I Love Auctions

boudoir lamps

Yesterday, Paul and I went to a very fun auction and had an incredible time. The auction was the estate of an elderly lady who passed away and the contents of her home were being sold by her heirs. She had been a collector for a very long time of many of the very things I so love…stained glass, old paintings, Roseville pottery, walnut marble topped furniture, perfume bottles, beaded handbags and the list goes on and on. The prices were very reasonable and while we didn’t win everything we wanted, we certainly won enough to really enjoy the experience.

If you’ve never been to an auction, here’s some pointers that we learned along the way and found to be very helpful:

  • Arrive early (usually at least an hour) so you can preview the items for sale, make notes about the ones you are interested it, make sure they are not damaged, sign in, and get a good seat
  • Take your own chair as one may not be provided
  • Take outdoor wear and an umbrella since the auction may be held outside
  • Take your driver’s license as you will need it to check in
  • Take multiple forms of payment since different auctioneers use different types of payment
  • Take cash for the food vendor if you plan to stay all day
  • If you hate using a port-a-potty don’t drink a lot

Once we came home, we had a lot of fun styling our purchases in our house. I think the results are beautiful. Here is a photo intensive display of our results.

The first few are of a matching pair of lamps made from handmade Austrian crystal. We put them in our bedroom and they made such a gorgeous addition. I don’t know what it was but I swear they reminded me of Gone with the Wind. I have photos of them lit and unlit and then a close up of one. Sorry about the blurry mirror but it was reflecting things I didn’t want in the photo (like a basket of dirty laundry) so I had to blur it out.

boudoir lamps

boudoir lamps off

boudoir lamp close up

We also got two beautiful art nouveau jewelry caskets.

art nouveau jewelry caskets

The next photos show the white wicker bed tray and cobalt blue goblets we purchased.

wicker bed tray

blue cobalt glasses

We also got a nice deal on some pillows and I thought the blue one looked pretty on the chair Paul painted recently.

pillow

We purchased a beautiful Sessions clock that keeps time and chimes beautifully.

sessions clock

And lastly, we bought a beautiful Tulip Slag Glass Lamp. It is so gorgeous and I love the metal work between the glass panels.

tulip lamp

tulip lamp close up

slag glass tulip lamp

Unfortunately, we are not keeping the things we purchased and we took them to our booth today. We will also be listing them on Etsy soon and they will be visible on our Etsy mini at that time on the side of our page. As promised here our the shots of our booth as it is right now. It’s still not as full as we’d like, but it’s getting there.

booth 4

 

booth 2

booth 1

booth 3

Thanks for visiting,

Cathy

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