Auction Fever


When things weren’t going his way, my old friend John Smith used to say, “Another day, another chance.” (I think he was a recovering alcoholic. But I digress.) It’s a good saying which applies to most any situation, and I often use it in relation to auctions. They can’t all be that great, you know? But yesterday’s auction was one of the really fun ones.

Early attendees began filling the parking lot, but a smart shopper could easily make her own spot right by the door. Easy access if you’re carrying lots of boxes, as some of us were.

Early shoppers begin arriving.

A wise (and occasionally lazy) gal finds the best possible parking place!

The thing that makes most auctions fun is the variety and eclectic collections of what-nots that people have collected or saved over the years. Estate and consignment auctions are the best. Don’t get stuck at a gun and rifle auction unless you intend to buy guns or rifles. Yawwwwnnnnnnn.

Get there early so you can pick out the stuff you want.

One thing I particularly loved was this old steno pad with illustrated pages. Wasn’t it every girl’s dream to eventually become a stenographer? Because then you could wear all your low-cut roll-in-the-hay clothes to work!

Typical office attire, 1950

I coveted this old tin breadbox, but did not get it. Boo hoo.

It's the one with the bright red lid. I want it!

Other stuff you might find at a really “good” auction:

Glassware out the yin yang. Somebody loved Avon. And mushrooms.

A beautiful old Singer sewing machine. So pretty!

Seriously, if you're in the market for a tuba or some antlers ...

Some little farm kids are gonna love these.

Never know what you'll find on Furniture Row!

Just like families, every office is crazy in its own way.

Lots of guy stuff. Which attracts guys. Ooooh la la.

Piles and piles of sheet music, which someone carefully catalogued.

For the cowboy in everyone.

I bought a very old chalkware bunny that looks suspiciously like Bugs, and still had the original 1.00 price penciled in on the bottom. Very cute. Also bought a Cuisinart waffle maker for a dollar, a toaster and a woolen blanket that will be donated to a shelter, and lots of miscellaneous stuff that may end up at Goodwill at some point. Sometimes you have to buy lots of junk to get the one gem that caught your eye.

Forgot to take their photo, but if you are ever in the Cameron area, I highly recommend the Cameron House for lunch. Great food and good service. And yard sales nearby!

My Philly Steak sandwich. So darned good!

Kim's Reuben

Hope you all had fun weekends of your own. Did you? Tell all!

6 Responses to “Auction Fever”

  1. Kathy T says:

    I would have bought the sewing machine. Looks like lots of fun stuff.

  2. Patt says:

    Kathy, I thought about getting the sewing machine for Kate B. I think she likes those old ones, but I wasn’t sure of it’s condition. It was beautiful to look at, though.

  3. Rick says:

    I would have bought Kim’s Rueben. Looks like even MORE fun!

  4. Patt says:

    Rick, Kim says it’s one of the best Reubens she’s ever had. It looks wonderful, but the beef and prime rib are excellent, also. I always save half of mine for the drive back to Duluth.

  5. Dave Kirwan says:

    The office stuff reminds me of trying to liquidate all the things we had when we closed down my agency years ago. Crazy how some of the stuff that just vanished as soon as we set it out… and the OTHER stuff that was carted away only after we practically took up a collection to hire customers! In all my professional life, I never had quite the thrill of victory as I did the day we finally found a home for the last of our cubicle walls!

  6. Patt says:

    Dave, I do remember those cubicle walls! Remember how I knocked over the front desk in my attempt to be helpful? Oh, the fun.
    A good selling point for cubicle walls: “Easily tippable!”

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