When we listed our Sarasota house it was marketed as unfurnished. The buyer decided she wanted it furnished. As time went on we realized that “furnished” to us meant “I’m sort of like a stalker buying your life” to her. She wanted EVERYTHING in the house. Including my kids’ legos.

She went through and made her own inventory. Everything, everything was on it. I responded that some of the things were personal items and Steve and I would not sign off on her inventory until we either did a video walk through or made it to the house in person. So we got to the house and I set aside many many fewer things than I wanted because I knew this was a weird sensitive situation.

I sent the amended inventory and this picture back. These are the items I did not want to include in the sale. The house was still fully equipped and decorated. Including many pieces that came from my personal collection.

This was the stuff I wanted. From our house. That I had brought from Vermont. The buyer charged us 2,071 for our own stuff.

This was the stuff I wanted. That I had brought from Vermont. The buyer charged us  for our own stuff.


So this is the response.

Hi Mummy,
As you know ,I am really disappointed about so many things being taken from the house as this was not in the agreement.

The other reason is because I felt that the owners have a great eye for design and as an artist you know how much I appreciate visual beauty and style,especially vintage and the 6o’s style having grown up in Denmark. It was fun being in the house and reminiscing with you about Denmark the day we saw it and decided to make an offer and loving the fact that the yellow dansk enamel ware was so beautifully coordinated with the tulip chairs, candlesticks ,the tulip tweed side chairs and the midcentury cabinets. We both felt that it was such a happy and interesting house and that the furnishings made it great. I remember saying I wonder if the owner is a visual artist of some sort and hoping that if we were going to buy it that they would sell it  with everything in it.

Any way as you now know there has been a lot of confusion about the inventory in the house. Last night I received an email of the objects  that has been removed from the house.
From what I can tell it is just about everything in the photo except for the white lamps with the green and blue shades.
Because you have not been here and Louise was also out of town during the last couple of weeks , I wanted to recap what has happened up until now.

When we wrote up the initial contract we presented it and went back and forth with the sellers until we agreed on a price which included purchasing the house and its, contents and the red volvo. At that time Lisa said that the owners agreed but they wanted some antique glassware from the house and she said she wanted the orange telephone and  we agreed.She was also going to check with the sellers to make sure there was nothing else that was important to them.

So, Louise and I met with Lisa at the house to go over inventory . It was hectic because inspectors were there too but Louise asked Lisa if there was anything else that was of importance to the owners which is when she said the bird sculptures and the Dansk enamel cookware.  We both asked Lisa what the antique glassware was and Lisa said the mason jars and the Turquoise liquid dispensers on the shelves she thought but she would check.
The agents both had to leave so I continued making the inventory list which was a long tedious job but someone needed to do it. When the inspector was done we had to lock up house and leave.So the following week I went back to finish the inventory list because I had been sick that week.

I spent time last night and  today putting together what I think is a fair monetary value on some of the things that the realtor or sellers  took out of the house. I will go down the list . I did a lot of research on line so these are not just random prices.


ice bucket                                                                $25.00
5 blue dot glasses        ($10. each)                       $50.00
1 cocktail shaker                                                     $45.00
1 green striped teapot                                             $45.00
3 yellow ceramic candlesticks   ( $25. each)         $75.00
2 yellow enamel boxes  ($20. each)                       $40.00
1 white rosenthal vase                                              $60.00
1 one white squished can ceramic vase                 $45.00
1 black and white drawing                                         $30.00
1 green enamel bowl with brass spiral legs             $25.00
1 set blue and white cream and sugar china           $45.00
1 green orange juice squeezer                                  $15.00

As far as the Dansk enamel cookware and I know you are also disappointed about those especially because at the time you were not there to even mention anything to Lisa about them but 1 Dansk cooking dish was left.
Sellers took 4 dansk pots and 1 lid  ( used vintage price probably around $300.00)
New they would cost even more but I do not think they make yellow anymore.

It ended up being more sad than funny. So I am skipping that. We left more Dansk than she stated. The sale went through. I decided to take it as a great sign that someone would pay a premium for the place as we set it up. And I can always get a new toothbrush. Not kidding. On the up side here are some of the reasons we can tolerate the concrete jungle that is Florida.

A new friend.

A new friend.

Fighting in the sunset light

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Sarabay sunset

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Sarasota jungle gardens. Oliver’s favorite spot. Please note Leo’s pass include free access for turtle.

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Feeding the flamingo

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All of these house are on the same block near Bay shore drive. Also, check out the soothing tones of the fire hydrant

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Florida bungalow

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Sarasota Modern

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Spanish Tile hidden by jungle style trees

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Why not take a moment to nod to Cape Cod- my least favorite, but I wanted to show the range.

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Midcentury modern

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1920’s bungalow

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Our little pool. The buyer wanted that too. And the goggles.

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The condo we kept is directly on this beach. Anna Maria Island. It makes selling the house a bit easier.

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Oliver is showing me something. But I have eyes only for him. And the water behind him.

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This ball jar came from the house. The buyer charged me $25 for my own ball jar. My incredible realtor paid for this and the five glasses and the ice bucket that we took. It was absurd and sad. I would have pulled the plug on the deal but the realtor took it on the chin, and from her commission. I mean, a BALL JAR. We even left her the legos.

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Bird of paradise at mini golf. Mini golf- paid torture. Does anyone have fun at mini golf?

The red lemon. Buying a convertible for the house was not our best ever idea. But the buyer wanted it.

The red lemon. Buying a convertible for the house was not our best ever idea. But the buyer wanted it. Joke may be on her on this one. Perhaps she can use our tool kit to fix it. She wanted that too.

Good bye Sarasota. I hope the buyer thinks it was a good buy. I know the legos work. Not so sure about the volvo. But it makes a good photo prop.

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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

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