Report: #697269

Complaint Review: MATILDA'S MOUSE ANTIQUES - Valley Center, San Diego, California

  • Submitted: Fri, February 18, 2011
  • Updated: Sat, April 21, 2012
  • Reported By: CaliAntiques — monrovia California United States of America
  • MATILDA'S MOUSE ANTIQUES - Valley Center, San Diego, California
    0100 Valley Center
    United States of America


*Consumer Comment: Love, love, love Matilda's Mouse !

*Consumer Comment: Bate and Switch

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Matilda's Mouse Antiques serves customers

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I am an avid antique collector over 30+ years. I deal with MANY other dealers and I have to say I am very disappointed with Matildas! Once a month they open their barn doors to a barrage of buyers. Shoving, pulling and yes, taking the item that you have set your heart on and taking it right in front of you, feels like a bargain basement sale!!! If you pick up the items you are looking at the employees RUSH over, take it out of your hands and up to the front telling you to pick it up once you are ready to buy it.

All this is fine but, what bothers me is they wrap it up pressure you to buy it and you really haven't had the time to truly inspect it! I can't tell you how many times that this has happened to me and to my fellow dealers. Most of the time we get back to our shops, UNWRAP the item and realize it is broken or not what we thought it was all due to the fact that it was pulled out of our hands before we had time to inspect it. Not happy with the whole experience :( Feels like we are getting ripped off!
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#1 Consumer Comment

Love, love, love Matilda's Mouse !

AUTHOR: Experienced Shopper - ()

I have been coming up to Matilda's Mouse in Valley Center, since the Fall of 2012.  I rarely miss an invitation date.  I look forward to each month and what new surprises it will bring.  The funny thing is, they have never taken anything I am considering buying, out of my hand.  The women are throughout the barn to help you if needed, and once you have a few things in your hands, will politely ask, would you like me to put that up front for you?  You have the option of saying, "No thank you, I'm still debating on these items,"  or "Yes please, I want to buy these and aren't finished looking around."  I have given both of these answers, without any problems. 

When I have finished and come up to the counter to pay, never have my items been already wrapped.  They get them out of my cubbyhole number, put them on the counter in front of me, then begin the process of putting their number or price into the computer, then wrapping them up for travel.  It is now Sept. of 2014, and they are still following these procedures. I buy a list of things each month, and have also enjoyed some of their big pieces of furniture, which look amazing in my house.

I have seen flower arrangements on display, inside watering cans, etc.  One I considered buying for a while, but decided the colors weren't quite right for my room, went up to the counter and asked to be able to put it back out for sale. There was no problem & it wasn't wrapped up. They happily put it back out for me. I love the profuse and different furniture pieces they get in each month, unlike antique malls who have little difference in each booth everytime I go. In antique malls, many items on display that I want to buy have NFS written on their price tags, which I learned stands for, Not For Sale. This is very frustrating. I have not found this to be the case up @ Matilda's Mouse.  In my opinion, if you listen to these 2 complaints made way back in 2012, and skip the trip up to Matilda's Mouse, you have been cheated out of a very plesant and fun outing.

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#2 Consumer Comment

Bate and Switch

AUTHOR: Karen - (United States of America)

  I took my 80 year old Mother in law, Pat, to Matilda's Mouse antique sale yesterday. While there Pat found a cute little flower arrangement in a brown pot with a price tag that read $22.00. Nothing else was written on the tag. A sales person took the flower arrangement to the front to hold for her. 

  Later, when we went to the counter to pay, I scanned the hold area for Pat's flower arrangement and didn't see it. After inquiring, the sales person brought over a plain little pot and said the flower arrangement wasn't included. This was not a vase with some flowers thrown in to show what could be done with it. This had been a full little flower arrangement with spanish moss, etc.

  Pat was upset and disappointed and wanted to pay more money to buy the flower arrangement, but the clerk said no. I felt so bad for my Mother in law, I vehimently protested such meanness and deception. I was told by the clerk that they do this all the time and they simply don't have time to mark the pieces that aren't included with each displayed item. 

 Luckily the item hadn't been wrapped yet or Pat would have gotten home with only a portion of what she thought she was paying for. She didn't buy the empty pot. This bait and switch tactic of displaying a product in one form and then stripping the item once behind the counter is just wrong. As the previous complaint stated, they often wrap the item before the customer sees what they have done. 

  Matilda is a cute dog and the property is beautiful, but that doesn't excuse fraudulent business practices or taking advantage of trusting people. Shame on you Matilda's Mouse Antiques!



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#3 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Matilda's Mouse Antiques serves customers

AUTHOR: 92082 - (United States of America)

Matilda's Mouse Antiques is a once monthly barn sale.  Customers line up an hour before opening to be one of the first to shop on our Friday morning opening. The barn is crazy with customers! In order to serve our customers, we approach them when their hands are full and ask them if they would like to have their items taken up front for them.  If they are not sure about their purchase, they tell us so and we do not take their items. If they are sure, we take them up front and place them on shelves with their name.  Because of the volume on Fridays we enter the items in the computer and wrap them and place them in bags, to help move the long check out lines faster. If a customer changes their mind on an item, they can tell us and we will remove it from their bag and invoice.

If a shopper is not happy about shopping in crowds and does not like our attempts to serve customers by being proactive to solve the long check out lines, they should come on Saturday or Sunday when the shop is much less crowded and customers items are not rung up and packaged as they are brought up to the counter.  We are only trying to be considerate of our customers time. 
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