March 20, 2009New Frontier – At The Auction
I went to an estate auction last Saturday with my husband and my friend, Sara. None of us had ever been to an auction before, but we were open to trying something new and it was a beautiful, sunny day, so we piled in the car and drove about 30 mins to the estate of someone who used to own an auto repair shop.
It was totally different than anything we had ever been to before! It wasn’t set up like the auction houses you see on TV. It basically looked like a giant garagle sale in someone’s yard, but you had to wait until the auction started to buy stuff. After we figured out how to sign up for a number and how to bid, we totally got into the swing of things. Hubs wandered over to the auto section of auction, while my friend Sara and I camped out in the housewares section.
Then we started winning things.
I have to admit, it was pretty undignified, even for me. We were clapping our hands and squealing when the other won something they wanted, and by the end of the first hour we had our arms filled with treasures and a very bemused crowd around us. Someone took pity on us and gave us boxes, another person gave us some newspapers to put around our glass items to keep them from banging together. But most just laughed at us, not in a mean-spirited way, but I think they laughed with us because we were so obviously enjoying ourselves. At least I hope they did. If we annoyed anyone, I apologize!
Sara walked out with three boxes of treasures. She got a set of vintage stoneware similar to some her grandmother had left her and a great green pitcher and bowl with a curved edge.
I got an Apollo Ware melamine bowl with pastel splatters in it. I LOVE it. It has some light utensil marks on the inside, but it will make a great chip bowl.
I also got a great set of vintage glasses. They aren’t as old as some other ones I’ve had, but I love that these are a little heavier, and since we use the vintage glasses for everyday, it will be nice if they can take a beating and still be functional. We have broken two vintage glasses in as many months, and are starting to feel pretty bad about abusing them.
After the housewares section of the auction was over, they started on the furniture and other items. These “other items” consisted of seized drug bust items from the state of Michigan, like semi-automatic guns and electronics plastered with evidence stickers. Seriously. So, we played with the guns for a while, took pictures of Sara holding a Bushmaster and laughed and then cashed out our purchases. Sara’s total was under $20, and ours was a little over, since Hubs had bought some tools. All in all, pretty good entertainment for a Saturday afternoon.
We can’t wait until the next one!