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.


Katie said...

Girl you could totally recover that chair on the CHEAP. it is relatively easy to do (if you call prying out a million staples easy) and affordable if you could find fabric.

Great finds!!!

Abbie said...

I have an urn just like the two in the second pic!

megan @ a life's design said...

OMG! I am so excited and jealous!
Your finds are wonderful! I love and want your slipper chair! :)
I am taking note of the auction dates and going next time I come in town! thanks!

Coveiter said...

wonderful finds!!

{ julie }

Jennifer said...

megan -- we'll go together, just say the word!

megan @ a life's design said...

i can't wait!

Anonymous said...

I love everything! I might have to make a trip there from ATL-I mapped it any it's only 2 hours!
~Dina, ATL reader

Kristy said...

15 dollars?? Its worth the orange! You can steal my "slipcover" secret.. throw a sheet over it :)

Anonymous said...

You have to share teh details of the Pell City auction - when is the next one? I must make the trip!

No.35style said...

I LOVE that chair! I want a pair like those for each end of my dining table!

Anonymous said...

Sorry everyone... the chair's mine. =)

Carrie said...

I am a new reader of yourblog and must say that I LOVE IT! Love that so many people have similar taste! I wish I could afford all my wants:) SO at this auction can you look at all the items before you buy?

Jennifer said...

Dina -- it's definitely worth the drive, especially if you're looking for something specific.

The next auction is September 26, and they are on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month. Check it out:


To see the listing, click on "view full listing" on the top of the list, then you'll see a "view photo gallery" option if the listing is posted.

Happy auctioning, everyone, and be sure to say hello if you see me there -- I'll be the one with the camera :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Yes, I am looking for maser bedroom furniture (dark, rice/poster bed, armoire, and chest)-to fill my big white box of a master bedroom that we have saved for last! We are so there, much against hubby's will to drive out of ATL on a Friday afternoon-oh well!