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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Show and Tell - February Auction

I love Auctions!
The research weekly in our little free newspaper, the excitement as I see one in the area that, after a quick skim, looks promising, and finally knowing that one of my weekend days is now planned after reading the complete bill.

All week long I talk about it, reread the auction bill and check out any pictures if it happens to

be with an auctioneer that has "modernized" and has a web site. I worry about how I will get home any treasures too big for my car and think about who I can borrow a truck from. Then on the morning of the event I organize my bags, grab some tools, incase I need to take anything apart, get some small bills for the possibility that I might be able to buy a treasure out of someone's "box" they didn't want and add in a book just incase there are long pauses for selling guns or coins that I just am not into. And off I go.

I always leave time to peruse the selection before the actual auction starts since these are no refined Sothebys events.

These are country estate auctions. Often boxes are loaded with anything from bottle of cleaning solutions, to rusty old huge chains, to drill presses.( what ever those are).

This was no exception. The crowd was huge. Most are just there for the entertainment. Not much to do in our rural part of Wisconsin on a long winter weekend. The only downfall for winter auctions are prices are usually higher. Everyone is waiting for Spring and haven't been to an auction all winter. Never the less I was able to scoop up a few goodies.

The amazing oil painting of the pansies will stay with me. I have wanted one for ever. However the rest will be for sale at my shop this April at my first open house of the season. Especially check out the painting of the lady and the dog. This is a watercolor from the 1930's. Beautiful isn't it?



Susan said...

LOVE the pansies...I am a pansy freak...but I go to auction every it! You never know!But our prices are LOW...seriously depressed...but fun buying!
Susan *dutchrose*

Patricia said...

Love the pansies painting, really gorgeous. The water color remind me of Little Orphan Annie (I'm sorry). Love auctions. It's been way to long since I've been.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

gail said...

Hi Kath, I would definately be keeping that oil painting as well. just so pretty. I also love the water color of the lady with the dog. I havent been to an auction for years, but when I was a little girl, my dad owned one and those were some fun days!
Hugs, gail

Carrie Gonzalez said...

Hi Kath,
Great finds! I love the bottles and old books. I found a neat vintage book the other day for a few dollars and it turned out to be from 1855. I am keeping it! Have a great week.

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Kath,

Looks like you found many treasures at the auction! I love the old bottles. They have so much character in them!

Have a great week ahead!

Pei Li

Tedi said...

Hey Kath., I can see why you love them so much. I myself and don't tell anyone, but I have never been. Yes, I know. I'm waiting for the stars and moon to align just right. Thanks for sharing what it will be like. Pink Hugs, Tedi

Carolee Crafts said...

Kath congratulations on your finds, it makes the worry all that worthwhile. Thank you for sharing

Cottage Flair said...

The pansy picture is absolutely beautiful. I love vintage floral pictures in beautiful frames. Pretty ones are so hard to find. Sounds like you were prepared and had fun.

Craft Diva said...

pansies are soooo pretty. i don't blame you for wanting to keep them. they have such a great color combo.

i love auctions and fleas too. glad to hear you made out well.


Rose Petals & Blooms said...

Oh be still my heart.. I'm in love with pansies, I would faint if this was mine! Lucky girl! I need an auction fix!

Thanks for letting me visit!


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Those old soda pop bottles are great! Who would have thought all those years ago that a simple bottle would be worth saving and treasuring!!!

Shabby Shan said...

Hi Kath,
It sounds like you had alot of fun. I love to go to auctions, although I haven't been to one in a long time. Thanks for sharing!


Michelle (Shell) May said...

Kath I'm with you. I'd be keeping the oil painting of the pansies! How beautiful. Looks like you had a blast. I've never been to an auction. Sounds like fun.
Have a great week my friend.
bunny hugs,

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

I have never been to an auction. Sounds like fun! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Susie said...

Hi Kath! What treasures you found.I, too, ooohed and aahed over the pansies. I can never pass up a pansy. Great finds.
Susie of The Polka Dot Rose

Susie said...

Hi Kath! What treasures you found.I, too, ooohed and aahed over the pansies. I can never pass up a pansy. Great finds.
Susie of The Polka Dot Rose

Debbie said...

Hi Kath....I'm so sorry about Velvet...she was a beautiful kitty! I love that pansy picture you found at the auction. :)

Pink hugs,

The White Bench said...

I absolutely LOVE your pansies oil painting. Superb!

gail said...

Hi Kath,,, thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope its beginning to thaw out there for you and that spring will be there soon. I am blowing warm air you way. LOL
Hugs, gail

Eileen said...

I love going to auctions too, although it's getting tough to find good prices anymore! I'm glad you had a fun time and got some wonderful treasures!

ann at greenoak said...

the lady painting is pretty the fur collar and the hat.... thanks for sharing....ann

Paige Thomas King said...

I can't go to auctions--they make me nervous. I'm always afraid I'll get caught up in some sort of competitive frenzy and spend more than I should.
Now flea marketing . . . that's another story altogether