|Hand Carved Rabbit|
|Hand Carved Rabbit|
One of my all time favorite things to do is go to auctions. My love first developed when I was in college and living
on a bare minimum. I had to find ways to make everything stretch. I bought dishes and glasses, linens and quilts, artwork and pottery all for pennies. Most of it I still have.
Auctions really speak about the people who live in the area. Each one is different. Each one is always filled
with amazing things. They might not be something you want to take home with you but they are definitely worthy of your consideration.
I have seen so many different things at auctions. Whole houses broken down and sold in a weekend. Owners and relatives gathered round watching as their lives are scattered in moments. I have to tell myself that these things have found a new home, a new life. That is not something to be sad about.
This is a place where deals are made and people get
carried away. You always hope that you will witness a
minor feud over something. One person always leaves with the spoils. You can spot the different people pretty quickly.
The young couple looking for a few things to make their home theirs. They want a story to tell their friends. The dealers - the women who collect glass or dolls, the
sisters or friends that run a very profitable shop, the older men who look at the tools, the clocks, the way a piece of furniture is made then swoop in and buy.
These people are great resources. They can help you with the lay of the land. They often know whose belongings are up for sale, who is interested in what. I try to get there early, look everything over, get a good seat, talk to as many people as possible. You can figure out who and what
is going on pretty quickly.
The food at these auctions is usually pretty good. I usually eat before and have dessert there. The desserts
are usually homemade and delicious. Exclaim when you eat them. Let people know you enjoy the whole experience. Make some new friends. Even if it is for just a night. If you keep going you will run into a lot of the same people.
Some auction advice -
Decide what you what to buy, how much you are willing to pay and stick with it.
Do not go with any preconceived ideas about what you are looking for or want.
Yes, you can think I need a dresser, or a chest or maybe a table. Think vague.
Don't let what you think you want get in the way of the possibilities.
Sometimes auctions will be selling someone's collections
or a antique shop, or a household. It is ever changing.
The last auction I went to was selling a dealer's collection and shop of primitive antiques. The face jugs and hand carved rabbit were just a few of the things there. The prices were high. He was a well known collector and he had great taste. He bought authentic things and had been
in the business long enough to have a reputation.
I was fortunate enough to buy two of those face jugs. (the three sided blue jug on the bottom left and the large
brown and round face jug next to it)I also bought two beautiful paintings by an Atlanta artist I was familiar with and a Texas artist I was not. I had no expectations when I walked in.
The hand carved rabbit and several other hand carved pieces went for several hundred dollars. The clocks were sort of sad. They went below prices I had seen years ago. I bemoaned this with one of the gentlemen there. He told me he thought it was because there are no longer that many people who can fix clocks. The young people do not want clocks anymore. They all use their phones. True, I thought. It is an ever changing world. I hope you will get out and experience an auction or two. Let me know what you think.