Saturday, 17 March 2007

SOLD! to the lady in the back row....

There's no better entertainment than spending a few hours at an auction sale. Sometimes there are bargains to be found, and sometimes prices soar out of reach. Every Saturday, and occasionally on Sundays, you can find crowds of hopeful bidders at a local Community Hall. It's too dangerous to scratch your nose, or wave at a friend you haven't seen for a while.... you may find you've bought something you didn't really want.

This Saturday was no different. The contents of a Century Home were offered for sale. The sale started at 10:30a.m. and continued until 3:30p.m. .... lots of nicknacks, glass and crockery...

... furniture and fur coats...

.... assorted linens and quilts....

Of course, I can't resist bidding, and this is my prize for today. My old large place mats are starting to peel and disintegrate so 2 boxes of almost new Pimpernel mats for $30.... a bargain in my opinion.

BTW, Happy St Patrick's Day everyone! We're all a bit Irish on March 17 aren't we?

15 comments:

TorAa said...

I say it: you are a fantastic storyteller, combing pictures and words so thrilling.

hope you can enjoy our cybercruise:)

Hugs from us here in Oslo

rosemary said...

I want those chairs!!!! I'd say you did quite well....we have a weekly auction close by...but it is a long drive in bad weather so I will start going again soon....because...it was 52 here today and there is lots of green showing on an appropriate day!!

Inihtar said...

Good deal! I've never actually been to an auction. I might find one and check it out now!

CanadianSwiss said...

I've never been to an auction before, but I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't leave empty handed.

Vintage to Victorian said...

I like that greeny-blue basket on legs (what a description, but I'm sure you'll know what I mean!).

There's something addictive about bidding at auction. I love it, especially if mine is the winning bid!

Ming_the_Merciless said...

How exciting!?! I have never been to an auction before but I have seen it on TV. There is a show on HGTV called, "Cash in the Attic" where they take things found around the house and sell them at auction.

rosemary said...

Ha...the round discs could be either a collection of violet plates...but...I suspect you were looking at the blue and pink discs that are the ceramic gifts my children made for me when in first grade....their right handprints. Very special.

Xtreme English said...

when we lived in Iowa, there were LOTS of farm auctions around. It was in the late 70s/early 80s, and the farm crisis was in full swing. Word got around in the kitchen where I worked that if you went to a farm auction and waited till late afternoon "after the dealers had gone home," you could get things like complete bedroom sets (suites?) for less than $200! Everyone knew someone who had furnished their whole place that way for a song & a dance.

Martin Stickland said...

I cannot believe it!

The table cloth that your table mats are sitting on in the photo is none other than a hand made silk cloth by the 16th Century artist Perie Popperdom!

One sold recently for $32,345,435.65 cents at auction.

Oh well, you win some and you lose some!

Martin

PS Nice mats by the way!

Donna said...

What a fabulous way to spend a day. I do love an auction :-)

I found you via Sue's blog (vintage to victorian) and am a current North Devonian myself as I live near Bideford x

Allotment Lady said...

Wow - I would love to go to those auctions - and what a bargain you grabbed for yourself.

Well done you

photowannabe said...

What a fun way to spend the day, or is it spend the money? Your place mats are a great deal.

lettuce said...

such good fun - you got a good bargain.

I just so LOVE old stuff!

The Toronto Team said...

oooH! I love anything vintage. I would love to attend such an auction. Those linens are just my thing, too. Lovely story. Can you link me the name of the community centre. i'd love to check it out one weekend! (just have to figure a way to sneak the stuff into the house - my husband thinks i'm MAD!)

Ginnie said...

How fun! Auctions are so educational, aren't they. I'd go again just for the experience. But when you find something you want and get it, BINGO. You feel like you've hit the jackpot. Congratulations. It like like you got a good deal.