4.08.2011

Auction Today ~

I have a love/hate relationship.  With who you ask? (or is that whom?)  You are dying to know....I know you are!    :)   Well....it's not a person, it's auctions.  In my line of work I really should attend them but like I said, I have a love/hate relationship with them.  Pro---you just never know what the auction house will have up for auction....there are some real treasures to be found among all those misshapen, beat up old cardboard boxes.  Con----the weather doesn't always participate. Pro----bad weather means less people and less people to bid against me.  Con----they go on for hours until the piece you want comes up for auction.  Pro----your bidding opponents leave early because they have to wait so long, especially when there are no bathroom facilities.  Con---you get all dirty.  Pro----who cares? :)   Con----bidding is nerve racking.   Pro ----bidding is fun and it's like a big social event.  Con---bidding gets jacked up way too high sometimes.  Pro----I get box lots for 5 bucks sometimes...and good stuff.


But I go and go and keep going.  Going, going.....gone!   So won't you join me in this past Wednesday's auction?  Look what I saw as I was traveling down the road.  Look at all that rustique.  Some people see that as pure unadulterated junk...but not you and me.  I see a roof for a bird house, a fabulous display piece for hanging prints or maybe some wonderful objets d'art for your garden.



And I know we will spot some PINK.  This particular auction is held out in the country (where I live) and is mostly country items....no fine French furniture here, at least none I have ever seen.  And yesterday was no exception.  The auctioneer has built this unbelievable place where he has replicated an entire little town.  From his life time of collecting and selling, he has the most amazing array of antiques and collectibles....every building filled to the brim.  And this is where I found my first PINK of the day.  This little building is the very one I would want to rent and use as my little shop to sell my pieces.  Don't you just love it?  Look at that pink gingerbread.  I could sit on that front porch and wait for you to visit.  :)  I did mention to the auctioneer, whose name is Bucky, that he really should consider renting out his buildings to the public.  This place would become a huge tourist destination.  Right now....no one but us treasure hunters knows where it is, tucked away on a little dirt road.



Okay.....enough dilly dallying....let's get to the rows of tables set up and see what we want and what's on the auction block today.  And while you are here check out the rest of the replicated "old town".








Oh ....here we go! ....I spotted some more PINK.  She has the best seat in the house. I stopped and chatted with her. She was so sweet. Her husband was bidding on a fine old mantle clock.


Now this just broke my heart!!!  Can you spot the old lady laying upside down?  She is just laying there in that pile of mess on the front porch of the "General Store".  I WANT HER!  Problem is, I don't think she  is for sale.  I think she may be intended as a prop in the "store".  She has the most gorgeous patina and her stand is a gorgeous stair step cast iron square.  I couldn't ask the owner/auctioneer since he was still auctioning and I had to leave but my plan is to go back next week and find out for sure. That old dress form has my name on it!


As I mentioned before I had to leave early, so I paid for my winnings, threw them in the trunk and off I went.  Did you happen to spot what I might have bid on?? Yep...that vintage Italian tole lily chandelier....woohoo.  I had a set price in my mind on what I was going to pay for this piece and apparently there was another bidder who wanted it really bad too.  The bidding got pretty intense and all eyes were on me and my opponent but I won at only $5 short of my set price.  I did mention that bidding could be nerve wracking....didn't I?  :)




And a picture I accidentally snapped of myself as I was fiddling with the camera.    OOPS!


HAPPY PINK SATURDAY


I hope you enjoyed your day in the country and I want to give a big thank you to Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for running our fabulous Pink Saturday.  For the mostest pink you will ever see just click here.  Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you spot an auction this weekend to attend.  Never know what you might find.  xoxo

40 comments :

Claudia said...

I love/hate auctions for the same reasons you listed. Love that little pink house - adorable!

xo
Claudia

Marydon said...

Oh, mercy! I'll bet they had vintage feedsacks there AND I AM NOT THERE! Ugh! Bet you had a grand time & found some treasures.

Have a beautiful weekend.
TTFN ~
Hugs,
Marydon

FUN GIVEAWAY ends 4/10

La said...

that chandelier is amazing! Congratulations!

I love going to auctions. I already have a few dates penciled in for estate auctions in the area. I can't wait! Your pictures have me all excited now.

Have a great weekend! La

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lynn,

Don't you laugh at me but I have never been in an auction...Nope...

Did you snatch that mannequin? Love it!


~ Gabriela ~

Gabriel Prado said...

Boy I love auctions! It lookes like that had some crazy items too. Wish they had more of that stuff in Arizona!

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, what an amazing post--and I love that little cottage--it is adorable!!!
XO

dana said...

I really hate auctions for all of the "con" reasons you mentioned.....so I rarely go. However, I love great junque, so I spend a fair amount of time hitting flea markets, g. sales,thrift stores and antique shops. I love it when I find a vendor, who isn't overpriced in the first place having a sale in their booth. Many times I've scored great items that way.

What a wonderful place that guy has created for auctions! YES..I can see you on the porch waiting for me. Will you have a glass of my favorite wine all ready so we can chat and sip a bit?

Have a great PSat!!! L, dana

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

LOVE, love love that little building! Simply charming and yeah, I could move right in too! Happy Pinks and have a lovely weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Before I used to go to auctions. Love to enjoy the life at auctions but it is hard to not buy and now I don't want more things :)
Happy PS!

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

How fun - I've never been to an auction. The chandelier is so lovely! Happy PINK Saturday to you :O)

Jori said...

I need to figure out how to find fun auctions to go to. Your pictures are amazing.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lynn, I am absolutely and wildly in love with that tiny building you first showed us. I nearly camae out of my chair when I saw it. Oh, girl... you go get it! You can sell your stuff out of there, and it would be PERFECT. I adore it.

I have a hate/love with auctions, too, but I love to see what other people find.

Sending you hugs, girlfriend and all good wishes for a Happy Pink Saturday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Looks like you has some fun! I have never been to a auctions, must try it for sure! Happy Pink Saturday!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Terri Morse said...

That little pink building is perfect! I love the front porch. Happy Pink Saturday! Terri

LizlovesVintage said...

I know what you mean exactly. That mock town and little house is great. I could just vision a little antique shop there. SOLD!!
Have a great weekend.
xx Liz

Antiques And Teacups said...

I love auctions...and what a fun venue that is! I'd love to visit there just to walk around and enjoy the ambiance. Thanks for sharing!
Ruth

trash talk said...

Oh mylanta! The little pink house is precious. Heck...the whole town of Lilliput is!
Girl...I dislike auctions with a passion while Cat Daddy thinks "going, going, gone" is his mating cry! I do have to say...this one might be fun as long as I didn't have a squirrel moment looking at the little buildings and end up bidding on a power drill! Besides...who doesn't love a man named Bucky?!?

Deb

Graceful Rose said...

Lynn, love the pictures of the old repilcated town. The little cottage is to die for! I would move right in too! Being in the auction business I have attended quite a few auctions. I only attend ours these days pretty much as my time is so limited. I have an entire box from a large box truck filled with treasures including furniture and chandeliers that I have collected from these auctions. Auctions are very addicting because they usually will have at least 1 or 2 items that make it worth your while. One man's trash . . . . Have a great pink Saturday. I hope to join in that soon.

Graceful Rose said...

Lynn, love the pictures of the old repilcated town. The little cottage is to die for! I would move right in too! Being in the auction business I have attended quite a few auctions. I only attend ours these days pretty much as my time is so limited. I have an entire box from a large box truck filled with treasures including furniture and chandeliers that I have collected from these auctions. Auctions are very addicting because they usually will have at least 1 or 2 items that make it worth your while. One man's trash . . . . Have a great pink Saturday. I hope to join in that soon.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I think auctions are nerve-racking! Could be because hubby and I both unknowingly were bidding on the same item against each other (a carosel horse)!! Of course, I won it!! :0)

Love the chandelier!

Happy PS!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a fun place to go, I saw tons of good stuff! I have never been to an auction, I was asking at the mall last week if there was any around, they said there use to be some, but they have not seen any for a while! Good luck on the old lady, hope you get her!!

Carol

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hey Lynn, I love auctions but sometimes I get so caught up in the moment I pay quite a bit over my maximum price. Last time I was at Tillmans I got a few things and at a good price. Love the chandelier.
Hugs,
Sherry

Sabre' said...

Hi there!
Just hopped over from Beverly's and so glad I did. I just loved seeing all the pictures and hearing about the auction. That cottage is exactly the kind of place I'd love to sell from!!
Best of luck on the dress form. It's a beauty!
Hugs,
Sabre'

Sarah said...

I've never attended an auction but I bet I would have a blast!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Sarah

Hartwood Roses said...

I love auctions!! No 'cons' for me ... definitely, all 'pros'.

Lynn, dear, if you want some company on an upcoming auction adventure, I'll be happy to tag along.

Connie

Cottage Touch said...

Wow I love those sheds! HPS!

NanE said...

Oh I am so jealous Lynn, we don't have good auctions like that around here! Back home, there were always 2 or 3 auctions a day and I really miss that. Looks like you came away with some great treasures! Have a great weekend, Nan

Linda M. said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Thanks for the tour of auction town. I love the little cottage.

Dru said...

LOVE that little pink house - makes it all worthwhile doesn't it! Happy Pink Saturday to you!

Kelly Mac said...

A whole little town to play in...it's so gorgeous. How can you not have fun there...and find a treasure? Glad you got the chandelier you were after. Maybe next time the dress form will be yours.

stefanie said...

what a happy day!!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Lynn Sweetie...
What a beautiful day you had. I would have loved to have gone along. I too, would have had to interrupt and ask about that dress form. It is SO beautiful and I have SO wanted one for the longest time for my dining room. Did that not say "GORGEOUS"? I think she did too.

Love your chandi you got, and to know you ended up 5.00 bucks under your price of choice. That always makes one feel good.

Love the little town, and it would be SO fun if he rented out these buildings for people to sale their wares in. It would make it alot more fun to come, not only for the auction but for purchases as well. I hope for your sake he changes his mind one day.

Looks like you had some other treasures in your trunk as well. I can't wait to see what pops up in your shop.

Loved the head shot you got of yourself. So cute sweetie.

Have a glorious weekend. Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

Shirley said...

Dear Lynn, Bet that was the little pink house John Mellencamp sang about..hahaha..I love it..too cute..good bidding on your newest addition..glad you won.
Have a sweet Sunday my friend...

Designs on 47th Street said...

Lynn, I would love to tag along with you and attend an auction. It would be fun to see you in motion...the things you bid on and for how much, etc. etc. Your area looks so charming and home spun. I would love it. Also love your hair! :)
Donna

Beach House Living said...

Enjoy the chandelier. That is a great find.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh my...how cute is that tiny building! And the rest of the little town setting is just so neat. I'm with you on that vintage dress form...I'd have to get that one way or the other. :0)

Pink Sparkles,
Stephanie ♥

saltbox treasures said...

Wow! Your auction in the country looks fantastic! That old dress form is gorgeous. So nice to have one with patina.
Mine is a new one. Someday I'll find an old one :).
Hope your week is wonderful!
~ Julie

Mar said...

wow! wish I had these type of things at my place :) I'm sure u had a gud time there...

Simply Bungalow said...

Looks like a fun day. I love all the little buildings and your finds are wonderful.
~Heidi

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Yep! I love that tole chandelier and was thinking "I hope Lynn bought that"! I love auctions, but feel that I CANNOT leave until the last box is sold. (I might miss THE best bargai). Therefore, I avoid going to them, because I KNOW I'll be there til they start packin' up the tables. I adore that little pink house with the gingerbread trim. laurie

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