Your Life For Sale.


That’s what I think when I’m walking through the crowds at outdoor auctions, looking at other people’s stuff, once important and now being sold for pennies on the dollar. Not sure how I’d feel about that, but I know if my stuff ever gets auctioned off, I won’t be there to see it. That would be too heartbreaking. From the standpoint of a veteran buyer of other people’s stuff, though, I gotta say I love it.

My sister Kim and I got up early and headed to Frederic, Wisconsin, for a marvelous outdoor sale. The weather was perfect. The crowd was huge. I spotted something I wanted the first minute we were there. I was lucky that nobody else seems to like what I like, because after standing at the edge of a trailer among high bidders and cutthroat competition, not one person bid against me. (Oh, what a metaphor for one’s life, eh?) I got exactly what I wanted: These dear little ducks, hand painted in Japan. They are not in perfect condition, but what is? Who wouldn’t love them?

"Come over for coffee," they seem to be saying.

We spent most of the day wandering around, buying stuff, filling up the car, eating canteen food and enjoying the crowds. It’s a great place for people watching, but the “stuff” is fun to watch, too.

Here are some photos from the day.

What to buy? What to buy?

I wanted the little frogs you can see near the center bottom, but we left long before they even came up for bidding. I wonder where they ended up?

You can't see it, but in front of this crowd is a player piano that sold for $5. They had to throw in a box of piano rolls to sweeten the deal! Five dollars. Five.

There were trailers and trailers of stuff. Everything from household items to linens, furniture, books, farm implements, and even a car or two for sale. There were two auctions going on at once… I lost Kim several times, but we managed to find each other eventually.


Some guys checking out comic books.

Never too early to start thinking of Christmas!

We filled up the car, but not so much that we didn’t have time to stop at several yard sales, or at a Dairy Queen for something cold and white! (Not snow.)

SCORE! Two cartons for piano rolls for $20. Some really good ones in there, too. (I do have a player piano, lest you think I'd gone off the deep end.)

Kim's stuff, in the back of the car. We're just getting warmed up!

Sometimes you just gotta sit.

Specialties of the day? Hard to say, but I liked these:

Goofy photo of JFK.

Can you ever have too many sock monkeys? (Answer: NO!) And hey... notice my red car in the center of the photo. Sometimes a gal just has to make her own parking spot, you know?

It was a marvelous day. Every time I’m leaving Superior to head to Kim’s house, I pass a billboard on Hwy 2 that reads “A day of play beats a day of work,” which is actually an ad for a casino, but you know what? It’s true of auctions, too.

I think this sleepy guy summed it up for most of us:

Catching a few Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs

I hope the camera flash didn’t disturb his slumber.

Next stop (for me) is an auction in Eau Claire on Tuesday. More pics to follow, unless I forget my camera. (Of course I could always bid on one.)

2 Responses to “Your Life For Sale.”

  1. Loretta Didrikson says:

    Thanks for the pictures it all looks very fun. I really like the sleeping guy with his real life western wear.

    The ducks will be a nice addition in your collective collage of memories in your pond of life.

  2. Cathy says:

    Enjoyed all the photos! Especially the ducks.

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