BUYER BEWARE. After move, was only missing one item. An antique framed wide angle pano-shot photo from WWI with my great-grandfather in it. It was his flight squadron graduation composite stateside before being shipped off to the War. Other than being in possession of the invoice, there’s not much to do considering the value of the item and difficult to prove, especially considering the account of time if you don’t notice for a few weeks because you’re unpacking and figuring out where everything is now supposed to live in your new home.
The truth is Carols’ (he’s the crew leader and named on the invoice) asked lots of questions about the picture. I gave an antiques roadshow review on a proud piece of family history Serving our Nation, then it becomes the one item I can’t find after the move, including the small felt blanket it was wrapped in. Of course when I called weeks later saying the item was missing, Al asked for proof of the theft, questioned how many other people had been at the house over those weeks like utility calls, and defended his crew of accusation.
REMOVE FIRST OR PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES AND ANTIQUES! BE CAUTIOUS WHEN THE CREW MAKES NICE COMMENTS AND/OR ASK(s) QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR STUFF. I’m sure I made it sound really valuable too, which it was, but not in the monetary sense. The picture wasn’t worth much more than the frame it was in — these photos are common, maybe $500 or less at auction — but I’ve lost a proud part of my family history forever..