Have you ever found out someone regifted something you gave them or got rid of it?
One time I made some wooden boxes, cut out Xmas trees on the front, painted them and filled them with handmade candles. They were for the co-workers at hubby`s office. All but one. One I made with a star of David for a Jewish person. Two years later we received a gift from someone else in the office and it was lovely. A handmade wooden box with a Star of David and homemade candles.
So that was a double regift. We gave to Person 1, who gave it to person 2, who gave it to person 3 (us).
I had something funny happen on the weekend, although I was so fuming mad about it at the time, I was ranting. Now I can laugh.
I dabble in fiber art. I have sold a few pieces and have had 3 pieces accepted into a juried show. A family member bugged me and bugged me to make a piece for them. I happily obliged and spend dozens and dozens of hours on it. I gave it to them for Christmas.
Now as families sometimes do, a Divorce happened. The person I had gifted to, called me to see if they could keep the art since it was given to them and they loved it soo, so much. I was thrilled, still wanting this person in my life. I called the other divorced party and they agreed it should stay with the giftee.
On Saturday, I got an email from a person in a certain state saying that a piece of my art had showed up in a thrift shop. They didn`t feel that it was a thrift shop piece and they said it spoke to them and they just had a `feeling about it`` They googled my name and found me and asked it I wanted it back.
To me, the Divorced Party #1, if they could no longer bear to look at it, should have offered it back to Divorced Party #2, which would bring it back into my family. It was after all, not a mere caserole dish or a book or some other purchased gift. It was made with love. Anyway after stewing on it for a day or so, the Divorced party #2 and I have been thinking up ways to let DP1 know that we know they dumped it.
Wouldn't it be so funny if I called them and said
"Someone called me because they bought a piece of my art at an auction for $10,000 and wanted to know more about me and my techniques, and it turned out to be your piece"
"We could hang it back up in the DP1's house exactly where they had taken it down. They would think they were haunted"
You never know when something will come back and bite you in the ass.