September 26, 2011

My First Auction


I just attended my very first auction. I loved it, and got some great things to put in my booth!


The weekend before I left to see my Baby Boy in DC (We had so much fun, why do they have to grow up and move away!)
 I went with a friend to my first auction, I was so nervous! 



 Twice I did just like in the movies where I unintentionally placed a bid, one time I was fanning myself and the other time I was scratching my nose!  Thankfully the bid went higher and I didn't have to buy anything I didn't want!

Here's my haul......

...2 fabulous little stools waiting for "Makeover magic"


A whole box of vintage cobbler shoe forms.   I was the only one that bid on these, I guess know one knows what DIYers can do with these!


Old books to alter, a couple are French and I will use those in a decoupage project


A box of assorted jars and glassware, they sometimes sell by the box, so you end up with a little of this and a little of that


An assortment of vintage linen


I love this chippy old scale complete with weights


My favorite purchase of the day was this old rubber stamp printing set, circa 1940's.  I might sell it, but I am looking forward to playing with it first!


I love the excitement of an auction and learned so much.  It took me awhile to figure it all out.  When the bid is $10 and the auctioneer says "Do I hear $15"  I didn't have to go to $15 I could bid $11.  I bet that's auction 101!!!  


 And if you want something, don't wait, get in and bid or it will be gone before you can blink an eye!

This was my first auction and I am soooo hooked, I think this is the first of many!

Happy Creating!
Carol

39 comments:

laurie said...

I've only been to one but the prices went so high,, yikes!You really did well though, all of these arehard to find items,, should be easily remade and resold,, you just weave the magic that you weave so well,, (do I hear music), lol

Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

Carol...congrats on attending your first auction! You have some wonderful treasures for a first timer! I grew up going to auctions and am still going...it's an addiction!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Auctions are exciting!!! I'm glad you had a fun time at your first one AND that you got so many great things! Love the stamping set!!!

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

SCORE big time there Carol. Love that scale, and the stamping box. Glad you had a great time with your boy...boo hoo.that is going to be me someday saying the same thing. Unless of course I just freeze time now, I have super powers you know!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I love me an auction! And you did REALLY WELL!!!!

Denise said...

great haul, Carol...lucky you! I haven't been to an auction in a long time and I look forward to hitting a few up in the Fall. I'm sure you got the best stuff there...vintage linens (my love), that scale with just the right amount of chippy paint!, and the old stamp kit...so cool! Of course, if you're selling the last two items, I'd be interested in knowing your price before you raise them to your shop prices. Feel free to email me. denise

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh yeah...auctions are Way Fun!! You got some great thing...I LOVE the scale!

Ido said...

Oh Carol how exciting, love that scale and the stamp kit. I found bunches of old shoe forms the other day at a thrift store, they are just $.75 a piece, is that a good or a high price?, I only bought 2 and really don't know what to do with them, probably I could get my hands on the rest, I just didn't know what to do with them and didn't buy more.
Have a wonderful week.
XXX Ido

Betsy said...

Beginners luck for sure! You have some wonderful treasures here. I'd be nervouse too, afraid to move. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Love that printer's set; I use mine for price tags.

Ruby Jean said...

Oh how fun Aunt Carol....I could imagine getting hooked myself as I LOVE the bidding process...though I tend to go higher on something just for the sake of winning....Well at least that's what I sometimes finding myself doing on Ebay.... : ) I LOVE all your Winnings the Books are great and I like the one that says Bedelia, those shoe forms are great and I can't wait to see what you do with them...And that stamp collection how fun is that...But I think the Scale has to be my favorite of all..
Thank you so much for your great concern due to my computer problems...I did email you through you store the other day...I wasn't able to do it through the contact button.. It took me to a strange page...Not on your end on mine...Saying I had Welcome to Mail and then It wanted me to fill out all kinds of things...Still trying to figure that one out... : ) I did just last night figure out how to insert images and snip pictures off of the web.... : ) Just when I was ready to throw in the towel...You might have seen my MacBook in that auction had I not found out how to do that... : ) Well I am off to post.. Hugs to you and Lots of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Carol, glad you enjoyed your visit with your son. Time does seem to fly by! I've never been to an auction either but I think it sounds like fun. You came away with some things that I know you will turn into something fantastic. Will be watching to see what you do with them.-------Shannon

Tammy's Vintage Finds said...

You got some great stuff! Auctions are so much fun, except I hate it when it's something you really want and you get into a bidding war with someone.

camp and cottage living said...

OMG Carol, I can see why you had so much fun. You really got some amazing stuff there!
I've been to a few auctions and have never seen the unique purchases you made at yours.
Have fun figuring out what you'll do with it all!
Take care-Kimberly

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
Auctions can be very addicting! I'm going to one tomorrow night and haven't been for at least two weeks. I'm having auction withdrawl!
Seriously, you will find yourself wanting to go more and more.
I love the loot you picked up. Can't wait to see how you use some of it.

hugs
sissie

Suzann said...

Wow Carol you really got some fun stuff

Love the scale

Enjoy your day!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Gina said...

Oh my! I can only imagine what these will look like when you apply your magic to them Carol. Can't wait!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Carol, I am an old veteran at auctions.. having a shop for so many years it was a necessity. Take a look at Auctionzip.com and see if there are any on-line estate sales and auctions in your area. You got quite a haul and some really great things.
xo,
Sherry

SueBee said...

OMGoodness Carol! I'm afraid to start, I don't need another thing to get hooked on. But you did get some good stuff.
Sometimes I wish I had a boy because I love seeing boys love their Mommy's..

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Glad you had fun at your first auction. I've been going to auctions for years. They can be a lot of fun if you don't catch "auction fever" and bid like crazy. You got some great stuff, and exercised self control. Nicely done.

The Altered Bee said...

How fun! And you got some amazing buys!

Anita said...

My baby boy just turned 21...BOO HOOO! I was at auction twice this week and I have to blog about it or I am in big trouble...I love reading about other peoples adventures but am not good about sharing mine...You are so good to us...love seeing your treasures!

Kim said...

Now that you've experienced it Carol you won't be able to get enough! Auctions are addicting and so much fun. THe hardest part is the waiting. You definitely have to be patient. Your scored big time. Love all of those finds - especially the stamp set. Great job!
xoxo,
Kim

Debbie said...

Those cobbler's forms are my personal favorite. They have The Polka Dot Closet written all over them!

I haven't been to an auction since I was a little girl. My parents used to love them, and they let us come one time. (Once... that tells you how we probably behaved. LOL)

Rebecca said...

You scored big time Miss Carol! Oh my gosh! Love it all. I try and stay away from auctions because I ALWAYS over spend. :( :( :(

Nooo Noooo Nooooooooooooooooooo!

Loved seeing your finds (er...wins!)...

xoRebecca

Graceful Rose said...

Carol, I am so glad you had a good time at the auction. It does get in your blood I must warn you. My husband and I have run an auction for many years and I have a truckload of treasures that I will never have time to fix. I can't wait to see what you do with everything!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Carol, you scored some great booty from the auction! COongratulations, and I would love to go through all of those stacks of linens!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Oops! I meant *congratulations* *sorry*

Ana said...

Hi Carol,
I went to an auction once and it was just too stressful for me...Every time the item I wanted came up I'd stressed because other's were outbidding me...So hard not to show how desperately you want something...Hee, hee, hee. Anyway, sounds like your first auction was a success. You got a lot of awesome goodies.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

lynn said...

such great things, carol! auctions are my fav:)

Katie said...

Oh my goodness!!! I love everything!!! I have never been to an auction. I will have to figure out how to find one now ;) The old stamp kit looks like a lot of fun. Did I mention "So Jealous?" Wish I lived closer to you...XoXo

Vicki said...

Carol you got some great stuff! Would love to join you one time when you go.

HeartVintageDesign said...

Hi Carol, I'm wondering if the scale is available {crossing fingers} Kitty

June said...

Cripes Carol, you don't shop like a novice! This is great stuff!!! The scale is to die for!

Judy (Distressed, But Not Forsaken) said...

You got some really great stuff, Carol! I especially love the shoe forms and scale!

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, you absolutely scored the best finds!!! AMAZING!!!


XO
Cindy

Dina said...

Carol, these are great treasures! I just saw my first cobbler shoe forms yesterday. So I had to giggle when I saw your picture... :)
Those are awesome!
And I'm anxious to see the little stools in a new Carol-Look!
I bet they will turn out stunning.
And of course you can never ever have too many old books! I love how they smell :)

Love and have lots of fun with your gems!
Dina

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

How fun! great finds! my fav is that stamp set! so neat :)

Lina
Fancy Frugal Life

Nicole said...

It's a shame to cut those lovely old books up! But I'm sure you will make something beautiful out of them for sure!

Anonymous said...

I like your linen cabinet. Do you ever use ld mini lights instead of the large picture painting lights? they would fit flush to the ceiling of the cabinet and when you open the door you do not see the large lighting.