Half-past seven and we're already late. Dealers had been there since dawn, we're told, hovering like vultures as the trucks roll in. It's load-in day at Scott's in Atlanta. We're in town shooting a story for Southern Living when I happen upon this pretty thing.     


Not terribly old, but stylish nonetheless. Neutral, mostly, with subtle shades of coral and blue. Big, too: about 8 x 10. "How much?" I ask.


"Two and a quarter."


"As in $225?" You can't even get a sisal from Pottery Barn for that price. 


Now if it only fit in the overhead bin…