Don't Be Jealous!
Anyway, last Friday, the grandparents were gracious enough to watch our 3 crazy boys and Alex and I went to an auction. We knew it was going to be good by the few rusty pickups in the parking lot, the over sized 1970's marquee and guys milling around knocking on cast iron pots. Why was I encouraged by any of that?! Well, here is the thing - auctions are only good if there is nobody else that wants what I want. I could care less about cast iron pots, and most of those men in rusty pickups want tools and weird gas and oil company memorabilia. A perfect pairing - me and those motorcycle loving men...at auctions anyway...
So the night started outside with tailgate auctions - NO JOKE. People literally drive their pickups up, dump everything on tables and the whole lot is auctioned off. It is fantastic! I bought two lots outdoors, one for $3, the other for $1. Check back tomorrow for my auction strategies for getting the best buys :) For now, try to keep your chin off the ground while I show you what my 4 bucks bought!
First off, that 3 bucks bought half a table - HALF A TABLE! Some of the stuff I left behind free for anyone who wanted it (it was really that bad....1980's plates that had non-salvageable shape, etc.), and a few of the items will be sold on ebay, but here are some of my favorites...
|This vintage camera folds down and I don't think anyone knew what it was...score!|
There were a bunch of random things that were small and mostly hidden that I wanted on this table. That compact above is really heavy and nicely made, I needed a shoe horn (below) and the scissors and pocketknives in our house are always getting lost, so anytime I see a pair for next to nothing - I snap them up!
Then we went indoors where we shared a $1.75 meal of homemade chicken and dumplings and a little plastic baggie of homemade peanut brittle. (It cost $1 and we are still munching on it a week later...:) We bought a few items, but not much...just one lot for $1.00. It included these beautiful cut glass vases and some art supplies that I wanted.
I justify my glassware purchases by giving flowers away - friends, you will have many floral gifts coming soon in the next few months :)
One of the most interesting parts of the evening was when they started dragging out the pallets of food. It was pretty incredible the amount of stuff they were auctioning off...we thought they would let it go for whatever price (just like the non-food items), but there were reserve prices...ah well... We did end up buying about $20 worth of food, most was about 60% off retail. I think the best food buy was a bun ch of full-size DiJiornos for $1.75 each. Of course, they were all sausage and onion, so I won't be eating them, but the boys like them, so all in all a good deal.
Now this was the post that should make you want to go to an auction...tomorrow's post will be the one that teaches you HOW to get great deals and not be an auction sucker. If you missed PART 1 on how to bid at an auction, CLICK HERE to brush up before tomorrow!