When we came back we chose a seat in the second row of church pews. I was feeling really nervous. Would I have stage fright during bidding? Would the bookcase be in my budget? Erica seemed a little nervous but had a look of determination on her face. These people had no idea who they were dealing with.
Erica jumped right in and bought a lot of some vintage goodness within the first 10 minutes or so. To tell you the truth we both bought so much stuff I can't remember what exactly her first purchase was. There were a bunch of books I was interested in and I ended up with this gem. A sweet Victorian book from 1889. The cover is gorgeous.
Off topic, but I have to share our Dad's stuffed owl that resides in my home during the summer months and terrifies kids during the school year. I think he is where the owl obsession started.
About an hour and a half into the auction it was time for the bookcase. It started at $1200. No bids. He kept going down and down and then basically said he couldn't go any lower. It was $100 above my agreed budget. I was shaking. I looked at Erica. She gave me the look. Ooops! I am now the proud owner of a beautiful 6 piece lawyers bookcase. I'm in love. I immediately called my husband and said sorry and that I had bought my birthday present. Once I got it home and in place he wasn't so mad. Here it is.
So, about 4.5 hours in there was still a bunch of stuff that Erica and I had been waiting for that hadn't been brought up yet. Mike told the few of us that were left to bring up anything that was left that we wanted to bid on. Seriously they were giving stuff away. There were probably 10 people left in the place and Erica cleaned house. I showed that I was an auction virgin because I wanted this piece of artwork so bad I didn't wait for him to drop the price like he had been all day. I think I may have been starved and delirious. Or maybe in love with my new creepy piece of art to haunt my husband with.
I love these clocks. They have a Scandinavian feel which goes great in my kitchen. Neither one works, but I know someone who I think can get one of them functioning. Plus, who turns down a clock with deer, birds, and mushrooms?
I have failed to mention that Mike and Jason, the owners of the auction and estate company were the nicest guys I've met in a long time. Jason would come up with really creative ways to use items while they were being auctioned off and share with the audience. Mike the auctioneer was a real goofy guy. When I came back for my bookcase they loaded it up for me and were so excited to chat. Erica ran into them at the flea market this morning and they were asking how my bookcase worked out. I love buying stuff from people that are so friendly and love what they do.
It was a long day, 5 hours total, but was one of the most fun things I think Erica and I have done in a long time. I would say we are hooked. I can't wait to come back down for a visit and do it all again. Erica bought at least twice as much stuff as me. You guys are gonna love it.
I'm visiting my favorite party, Thriftasaurus. See you there!