My very earliest auction memories revolve around my maternal grandparents. I remember something about box lots of dishes, but those memories are a little fuzzy. Much more clear are memories of auctions I attended with my Granddaddy. Cattle auctions. (Some smells you just can’t forget — no matter how hard you try!) Actually, I loved my time with him as we both guessed the weight of a calf before it walked across the scale. Which of us would be closer to its actual weight? (Did I really “win” sometimes … or did he just let his little pal think she did?) I really didn’t understand much about auctions back then, but I knew that the man Granddaddy called the auctioneer talked reeeaaaaalllly fast — and I knew I was supposed to keep my hand down!
It wasn’t until many years later, in my late 20s (as I told you HERE), that Renaissance Man introduced me to the wonderful excitement of antique auctions. I’ve been hooked ever since. And to bring things full circle … one of the very last times I saw my Granddaddy before he died, we went to a cattle auction. So many years had passed, but there was something both fun and heartwarming about sitting next to him and talking in auction lingo while listening to the “cattle rattle” of the auctioneer…
Early auctions with my own once-young daughters usually included bidding on furniture. Sadly, my girls never caught the “auction bug” — but it’s not because I didn’t try — and I do have proof that I tried!
This is one of my furniture pieces BEFORE I owned it. These pics were taken at the auction preview where I examined it, and measured it … and hoped to win it! It’s a piece out of a Pennsylvania estate. (Sorry … these pics are pre- good camera and blog days! Some of you know exactly what I mean!)
Here it is AFTER I won it at auction (yea!) and moved it into my shop where it worked hard — year-round — and was a wonderful piece for displaying vintage linens.
The piece still works hard today, but my shop is now online — My Place to Yours at Etsy — and the furniture is in my dining room…
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… holding part of my personal linen collection.
Have YOU ever been to an auction? If so, what did you think? Was it fun … nerve-racking? Did you win anything? What’s your favorite auction memory? Leave a comment and tell me!
I hope you’ll stop back by later this week. Tablescape Thursday is a How To: Auctions tutorial<
with lots of pointers … lots of pics … and lots of “auction finds” tablescapes! See you then!
Today, I’m linking to Metamorphosis Mondayat Between Naps on the Porch.