Do you remember my auction adventure last year?
I scored some amazing deals… including a $3 grain sack! I might never see dressers go for $1 again. I think it was the 98 degree heat and blazing sun that kept the bidders away… and gave me an opportunity to find things like vintage wooden pool balls, a quirky old blue tackle box, tons of chairs and a cool stand that now doubles as a nightstand.
This past Sunday I decided to throw on my red baseball cap and hit up another auction. Gorgeous 68 degree day… why not?! At least this time I wouldn’t be singed by the sun!
Do you use InstaGram? If not, Oh you SO should! It’s a fun form of social media that people (like myself) are totally hooked on.
If you follow @craftedniche on InstaGram, then you’ve seen these photos (but didn’t get the full story). …and I wanted to share them with those of you that may not have hopped on the Insta-Wagon yet…
Do you see the sheer hope, excitement and anticipation in my eyes? (Okay, okay… there’s a dash of ridiculousness in there too… but that part was on purpose!)
I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
Auctions aren’t just for men.
There… I said it. I’m telling you – they’re F-U-N! I think my favorite things to dig through are the old, dusty boxes and crates out of the basements and garages. No telling what you’ll find in them!
I got my bidding number (#138! Woop!) and took a quick swoop around the flat-bed trailers to see what was up for grabs.
It was tough – they had TWO auctioneers going at once.
With only one Dana…..
…that meant a lot of back and forth!
In my first swoop – check out what I spotted!
Why yes… that would be a stack of grain sacks! SEVEN grain sacks to be exact! Hip hip hooooray! Making a mental note of the trailer they were sitting on, I headed on down to bid against “the boys”.
It cracks me up to watch the looks on the faces of the old men when I show up and start bidding against them on tools and “junk”.
I’m telling you… forget the tables of doilies and dishcloths… this girl is headed for the gears, metal and junk.
Case in point – this awesome wire milk crate I scored!
…and then these three aqua blue ball jars that somehow ended up on the tool trailer rather than over in the “girly stuff”. Good thing for me!
Sure, they’re dusty… but I can take care of that!
As the day carried on, I bid on quite a few things… but I didn’t win most of it. Definitely an active group of bidders there today. Bah.
I saw the COOLEST old bench that would have been such a fun coffee table. Sigh… I’m cheap though and refused to bid higher than $35 for it.
Same goes for one of those old paper cutters you’d see in a general store. It sold for $15. Maybe next time…
But I did add a few more things to my pile!
Check out those grain sacks! Booooyah! I also snagged that adorable SINGER oil can, the small white dish and the black cast iron piece. Those three small items were thrown together in a lot.
Ok – listen up! It’s “Learn from Dana’s Mistakes” Time.
When they’re lumping together tons of items to get the people bidding – PAY. ATTENTION.
I watched one of the auction guys grab a box I had my eye on… It was full of some great old rulers,t-squares, protractors and such… and happened to have a hatchet in it also.
Long story short…. I thought I was bidding on the entire box. Turns out I bought JUST the hatchet. Ugh. At least it was only $2. Guess someone’s getting a hatchet from me for Christmas! ha!
…but about 5 minutes later I redeemed myself. I snagged a GREAT red tool tray that was full of randomness. As I walked away with my red tool tray and hatchet, a little old man stopped me, asking if I wanted to sell the metal file in my tool tray. Heck yes! (oh wait… look tough Dana…)
Dana: Maybe… how much?
Man: Hmmm… <plays in dirt with toe of his boot> a dollar?
Dana: <smiling nicely> how about $2?
Bam! Sold! We’ll just call my hatchet free.
All in all – it was a great day! I came home and cleaned up several of the items and have listed a few in my Etsy Store.
Keep an eye out for an update on those grain sacks! I’m debating – should I wash them? Or will that ruin them?
Hope you guys had a fun and productive weekend! And thank you to the amazing new followers of Crafted Niche. I’m so happy you’re here!
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