Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Day 444's loot
On Friday night, I headed about 40 minutes out of town to an antique auction with my mom. She's been to the twice-a-month event a couple of times, and has yet to leave empty-handed. This should have been my clue to stay far, far away, but she wanted the company, and this is actually my idea of Friday night fun, so off we went.
I have distinct and fond memories of going to country estate auctions as a child, and I can trace my love for all things old from both of my parents. I remember loving walking around exploring old homes and farms with the jabber of the auctioneer in the background.
If it weren't for the auction, downtown Pell City, Alabama would definitely be much quieter at 7pm, but on this Friday, people came from around the area to check out the loot. There were armories, dining chairs and tables, chests, dressers, cabinets, and sideboards galore. As well as about twenty olive oil jugs, several lamps, mirrors, paintings, all kinds of silver and ceramic pieces -- basically everything you'd find at an antique store.
At first, the atmosphere was a little stressful. Bidding live is much different than bidding on e-bay! But I eventually got the hang of it -- and had some fun!
I really loved this 1850's chest, but it was bit tall for our dining room. I think it went for $150. My grandparents, who came with us, bought a gorgeous walnut dining table from the 1920's with six chairs and a huge sideboard for $395. I could not believe my ears!
I've had my eye on these olive oil jugs for several months, and at $35, I couldn't pass one up! Here it is in our living room in all of its crusty glory.
I've also loved these huge dough troughs for a while. I can't wait to fill mine with moss and candles for Christmas!
How could I not pass up this adorable tufted slipper chair?! I don't really have a place for her (or the money or energy to have her orange tweed replaced), but at $15, I couldn't say no (AND I was the only bidder!). For now, she'll live in my sisters' living room.
And speaking of chairs, they're coming back from the upholsterer today (again), so cross your fingers!
If you're local, find out more about the auction here.