I had so much fun yesterday. There was an Estate Sale Auction, in town. I love auctions, and the carnival like atmosphere that’s part of the experience. This certain auctioneer is fascinating, in the way a snake is fascinating. She’s short, wears a wig that would do Dolly Parton proud, bright western shirt, tight jeans, long red nails that, although she said she just had them done, looked more like Lee press on than anything else, and cowboy boots. I love how every time she would pick up a piece of pottery/china, she would say, OH this looks like shawnee… a few times it might have been. Most of the time it was something I had looked at earlier and it wasn’t.
A flour sifter came up for auction, it was in gorgeous shape with beautiful graphics on it. She picks it up and says, "Ok, what’s this?" I said, "A flour sifter"… she didn’t appreciate my humor, because she says, "OH I KNOW it’s a flour sifter, I meant, is there a brand on here." She also has the habit of saying that she thinks something is ugly, and she’s trying to be joking, but doesn’t quite make it when she says, "come get your crap off my table" after a winning bid.
Let’s just say, she’s never seen the inside of a charm school.
There were 3 rings of auctions going at the same time. Another thing that I always enjoy is when the auctioneer, and it usually is an older gentleman, with an older lady helping, always has to exclaim that this particular piece of crap, um, I mean collectible, is VERY rare! "Boy, you never see these anymore!" or, "People, do you know how rare and collectible this is?" "You’re basically stealing it!"
That’s part of the atmosphere that makes an auction enjoyable. I always wonder if anyone believes the hype. Yesterday, some did. lol
The night before the auction I was in Albertsons, picking up a few things. The gentleman who was in line in front of me was buying flowers and wine. I remarked that the flowers were beautiful. He smiled and told me, he was a man with a plan. I asked if they were for anything special. He said, no, that was part of his plan, they were for, "just because."
I told him he’d better be careful or he was gonna get in trouble. lol "Nope," he said, "I gave the kids 10 bucks to go to the movies and tonight it’s flowers and wine, just because."
I told him, he was a smart man. lol
He left and the cashier says to me, "I know how HE wants the evening to end." I said, "Yep, me to, lucky woman." She looked at me like I was joking, but seeing I wasn’t, gave me a look that said I was crazy. I meant it. I thought it was a wonderful, romantic thing for him to do.
Next morning, when I was getting my number for the auction, who do I see, but the same gentleman. He smiles and waves, giving me the huge thumbs up. I laughed and went over to tell him, congrats and I was glad the night went so well. He says, "It went so well I got to come to the auction today!" LOL
He and his friend kept me laughing most of the day, and made the auction fun.
I got some great deals. Too bad I don’t appreciate carnival glass, avocado, or gold fenton. That stuff was going really cheap, and it shouldn’t have. I missed out on a few really great buys, but it’s hard to watch when you’re bidding in one area and it comes up in another.
I had a great day, lots of laughter and fun, pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, and some good buys.
What more could you ask? BIG HUGS, Steph