I had planned to go to the booth first thing this morning to add some stuff, clean and straighten it some and then hit a sale or two and then head to the big sale at Williamston Antiques...Then I found an ad for an estate sale just a few miles away, and an auction a little further away.
At the estate sale I got...
Then Kevin and I went to an auction. I've been DYING to go to one for a lonnnng time. We used to go every week when the boys were little and it was cheap entertainment for us. We got some cheap treasures, and had a fun time.
I forgot how long auctions take! There was about 140-150 people there and it was at a hall that was PACKED with mostly junk. There were some good things mixed in, but mostly flea market junk. I went because the ad said "Fiesta collection". It was all post 86 Fiesta (made after 1986), and there wasn't much of it. After sitting there for 3 1/2 hours I finally asked one of the runners to ask the auctioneer if he would sell the Fiesta.
They did, and only the back up auctioneer was bidding against me-probably because they didn't want it to go so low. I got the pieces I wanted and flew out the door to the car. Kevin waited out there almost the entire time-he got bored inside, so he went out to read his book.
I think the prices were ok, but not fantastic. I got some harder to find pieces that will be good for the booth, so for that I am happy, but when I add up the cost of the gas, and the time I just sat there watching junk go for crazy high prices....I wonder if it was worth it after all.
I saw another couple from the antique mall where I have my booth. They really loaded up on one pattern of vintage china. I thought they paid way too much, but they seemed thrilled with their pieces. I can't imagine that they could make a profit at the prices they paid, because I've seen some of the pieces they bought in our mall and others for the same price.
I think I'll try a couple more auctions to make up my mind, but so far I think garage sales and estate sales are out-weighing auctions. I get a LOT more stuff in a lot less time, and I get better prices! This auctioneer wouldn't sell anything less than $3, and a lot of things he said "No interest? Then we'll move on" and the items didn't sell.
When we left, they still had about half again as much stuff to sell! I don't think I would ever sit for 8 hours at an auction-no matter how much I wanted the stuff!
Here is the Fiesta I got today...
A New Friend, A New Mend, & A Wooden Mystery
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