My first auction

bistro-setThis weekend was just beautiful here in the land of 10,000 lakes.  The sun was shining, lots of birds singing and the hum of an auctioneer’s voice echoing in the breeze. 

Auction season is here!  Saturday, I attended my first auction.  EVER!  It may be hard to believe that growing up in rural Minnesota I’ve never been, but it’s true.  The auction was at the home of my dad’s cousin who passed away not long ago and there were a few things on the bill that interested both Toby and I.  OK, one thing!  A garden tiller.  Toby got this hair up his bum that we needed a HUGE garden so a tiller is in order. 

The auction started promptly at 10am, but like any good “junker” we were there about 45 minutes early to look at all the stuff.  There was quite a bit of stuff, but it didn’t look like it would take long to get through it all.  I spied some Tupperware that I wanted, some gardening gates and a cute bistro set.  They started with the hay-wagon full of old tools and spare parts.  A half hour was about all I could take of the tools, so the kids and I hit the road.  I was gone for about 2 hours and they had just finished the hay-wagon junk!  No Tupperware though.  Somehow it slipped past Toby and Joy.  Oh well, more stuff I really didn’t have room for anyway.  Toby had had enough when I got back so we headed home and left Paul and Joy to hold down the fort. 

HOURS passed so I called Joy to see how it was going and they still hadn’t gotten to the bistro set or any of the items Joy wanted!  I figured I’d go back and keep Joy company.  That was about 3:30pm.  Finally at 4:15pm they got to the bistro set.  I didn’t have a number so Joy was going to bid for me and I told her I’d go to $50.  It was her and another lady bidding and of course, $50 came and the other lady said yes with some hesitation so Joy jumped in and said $55.  SOLD to #137 for $55.  Thanks Mum!  She said, if you didn’t want it I did!  It currently looks great on my deck and I’m very glad she decided for me!  I also got the little garden gates I wanted and I have them up in the garden.  Looks good, even to Toby!  All in all it was a great day and an experience I’m glad I finally had. 

Are you a big auction goer?  Antiquer?  Garage saler?  I can see how people get into it.  It’s fun to find that one thing you just can’t live without!

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15 Responses to My first auction

  1. SKL says:

    The only time I participated in an auction was to buy something I made. See, I was involved in this literacy nonprofit and for a small fee they would give you a bear to dress up like a children’s lit character of your choice. Then the bears would be auctioned off along with the books at a local bookstore.

    I got together with my boss, who was a huge Wizard of Oz fan, and we decided to do the Tinman. It was so much fun. I was really impressed with the ax and oilcan I made and a few other brilliant details. My boss grew rather fond of the bear too. So come auction day, I HAD to get that bear back. I was too obvious so someone bid me up to like $75. The bear is now in the possession of my ex-boss and I hope he’s taking good care of it. I also got sucked into buying two other bears at the auction. One was “Madeline,” which is my step-grand-niece’s name so I had to buy it; then I needed to buy Stewart Little for her cousin. All together I spent around $200, but at least it was for a good cause.

  2. mssc54 says:

    $55 is a good buy on that! Good for Joy for being able to “read” the other bidders too. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the bleach off of those white seats when you clean them.

    How huge is your garden and what are you planting?

    I borrow a tiller from my friends who have a goat farm. My garden is about 30X35 and I’ve packed in Italian green beans, 9 each yellow squash/zuchini, 15 Japanese eggplants, 30 pepper plants of various varieties, 15 tomato plants of various varieties, 6 hills of cukes and two bundles of sweet onion sets. Me and the boy put about a six inch layer of leaves/grass clippings over the entire garden this weekend. I was looking down out the window this morning and it looks so cool to see the green plants, yellow blooms with the brown mulch.

    I can hardly wait for the fresh veggies! Happy gardening and auctioning!

  3. pammy wammy says:

    I love to look for deals,it is a part of who I am.I have been to a few auctions,but its the waiting I dont like.I think thats why I love garage sales and thrift stores.I see what I like and I just take it.I can spend hours in thrift stores and look for what I call treasures.

  4. Joy says:

    I was originally going to add to this post but Sue did such a good job that I wanted to leave it alone. It was such a fun day but V-E-R-Y long. I just couldn’t believe that Sue was an auction virgin. We explained not to act “happy” or “excited” about anything. I used to go to auctions all the time. That was back in the day when I was looking for clocks. I’ve gotten some really nice stuff that to this day I still have. I still have some really nice homemade quilts and blankets and they are among my favorites. I quit going to them because it was almost like an addiction. I would travel hours to go to one and it was just getting to be to much. Besides, we were ending up with to much “junk” in the garage!!!

    You also have to be really good at reading people and being able to tell if someone else really wants something or not and you do have to set a limit on what you’re going to spend on something because it can get really out of hand. There was lot of family at this auction and there was no way anyone was going to get some of this stuff. I did bid up to $100 for a set of dishes that I really did want but I knew a family member wanted all that stuff so I stopped. I’m not sure why they didn’t have a family pow-wow before it went to auction though. That still stumps me because most of it went right back to them at a high price.

    All I REALLY wanted was an old fashioned bike for my mom. She’s been looking for one like this for years. Just a plain old bike with no speeds or hand brakes. It was in excellent condition but of course…it was in the last row to go. I got wind that someone else wanted it but was told, bid it up high and make her pay for it. I had it in my mind that I’d go as high as $50 because that’s really all it was worth. Three of us were bidding on it and I went to $70 and stopped. DAMN!! I would have been daughter of the year had I gotten it for my mom and I could have kept going but you have to be realistic.

    But I did get an old fashioned Wards typewriter and 4 old time school desks and a couple of garden decorations. The tupperware Sue, Toby was looking at the wrong box and I kept telling him the one with the green bowl but he didn’t believe me and it was gone before I could bid on it. He thought you wanted the one with all the cups and the pitcher. MEN!!!

    This has awoken my auction bug and I have a feeling I’ll be going to some more of them.

  5. tessa says:

    Good buy! Awesome that you went Sue. I love garage sales! I grew up having to go every year!! I am a sale shopper.

  6. starlaschat says:

    Sue sounds like you had fun. And very cute table chair set. So cute! Nice that Joy could show you the ropes. sounds like there is a lot to know about auctions. I don’t go to auctions much the reality of how much stuff I have is glaringly apparent and will be my next big project. I have been to a fair amount of garage sales it is a lot of fun to get a good deal on a treasure. I can see how you could get the auction bug it is a bit like treasure hunting.

  7. Just a Mom says:

    I have never been into going to garage or estate sales just to go look. If I am looking for something in particular than I don’t mind it going to them.

  8. SKL says:

    I just remembered about a silent auction at another charity event. There was a basketball signed by our local prodigy LeBron James (about 2 years ago). I kept bidding it up and it finally sold (to another guy) for about $300. I was not sure whether I was glad or sad that I didn’t win the bid.

  9. Wow, that sounds like quite the experience! I’ve never been to an auction, but I’ve always wanted to go :).
    Congrats on all the new stuff! It’s fun to know that you’re spending less than you’d spend on new things while also helping out the family by getting rid of the things they don’t need.

  10. Sue says:

    It was a fun day, but seeing Joy bid on that bike was hilarious! I told her she should havve kept bidding b/c the other lady wanted it BAD!!!!

  11. nikki says:

    I’m not jealous one bit…okay I am! I so would have rather been with you guys! And auction sounds so fun, we went to one down town here with Paul years ago and even looked in to buying the house itself but it was old and very small. People can really get in an uproar at those things! I’d say you do need to try to keep your composure but some don’t know how to do that!
    The bistro set is adorable! $55 is a good deal! I’m glad you all had fun.

  12. tessa says:

    I got to say, Beautiful picture’s you have, Nikki and Sue!

  13. Gary says:

    I have never been to an auction!! I have a buddy that goes to them all the time and finds pretty good stuff. Paula and I do a lot of grarage and yard sales though. Paula is off on Friday’s so that is usually our day to hit garage sales. We usually find some really good stuff.

    Like…..oh I don’t know…. a bug lantern for 5 bucks!! LOL

  14. Gary says:

    I like the bistro set!!

  15. PenKavasede says:

    Outstanding website hope to visit once again:D

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