everyone with respect and is honest and quick to point out if there is any flaw. He will also work with you to give you a price that you can be happy with. We are always glad to shop at Aardvark Antiques because we know that we will get good quality merchandise from an honest, trustworthy person.Robin and Jerry Walters
We bought this from you in November to convert into a bathroom vanity.
Thought you might get a kick out of seeing how well it turned out -
My husband moved his Washington DC office to a new building this spring. I was determined to get rid of the horrible formica furniture and ugly conference room chairs. I went on line to see what was available. I found Aardvark's site on ebay and couldn't have been more pleased. I purchased first a 10 foot dining table that is used as his conference room table. After calling Charlie to secure delivery, I ended up buying the beautiful chairs and credenza as well. It transforms his office tremendously, I know his employees love it and seem to be thrilled with all of the changes. Visitors to his office are also impressed. Charlie made it very easy and fast. I would certainly buy from them again!Susan
Thank you for your professional assistance with the appraisal and subsequent sale concerning my motherâ€™s estate. Your kind words, especially during an emotional time, were truly appreciated â€¦ as well as your vast knowledge and understanding of market value of the multitude of antiques involved.Kindest regards,
During the sale, we enjoyed working with your cheerful assistants â€¦ who were always focused toward service for your loyal followers from your estate sale list.
You and your services came highly recommended to us â€¦ and we, in turn, wish to applaud your professionalism and offer our recommendations. Please keep us on your list â€¦ we enjoy attending (and buying) from the top estate sales that you oversee.
Linda A. Butts
I apologize for taking so long to get back to you about the desk. I have finally got the desk set up the way I wanted it and it looks great. When I originally seen this desk and the price of the desk I thought it was to good to be true. After talking to Charles at Aardvark Antiques and got his assurance the desk was in good condition I went ahead and purchased it. I was given the name of a shipping company and had it set up to be picked up and delivered here in Florida and within about ten days I had my desk. I have to admit that Charles was wrong about the condition of the desk, it was not in good shape, it was in great shape. The desk looked almost like new and looked much better in person than what the pictures showed online at their web site. The desk was much more than I anticipated, a very welcomed surprise. This company sells only quality merchandise and the service is second to none. Thanks for a great piece of furniture. I have sent along a couple of pictures. As you can see I have set it up for my amateur radio hobby.Thanks
Daytona Beach, FL
Hello CharlesThanks I'm a very satisfied costumer!!
Here's a picture of the gun rack in its new home I striped and refinished it and added some fabric to it .. I'm very pleased with our transaction and the help you gave me in getting it shipped ...
CharlesPeggie Ruben, North Augusta, SC
Here's my new table and chairs in the dining room. It is just what I was looking for. I am very pleased with my purchase from you. Thanks for your help.
My daughters bed as you can see it all goes so well together like I bought it all at the same time. The bedroom suit was my grandmothers she bought back in 1980 but I don't know where it came from before her. Cedar is a beautiful wood.
Wanted to send you a pic also of her dresser that we already had the desk matches perfect. I also sent you a pic of the desk and a few works you may use on your website.Thanks
Hello Charles, My husband had the room finished when I got home from work so I took a picture for you.Thanks so much
Charles I wanted to say Thank you! The cedar desk we got from Aardvark Antiques is perfect. I searched for a long time to find one to match my daughters cedar bedroom suit. When I ran across yours on the internet I was happy but worried being it was in another state and I couldn't see it in person. However, after talking with you several times over email I felt like I could trust your word and the pictures you sent me. You also helped me get it shipped to my home and I must say it arrived looking just like I hoped it would. I recommend anyone to buy from you. You will receive what you see on his website. If I ever need something else I will be sure to check with you first.
The Coleman Family
Attached is a photo of the dining table which I purchased from you. I am very pleased with my purchase. The table arrived in a timely manner and in the excellent condition as advertised. The talbe was well packed for shipping and arrived in great condition. I would buy from you again.Brett Person
It's Yolanda, from New York. I trust you are well. I wish to inform you as to how pleased I've been with my purchase of the "Unusual Antique Chair." Not to mention the positive feedback I've gotten from friends and relatives whenever they visit. I purchased this chair particularly for my use. However, I've abandoned squawking whenever someone wishes to sit in it as others are drawn to it, much as I was when I initially saw it posted on your website. This chair was a chair which I had to own, though I couldn't imagine where I was going to situate it in my already cramped apartment space. I've managed to find space in my living room and have attached pictures of the chair therein. I wish to thank you, once again, for your exceptional service and consideration, particularly regarding pricing. I would have spent at least $400 in New York on a chair such as this. I also wish to thank you for a seamless transaction, albeit long distance. I look forward to visiting you and your shop upon a visit to Georgia and doing business with you in the future. Until then, be well.Yolanda Lasky
P.S. Sorry, Charlie. You may not have the chair back. A deal is a steal, I mean deal. Just kidding. Ha, ha!!
Frederick Arioli wrote:
I finally unpacked the table and set it up in my dining room. It is as you described, just spectacular! I can't help staring at it and running my hand over the surface. I'm ordering an Â¼ thick oval piece of glass to cover it, as I would hate myself forever if I damaged the surface. Thank you again for an exquisite piece!
Frederick ArioliHenredon Dining Table
We were very happy with Aardvark Antiques service and product. The table was shipped with excellent care. Charles was very helpful and informative and true to his word. I think I called him at least a 100 times from Wisconsin for my boss and not once was Charles discouraged, he always took the time to answer my questions. The conference table is gorgeous and fits into our newly decorated conference room perfectly!! Thanks for everything Aardvark Antiques!!Heather A.
Franzoi & Franzoi, S.C.
Menasha, WIConference Table
Charles, We absolutely love the Leighton Hall table we got from you. It is truly a work of art that we enjoy every time we see it or company sees it. Thanks so much for your patience and the great deal!AJ
Charles and Staff, Thank you so much for this magnificent Art Nouveau settee. She is nothing less than spectacular. I wish I could buy another like her.
I purchased this cabinet from you and the whole process went very smoothly. I was a little apprehensive at first, knowing that my purchase was coming from Georgia. When I received my cabinet, it was even more beautiful than the pictures online. The delivery company, Metro Valet, was courteous, helpful and the delivery went great.
Attached are some pictures of the cabinet in my home. Also attached are pictures of the calendar I talked to you about and also the old scales that were my husbands grandfathers.
I enjoyed doing business with you!
This view is of washington dc on connecticut ave, on the block of the mayflower hotel, will send more pics with commentary for your website, thanks again. if you got more keys in from credenza shoot me a few will you? thanks! cara
Thank you for making this so painless and a great experience working with you.
Many thanks for all your help in getting this together so quickly for us.
I just thought I would drop you a note saying that the table arrived safely and looks fabulous. It meets our needs perfectly and is just as you described it. Thank you so much for all your help.
I thought you might like to see a photo of it...
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