Monday, April 25, 2016

A Surprisingly Good Auction

I was not planning on attending any auction this weekend.  I planned to just relax and make final tweaks to my Capstone project for my MBA.  YOU GUYS... can you believe I graduate May 7th?  I can't believe a little less than three years ago I started this program.  Now, I'm graduating from the best MBA program in the state of Indiana! 

Anyways, about 40 minutes before the auction near my house was supposed to begin I woke up to a text from my mom asking if I was going.  I probably would've kept sleeping, but I took it as a sign that I was supposed to get up and go. 

I hadn't been too excited about this auction.  The pictures for it weren't awesome... but it was only 15 minutes from my house.  Anyways, somehow I arrived there just at the stroke of 10AM and I was rewarded with a front row parking spot to the onsite auction.  I should've taken that as sign number 2.

I got my number, while the auctioneers were trying to figure out a computer issue before they began.  I was looking around the tables of stuff in the front and thought that I would manage to take home a few decent things. 

Then an auction friend mentioned the backyard was full.  And guess what?  There were only about 20 people at this auction!  By the end there were only 5 of us left.  Sign number 3.

Needless to say... I ended up with a lot of treasures!

Here's my pile of treasures after I unloaded them out of my van.

If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen some of my favorite buys from the auction.

 This child's table and chairs went my niece and nephew.  I loved the little chairs.

 Not a full badminton set, oh well, but I will sell the racquets and the box will be nice to display them in.

 This never used cast iron pie iron was in the badminton box too.

 I got a few few awesome lamps.  They all work.

 Some lamps of the oil variety.

 I picked up some enamelware.

I can't resist an old radio.

Especially one that still works like the day it was brought home.  
I'll be keeping this one in the garage.

 Funny enough, I tend to sell a lot of vintage beer cans in the mantique portion of my booth.

 And served on a pretty tray.  Too bad it's got a rust spot.

 Odds and ends from a box lot.

 More odds and ends from a couple box lots.

 I love this canister set.  I'll be auctioning it off on Instagram this week.

 A few other box lot things.  
How about this awesome Roy Rogers thermos?  
I've got it up in my ebay store.

Another lamp!  Another box lot of stuff.

I also got these 2 pieces.
They each got a half quickie refinish.  Ran out of paint.
So, I'll share those once I get more paint.

OKAY, so I only got through half of my finds.  
I'll share the rest next time.

 I got these fun flamingo paper lanterns at Dollar Tree.
They take 2 AAA batteries to light them up.

Don't they look fun in The Beast?

A bunch of us bloggers have a treat for you this Friday.
Check back to see what we have in store!


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  1. You got some great stuff. I get so impatient at auctions - they never get around to the stuff I'm waiting for, so I rarely go.

  2. Yes, you did find a good auction! We had one just like it that I kept driving by to get my daughter from school and I had to work at the shop... it was killin' me! :) What state are you in?

  3. Looking forward to seeing the re-do's.

  4. HOLY CRAPOLA! what a haul. I hope the turkey plate is nick free...great stuff there..and the Roy Rogers Thermos...OH MY! really would have spent the same and probably needed another truck, Great job! Sandi

  5. Oh my gosh, congratulations on finalizing your MBA program!! What a HUGE accomplishment, Melissa. I can still remember finishing mine (after 7 1/2 looong years)....when I got the news I passed the comprehensive, it felt like I'd just been told I'd been cleared of some terminal illness (even though I have no inkling as to what that feels like, I just know it was a huge weight lifted). You were justly rewarded at this auction. Love your tricked out beast, too.

  6. Great stuff! How do you ever keep track of all the places you sell?! Congratulations on graduating with an MBA!

  7. You have to be the Empress of Luggage! So glad you made it to the auction and found where all the good stuff was. Congrats on your MBA! Quite an accomplishment.

  8. Those canisters were an awesome score! I have a set just like them that I found at an estate sale a while back. They were in the garage holding nails!

    Can't wait to see what you gals have in store for all of us on Friday!

  9. Great stuff! I love all the suitcases. I have the turkey platter too! So fun!

  10. You were definitely in the right place at the right time! What a load full of wonderful treasures. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

  11. what awesome stuff! i love stumbling into situations like that. I've never been to an auction, can you believe it? I don't know where those are around here...I love the canister set!!

  12. Melissa, What a great auction. That was some wonderful stuff. Sylvia D.

  13. I can't believe there were only 5 of you there. You really got a haul! I have never been to an auction. Sounds so fun! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. Congrats on your MBA, Melissa--what an amazing year you've had :) Great haul--loving all your lamps and radios. I love MCM radios like the two you picked up, but have yet to sell any :( Your paper lanterns are a fun addition to the Beast! Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm--love having you--

  15. The radios are awesome. And I always love vintage canisters and suitcases. Congratulations on finishing up your MBA!

  16. What great finds!

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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