My first estate sale was a blast!
If you know me, you already know I have a fine appreciation for old things, vintage objects. We collect Depression Era glass, and are currently refinishing an antique oak ice box, which is keeping me pretty busy on the back porch.
But in our never ending search for the Jadite and Depression glass we love so much, we decided to try an estate sale Saturday night. It was, I believe, at the T.H. Auction house up on North Lafayette. It was hot and sweaty and not much air was circulating in the big old barn when we walked in. We sort of hesitantly walked around, checking things out and realizing right away they didn't have any of our glass. BUT they did have crystal bead necklaces, which got me very excited. i LOVE crystal beads. I've been picking up necklaces here and there for years....and I'm going to hate myself for admitting this to you, but I take them apart and use the beads for making other jewelry. It never ocurred to me that what I call "Old lady necklaces" might hold value and should not be taken apart.
Boy, did I learn otherwise when I foolishly posted a picture of my big find online. Everyone jumped all over me, telling me these necklaces can be quite valuable and begging me not to take it apart. Hmmm...
When we arrived at the auction, someone we passed by said to Dave, "So...you don't even say hello anymore?" Turned out to be a former co-worker and her friend, also a former co worker. Rita and Venus and I became quick friends...there's just something about being the new kids at an auction and meeting up with a couple of veterans that made our experience that much richer.
Of all things being auctioned Saturday night, I had my eye on a pretty crystal necklace, as I mentioned. But the auction went on and on, tables becoming more and more empty AND STILL they didn't bring up the necklace for bidding. So Dave and I decided to leave, reluctantly.
When we got to the car, he told me to go back and get the necklace, so I did. Rita and Venus were surprised to see me walk back in but welcomed me and helped me (they really did help me) bid successfully on what I wanted. AT one point I raised my own bid and confused the heck out of the auctioneer and me, too. But I got it, and didn't pay too much for it. That's when I spun around and told Rita, "I only have eight dollars and I bid 11!!" I don't know what I was thinking! But sweet Rita lent me three dollars so I could pay for my necklace. I thought it was so sweet that she had her money out and was counting it before I actually asked for the loan...LOL
Altogether we came home with several items we spent about 29 dollars on...much less than the price of a dinner out and twice the fun. After all, how often do you make new friends at dinner out? We will definitely be trying this adventure again AND I think I must have sweated off at least a couple of pounds of water weight! But next time, we need to remember to take a fan to fan ourselves, and eat something before we go, as the auction went on from 5:30 well past 8:30.
Happy treasure hunting!