A Day at the Auction

Monday, February 17, 2014

It's no secret that we love being frugal! I have to stop and ask myself as I'm writing this "then why was last night your first time at an auction?"

Some of our best friends in the entire world asked us to join them at a local auction last night so we decided to go. We had a blast!!

There is a certain vibe about an auction that I've never experienced before. People walking around scribbling down notes and being secretive about which item has their eye. Tense emotions when someone tries to outbid them and dirty looks from spouses when they have emptied their wallets for an item they wouldn't normally purchase.. just because they were at an auction! I loved it!

I also loved how no one else seemed to want the items I secretly desired to posses. Like these bottles:

I love small vintage bottles. I have a growing collection.

To be honest the tiny glass mixing bowl is probably my favorite out of the bottles we won, my second favorite would have to be the round bottom flask (sitting next to the tiny bowl). 

Most of the bottles we came home with are over sixty years old, some of them are worth more than we paid for everything at the end of the auction. I can't explain my fascination with tiny vintage bottles however, after watching some people quickly bid on a touch tone phone (a plain one, nothing special about it) I don't feel so bad for collecting these bottles!!

There were so many things that I overlooked before the auction, for instance this set of Russian nesting dolls:

We love decorating with "worldly" items, and we have been looking for a complete set of these dolls. Most that we have found only have two or three of the dolls, we had yet to find one with the tiny doll. To my surprise I outbid everyone on these dolls and I still paid less than I would have for the dolls we found before (with only two or three in the set). Did you notice that the littlest doll is carrying a basket of eggs? Love it!

We will definitely be attending more auctions in the future! We left with most of our budgeted auction money still in our pockets and so many amazing treasures!

Have you ever been to an auction, what about an estate auction? Find anything good? Let me know in the comments section below and as always.. Thanks for reading! -The Winters

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