A post from Kelli–
A few weekends ago, mom twisted my arm and MADE me (okay maybe I really, really wanted to) run down to an auction by Fredericksburg, about 15 miles or so from Mom’s house.
When we got there, they had sold the majority of the offerings outside, but were just moving inside to sell what they had inside. We found dad and he had bought a few smaller things, but not too many. He had looked around at the things inside and decided that there wasn’t much he was interested in. When I was looking around, I found this table that I loved.
It was a square table whithout the leaves, but when you put the leaves in it, it would have been huge! It also came with 6 chairs that would have needed some reupholstery, but that’s not too hard. When I looked at it a bit closer, I saw that it had a little crack off of one of the seams from where the leaves would be put in. Dad said that it probably wouldn’t have been too hard of a fix. When I looked at it a bit closer, I saw that the edges had a bit of wear around the edges and I loved that part of it too! I was concerned that I wouldn’t have a way to get it home and said something to Dad about it and this was his response–“Well I know a guy with a truck that lives on the East side of the river in Waucoma that could probably help you out.” It took me a minute to realize that he was talking about himself. I knew I’d be bidding on this, but it wasn’t going to be up for a bit, so I kept looking around.
They had lots of boxes with sewing materials, thread, needles, and books in them. The also had a few sewing baskets and things too. Mom and I spent quite a bit of time poking around to see what we could find and trying to remember which things were in which box and what the boxes we wanted looked like.
Here was another pretty that I found–Check that cupboard out! It really wanted to come home with me, but I knew it would go for quite a bit of money and I don’t really have the space for it, but if I did have space and money, that guy from east of the river in Waucoma would have needed to bring his truck back!
One thing I like about auctions is that you never quite know what you’ll find. One of my favorite memories of spending time at my Grandpa Johnson’s was laying on feather tics and watching movies–And I found one! But again, I don’t have anywhere to store or keep it. But it was a memory remembered and that’s always nice!
I found and bought these feather pillows. I haven’t used them yet because I don’t know quite how to clean them. They look to be in good condition and are quite fluffy which is great. Let me know if you know anything about cleaning feather pillows–I’d love some advice.
I also picked these up for my sister-in-law (Jason’s youngest sister) who is getting married in August and is looking for some lace doilies for her head table. I also found a stackable washer/dryer set that I called Jason about. When milking, they use rags that they have to wash after each milking. They keep a stackable washer/dryer in the barn to do so, but never reallly want to pay full price for one, so everyone always keeps their eye out to buy one for cheap if they find one. It was going to sell after we were planning to leave, so I put a bid in, but didn’t get a call, so I didn’t get it, but I did my farm wifely duty and tried!
This auction was a bit on the odd side. Things that would normally go for cheap when for a lot and things that usually would be expensive went really cheap. The table that I was looking at had the chairs sold separately which was a bit odd and then just the table alone sold for $275. While the table would surely have been worth that, usually tables separate from chairs would end up going for $100 or so max, but not at this auction. It also seemed like they took quite a while to get a bid on things….even if the bid was a dollar or two.
My favorite thing that I got though was this picture–
Mom doesn’t take pictures very often, but I took this one half teasing, but part for real too….And I’m so glad that I did!
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Hi Kelli, please don’t machine wash your pillows as it removes the natural oils from the feathers. If you are interested, there is a guy who goes to different places with his trailer to clean pillows….sounds funny I know, but it is fantastic because your pillows will be like brand new, sanitized with a brand new cover. I know that he will be at the Methodist church in Cresco this fall, and that might be as close as he comes south, not sure. I can find out the dates. It takes perhaps an hour. He was in Kasson at the beginning of May and I was the contact/worker for the event, so I have some experience! http://carlsonpillow.com/ is Mike’s website. You can email me if you want a little more information
Years ago I took some feather pillows to the dry cleaners. It was cheap back then and they were like new pillows! Try checking your local cleaners!
Cute pic of your mom Kelli! Thanks for sharing about the auction!
In regard to pillow cleaning, my mother had hers cleaned by a mobile pillow cleaning service. One is mentioned above. Also, for another, see this link http://kraftpillowservice.com/find-pillow-cleaner.html I see they are in Decorah in July.
This might be the wrong thing to do, but I’ve cleaned a down comforter in the bathtub (cold water, gentle soap). I rinsed really good, then let it air dry. It worked okay, and I avoided the chemicals that you’d get from the dry cleaners.