Reason #1227 Why I LOVE Auctions – Vintage Lockers

October 21, 2012 in Auction Adventures, Building and Repurposing

Auctions – you never know what you could find! Could be good… could be a FLOP. Today… today was good. Reaaaaaallll good.

Vintage Lockers Good! Be still my heart. I love these lockers. LOOOOVE them.

It was a chance encounter. They were hanging out under a tree while I casually browsed the rows of auction stuff. I wasn’t looking to find someone something… I was just stopping in to see what I might find. And then I laid eyes on them in all their shiny goodness.

Be cool Dana.

Keep yourself together.

Don’t look desperate.

But inside… inside I wanted to squeal, and dance, and throw my arms around them, shielding them from the eyes of everyone else.

So what did I do?  I stood RIGHT in front of them, “casually” playing on my phone. In reality – I was uploading photos of them to Facebook while my heart raced, counting down the minutes hours until they’d be up for bid.

When the auctioneer finally directed his attention (and the bids) my way… my heart was about to jump out of my chest. I stood RIGHT NEXT TO THEM. Hahaha Pretty much laying claim before I’d even bid. When the auctioneer started at $10 I laughed and said YEP!… and the number rose from there. I just kept shaking my head yes… daring someone to bid against me. THOSE LOCKERS WERE GOING TO BE MINE – one way or another. Don’t TEST me old man that wants to put them in his SHED!  I’ll come after you like a spider monkey!

When it was all said and done, they. were. MINE. Allllllll mine. I had about 5 people approach me, asking what I planned to do with them. On the outside, I was smiling and victorious… on the inside, I was shaking and still a nervous wreck. It’s a little scary how bad I wanted them. Ha!

I couldn’t wait to get them home and snap some pictures for you.


How GREAT would they look if I painted the stand in black or oil-rubbed-bronze. Those silver baskets would POP!

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good, tough paint? It’ll need to stand up to the metal-on-metal sliding with those baskets.

…and how amazing would they look on casters?!

Aaaaahhhhh I LOVE THEM!  I can’t wait to fill those baskets with all sorts of crafty DIY goodness. Only time will tell if I let them settle in permanently. For now, I’m head over heels.

So the next time you see a listing for an auction or spot a sign driving down the road – CHECK IT OUT!  I had no idea these lockers would be there and I’m SO glad I gave it a shot!

…and stay tuned to see how these lockers shape up!

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