Thrifty Trip Tuesday #2


What I’ve learned from attending auctions is this….

No matter if it is cars, estates, art, furniture, antiques, or horses sellers choose an auction for multiple reasons; however, a buyer is there for one thing (usually)… BARGAINS. 

I love getting a bargain period.  I also love that in an auction there are lots of items in one place.  The adrenaline that pushes into my body when an item comes up that I really want is like no other.

Sitting, waiting until the lowest price that the auctioneer calls, and then raising your paddle to bid, and then sitting with anticipation that you've won the item….  

….it’s a fun feeling!

Saturday was no different, I packed up my dinner in my cooler & traveled off to one of my favorite auctions.  It’s more of a hike for me, but always well worth the drive. I usually always walk away shaking my head at just how cheap items go especially furniture at this particular auction. 

Like this beautiful Glass Cabinet ($100)!

Normally the things that go through earlier in the auction will go for more money, but this wasn't the case for this auction.  I picked up 2 items right off the get go.


I saw this cute toy horse made out of carved wood as soon as I walked around previewing items.


I almost fell off my chair when I actually won the bid and not one single person bid against me.  If you are a regular reader, you will know I have a soft spot for horses.  You can read HERE when I was featured on How I Found My Style and my rocking horse find (and, the story that goes with it).

I also picked up this little stool.


And, this beautiful Hudson Valley artwork.  Look at the frame!  I just love it…



My next score is these step back leather top side tables…



…and this chair that doubles as a ladder.




Being that I have a garage & basement full of furniture (HELLO Home Depot…if you’d like to donate a shed to the cause), I wasn't really looking for any large furniture at the moment.  I let a few great pieces go through!

Restraint…I was practicing restraint. 

I sat on my hands for several items including these beauties…
went for $175
went for $75


went for $75

went for $30
I missed out on some great items like…







I waited until the end of the auction, trust me I was tired & ready to go.  But, there was one item I was dying for!  I finally went up & asked the lady if it was going to go through.  She said she would take it up.

This is the anticipation I was talking about…

Full on anticipation with adrenaline pumping through my entire body at 10:30 pm.  Luckily I had a drive home so no need to stop off for that cup of coffee!

Jacobs Bros. Co scale…
Detecto Scale Company was started in 1900 in New York City by three immigrant brothers (The Jacobs Brothers) in the butcher supply business


….in red and with a perfect patina

I was in love! 

Finally…there she was up for bidding…
….at the end of the night!

And, score…. Not one bid against me! WHAT!?!


I brought her home. Where she will reside forever!


She has made herself right at home...



Most of my items always get made over, cleaned up and refreshed for my booth to sell, but some things just were meant to be a resident at our home… Fern Avenue!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks trip!  

What was your favorite item?  And, why?

With much love, peace & happiness

~Lynn 
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