Sunday, December 3, 2006

Busy Weekend

We were constantly on the move yesterday. G-Dog and I worked in the yard, raking mowing (and meeting the neighbors) for a good part of the day. Then we loaded up some furniture we don't want anymore and delivered it to a friend who was willing to take it off our hands. From there we went to preview an auction and then to the Greenlife grocery store. Our first free weekend in months isn't turning out to be relaxing, but we are getting a lot done.

We previewed the auction because we're hoping to finally pick up a dining room table (we've been without one since before our first move, and eating meals with a plate on my lap is getting mighty old, lemme tell you). We found a pretty cool antique dining room set, so we'll head back over today to take a stab at bidding. I'm really looking forward to it. I went to a lot of auctions when I was a kid, as my mother furnished the rather large home I grew up in, but it's been a while since I've been to a real-life auction. The deals aren't there like they used to be -- I remember my mother getting a very pretty end table for $10, and when she later turned it over to load it into the car, she saw the name [some great furniture maker who's name won't come to me at the moment] printed on the underside and just about had a stroke -- since the sellers do their research now, whereas back in the day they didn't always know what they were letting go. But it ought to be fun, even if we don't come home with a table. Wish me luck! I'll post an update later...

3 comments:

Dianne said...

I've never been to an auction, but I love antique stores! You just never know what you are going to find lurking about. Hope you found something great! :)

alice said...

Oh, you gotta give it a try. It's so much fun and if they're are a lot of dealers there, there's a good chance you're getting a bargain, because you're buying it before the antique store's markup!



The trick is to find a good auction. The one I attended was a regualar one (1st Sunday of every month) and the guy who runs it gets a lot of his stock from Europe. Things were going for wildly variable prices -- in some cases I couldn't believe how cheaply things were going and at other times I was shocked at how much people were willing to pay (maybe that reflects my lack of recent experience), but I definitely felt like there were some good deals to be had...

fletch said...

Glad the auction went well. I was down that way today and was walking up to the door at Greenlife and our Senator-elect was going in at the same time. I said,"Congratulations" and he said "I'll try to make you proud" and put his hand on my back and followed me in. I told him,"Please don't do that because I don't know where that hand has been". Ok, I didn't say that last thing but the other is true. Anyhoo, this has nothing to do with your post but I don't have a blog and when you meet a Senator-elect at the grocery store you gotta tell somebody, even if he is from the dark side.