Last week during coffee conversation with a DF, I learned that there was going to be an auction sale where she was volunteered to be a “spotter”.  On Saturday,  I dragged another DF along with me to what I think of as “an old-time-country auction”. We arrived early  at the rural location to have a good look around. The organization was impressive. Household contents were displayed under a tent in the front yard. Other items were set out on two hay wagons and on the ground further away from the house, under a canopy of magnificent oak and shagbark hickory trees.

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The auction began promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the barn area. The auctioneer moved the sale along quickly and one had to be careful not to move one’s hand and inadvertently make a bid.                                                auction-17

 

I had never seen a cradle like this iron one. Its canopy was missing, but otherwise it was in good shape:

 

Old wooden crates, tins, and old windows were popular with the patrons:

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There was a van selling food and beverages:

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And, as my DF calls it, a “little blue house” for relief.

More than an opportunity to bid, and if lucky, acquire rare and beautiful items, an old time country auction is a social event. It is fun to meet old friends and make new acquaintances.

From old wooden boxes,

to antique china ware, I was pleased with my purchases.

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This pre-1891 china set belonged to the proprietor’s grandmother’s great-grandmother!

As a bonus, it was a “Goldilocks” spring day: not too hot, not too cold, and no rain!

My auction sale tips: Arrive early enough to  preview the sale. Set a spending limit for what you want to bid on, and stick to it. Dress comfortably. Most important, plan to have fun.

 

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