I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown

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Monday, June 9, 2008

fun at the auction

A couple of years back, my sweetie and I walked into a "junk store" of sorts, which also turned out to be an auction house. The owners, Eddie and Margaret, are just the sweetest couple one could ever meet. We stop in from time to time to check in on them and their latest stash..... I can always find a good cookbook or two, but we rarely go to the auction. This weekend, we purchased a couch and a recliner from them. We took the couch home on Friday but needed to return for the recliner on Saturday, auction day. Just for fun, we got a number and decided to only sit and watch. However, auction fever came over me when I spotted a box of chicken what-nots and sewing goods. I have never tried to bid on anything in my life,
however, when that box full of chickens was paraded in front of my eyes, my hand flew up! I got the first bid for $2! Someone behind me challenged me with $1. We went back and forth, with Sweetie, sweating and hanging on to his wallet, and then...... I won!!!! For the grand price of $11 I got to take home a wonderful box of chickens and a sewing basket!!
I have to say, it wasn't only the merchandise I was excited about, it was the fact that I won my first hand at bidding!! Oh, sweetie, let's go to the bank, Margaret told me there will be another auction next month!! As you can see, there are salt shakers, a beautiful plate, wood hangers and other things I could have lived without. But one day, when my dream of opening a shop comes true, I might be able to let go of them. {:
This little sewing basket was stuffed full of treasures. I will post pictures of the goodies inside in the following days. After the auction, Margaret pulled me aside and handed me an armload of extra sewing boxes and a bag full of sewing goods. " You can use this more than anyone else" she said with a smile, " please take it home". I felt rich!!



11 comments:

Katie said...

What a wonderful find and such nice people. I'll bet the person you were bidding against had a $10 limit that she wouldn't go over. It is good to have a limit but it often pays off to make it an odd number. I'll be anxious to see what else you got.

Pam said...

What fun!! I love auctions!
You got some great things....I love the roosters. And that sewing basket is a treasure.
Hugs,
Pam

papel1 said...

Wow what an auction. Can't wait to see whats in the sewing basket.
Judy

LindaSueBuhl said...

How very fun! We went to a livestock auction a couple of years ago - got too rich for our pocketbook really fast but it was fun. Lots of treasures.

LindaSueBuhl said...

Oh I forgot to tell you a week ago - we went to our local Gibson's store and over on one wall was embroidery floss - the brand you mentioned and some supplies. Even more encouraged to try something but it has to wait until I get my garden tamed again and help DH with renovations on the apartments we manage. So Hot and Windy Weatherford has a Gibson's store on Main st. with embroidery floss.

Beverly said...

Auctions are a blast...and you did really well. Love the chicken stuff....so cute!! You might become a hardcore bidder at this rate!

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

Oh Kathleen, I sure hope you realized that dream of your little shop. Your sweet spirit and talent SHOULD be shared! I can imagine you hosting an afternoon tea with a beginners embroidery class. What fun!

Aren't auctions fun? I always go with my mom & dad when we visit them. I have never bid ~ I just sit next to my dad and squeeze his arm and he lifts the paddle for me! LOL My one and only win was a box of 3 vintage bowls for $4. I use them almost every day and was so thrilled with my first win too!

Can't wait to see what is in those sewing boxes!

Smiles,
Lea

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow... I got so excited from you just telling the story- I can't imagine how it must have been to have been there in person!!
You walked away with some treasures for sure, Kathleen!!

Grammyof13 said...

Kathleen, I love your accounts of your excursions! And you have such an eye for treasures, I have to envy and admire you at the same time. I have chickens in my frot yard, (that my kids laugh at because I have been known to repaint their comb and beak!) Anyway the farm girl has to come out sometimes.

The sewing basket is precious. I do believe it resembles one my Mother had. Now I wonder where it went!

Doris

Queen of Dreamsz said...

I love fried green tomatoes!! And I love that little sewing basket :o)

Linda said...

I love your chickie things and what a precious sewing basket....I can hardly wait to see the goodies inside.

Auctions are so fun! I've been to a couple and for me, it was hard to know when to stop. For your first time you did great:). Hugs, Linda