February 21, 2010

A morning spent at the auction ... and I'm in trouble, again

Going to auction on a quiet Sunday morning, sun is shining and The Man agreed to join me ... sounds like the makings for a perfect day, right? I'm in desperate need of replenishing my costume jewelry stash to continue making the Prairie Gypsy belt buckles ... I had my budget to stick to and well, to be honest since he was going to be with me, there was going to be no way of fibbing about how much I actually spent ... darn it.
So ... I did real good and passed up on a lot of goodies ... I was eyeing up those satin chairs and the rusty trike, but as I was editing pictures for the post I noticed the carvings on the wood chair in front of them ... very cool heads with flowing hair carved right up on top.
If only I had a special spot to put this "thingy" above, it would have definitely come home with me .. does anyone know what this is? ... you can barely see each shelf is numbered and it had some funky industrial type of wheels on it.
Chandeliers covered the ceilings and box lots overflowed off the tables ... Believe me when I say this is just the tip of the iceberg ... this auction is loaded floor to ceiling with gorgeous antiques and unusual one of a kind items.

Like a stuffed bear head ... there was also a matching rug for in front of the fireplace.

I even stumbled upon some friends I hadn't seen since a party at my house on the 4th of July ... Hmmm ... is that what they mean by "fair weathered friends?" ... just kiddin' guys ... it was great running into you ... see you next July 4th!!
Here's where the trouble begins ... can you see it in my eyes? I can't be blamed ... Like I said, I only came looking for jewelry and when I realized I didn't feel like waiting around another 2 hours for one small box of rhinestones, I went to check out and surrender my bidding number ... I spent a whopping total of $12.92 on a medicine cabinet. The man appears behind me and says hey what are you doing, they are getting close to those two pieces we could use for the kitchen. {We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel at home ~ more on that later} ... the cashier asks me if she should "reopen" my ticket and HE said "Yes". back to the auction floor ...

Why am I always the one to get the blame? I asked him three times "how much do you want to pay? Where do you want me to stop" ... here's his response "I don't know ... what would you pay for them?" ... me, "They will probably sell for $100 to $200 each" ... him, no reply ... and the bidding starts ... if you have ever been to an auction you know the bidding goes like lightening speed fast ... I had to jump in and I did ... Needless to say the price went far past my estimate ... but they became ours and they will be perfect for the new kitchen!!

Oh, but wait finally he says something ... "What the *#@! did you do? Why did you keep going? ... you said they would only be $100 each!" ... on and on and on ... can you see where I'm going with this? I told you ... I WAS ALL READY TO LEAVE THE PREMISES!!
I know I'm laughing and this picture is obviously staged, but I kid you not when I say he was actually squeezing pretty darn tight at one point. Do you see the resemblance in The Man's face to that gruff bear's head a few pics back?

Now, to figure out how we he was going to pay for and transport these babies home.


Yup ... this is how we drove 25 miles home up 295 ... the tailgate down and one piece tied to the roof with clothes line.
"The Gypsy Wagon" always gets the job done ... and well as far as being done ... I'll let you know what we finish first ... our kitchen or our marriage.

p.s. In case you were wondering ... no, I didn't come home with any jewels ... but there are two more auctions to go to tomorrow morning ... and no, he'll be left at home.


  1. Wow, what awesome finds...Funny how my two BFF's "find" eachother and nobody calls me....hmmmph! I see how it is...tee hee. Looks like you guys had a blast!

  2. Great post and comical! It seems that's the way it usually is when we go on excursions like this.
    Glad you came out of that one alright! Very cute.


  3. I 've spent a good time following your adventures!I love your blog!

  4. What great pieces! That sounds like an auction I'd love to go to. Love your photos!


  5. Jill, so funny, thanks for taking us on your auction excursion. And for the inside look at your "fun"!
    I'm going to email you later, but I did a post
    on your rosette that I purchased from you. The first week of March is my Birthday week and I'd like to do a give away with 2 of your darling stamped rosettes as the 2 items for the giveaway. Let me know what you think, if that would be workable for you. I know everyone loves them.

  6. Love the pieces you bought, but believe me I understand...men, just say what you mean don't think we can read minds! I mean we KNOW they can't read ours!

  7. Oh, it looks like another wonderful day. I love what you got even if it was hard getting it home. I am laughing about he'll be staying home..hehehe...

  8. Great post... I leave my hubby home when I go shopping. they just don't need to know everything... Glad you got your cabinets.

  9. haha -- that's a good post! I won't press you on how much you paid, but I will tell you that I really love the pieces. They are fabulous! I use to have an old van that I used for the very same purpose. Everyone was always astounded by what I was able to drag home. Now I drive a Honda Civic, which limits me terribly! Looks like a very fun and successful morning!

  10. FABuLOUS post, Jill!! LOL, yep, it's best to leave them home!!!

    Can't wait to see your kitchen when you're done!! As to that thingy with the numbers, did you ever find out what it is? Reminds of what they use in bakeries to roll in the bread and DONUTS, LOL


  11. What a fun way to spend the day, I love going to auctions!!! What great things you got... Love all the pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  12. OOOh love the Cabinets! Looks like it was a fun outing!!


  13. It's a well known fact that shopping with your husband is like hunting with the game warden. ;-)

    Great finds, and Mr. Gypsy's growl looks worse than his bite!


  14. Lol, you were brave taking your man to an auction! I remember how much fun auctions were, I haven't been for years but it was always a mother daughter thing and we always had to try our best to sneak the boxes of treasures through the house when we got back! Good luck on your jewellery hunt!
    Becky :-)

  15. This is my first visit to your blog and I smiled and even chuckled outloud while reading your post and looking at your photos!

    Sometimes my Mr. B goes with me on my treasure hunts...my budget drastically increases when he comes along...I'll spot something...he looks me in the eye...and smiles...he knows me soo well!

    Thank you for making my Monday morning so much more enjoyable!


  16. Too funny. That is why I go to sales by myself. Also I can then fib about the actual prices. Good luck on the kitchen re-do.

  17. Great story and love how you told it!! Beautiful pieces though and I'm sure they'll look perfect in your new kitchen!

  18. Oh Jill,
    I think our husbands must be related in some way. This happens to us every time we go out antiquing. But how lucky that you scored with the great kitchen pieces. I can't wait to see them in your kitchen.
    Have a great day.

  19. Jill ~ Great Post! I need to make up some kind of an award for that one. I had the same thing happen to me at a Charity Auction about a month ago. I was working at it and trying to raise some of the "slower" itemsprices by bidding on them. Needless to say, I ended up with 3 vacation homes this Summer. My "Man" was there as well ~ Thank God there was no camera.

  20. OMG! I'm giggling my ass off after this post!! They are great pieces for your home though......

  21. WHAT Fun!!! And such great treasures :)

  22. hehehe....sorry but I can't help but laugh...great story and cabinets!!!


  23. It will eventually be a happy "whoops". :)

    I have linked to your site today on my blog post. I hope that you will stop by.

    Sincerest adoration,

  24. Very cute story! Reminds me of an auction a hundred years ago when we bought a Hoosier for our kitchen...Can't wait to see the makeover!
    :) Laura

  25. Love that story and love the furniture. Auctions are so much fun but you sure can get taken away if your anything like me... I hate to loose..LOL regardless they are beautiful and will look wonderful I am sure. I am new to blogging and wanted to say hello, I am planning a big surprise give away so if you get the time please stop by my blog and join in on the fun. Have a great night.


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