There was an online auction a bit ago. Sadly the auction house is about 50 minutes from my house so I don’t take the time to drive over and preview the sale. I just bid and hope for the best whenever I find something I think I might like.
Hoping is what I did when I bought my spool cabinet. If you missed that story, you can read about it HERE.
I just love my old cabinet even though it is very used and worn. Here’s one more picture of it…
This time at the auction there were old quilts, quilt tops, old picture frames, and sewing notions. There were so many things I was interested in. I was tempted to drive over and preview the items…but it would be an hour there, an hour back, and time to look. It might take up three hours of my day and I had stuff to do. So… I decided to again bit without previewing the auction.
I put in early bids in hoping I might be able to snag a few things super cheap…
The auctions typically are live for about a week. Initially, I had the bids on over a dozen lots with vintage quilts only going for $5 and $10 each. I had a tote of picture framers for $5. It was great and I was busy counting my chickens before they were hatched. I was thinking of all of these great deals I might get.
As the week wore on, the bids increased. I started to try to negotiate in my head…would I rather have vintage quilts or would I rather have sewing notions. Would I rather have sewing notions or picture frames?
Slowly the quilts came to be more and more expensive so only my favorite ones kept my attention and my bidding. They weren’t expensive in the world of buying quilts but they were expensive to me who would likely only be putting them on the auction page and auctioning them off to all of you.
They had a lot of small vintage sewing baskets. I bid on them but let them go. The lot I really, really, really wanted was a box of vintage sewing notions. There was a blue tomato pincushion…there were two dog tape measures. They looked like a stuffed animal dog but a tape measure came out of its mouth. They were so cute. Kelli has one and I wanted one. UGH. The bidding kept going up and up. I reasoned with myself and would count out the items. 13 vintage items…if they were only $3 each I could reasonably bid $39 for the lot…right?
On and on it went until the day of the day the auction ended. By the final day, I only have five lots that I was really serious about bidding on. Sadly, things were crazy here and I only got to the computer when the auction was 1/2 finished.
What happens is they tick down and people are allowed to bid online and continue bidding as long as no other bids come in after 25 seconds or so.
I was sad. The box with the sewing notions had already closed out and I missed bidding. By then I was frustrated that I didn’t just put in a high bid rather than play the bidding game. UGH. Well now that my favorite thing was gone I decided I just wouldn’t bid anymore and hopefully, I wouldn’t get anything so then I wouldn’t have to make the hour trek over to pick anything up.
Well…my luck, no one upped my bid on a lot of picture frames so I had to drive over and pick them up. BLAH!! This is the lot of picture frames I got. Oh my. I love them.
They are all old and in good condition. I think I’m just going to love them for cross-stitch frames.
I ended up happy. I only paid $7 for the lot of frames.
I love the details on these little frames. So pretty.
I went to pick up my picture frames and was sad all over. I saw some of the quilts that were waiting to be picked up. I had bid on some of these and missed out. You just never know looking at pictures if the colors are nice or if they are in good shape.
Be still my heart. The pink and blue one was WONDERFUL!! Darn, I wish I would have kept bidding. But now that I have the picture, maybe I could reproduce it. This might be a great quilt to present as a stash user quilt. Don’t you just love how that polka-dot fabric landed in the little nine-patch? I love it.
After I got home I quickly went to the auction site to see if I could get pictures of the quilts and have them to possibly reproduce them.
I was able to get the pictures…Here they are.
This was the sewing basket with the blue tomato pincushion.
Here are the pictures of the quilts…
This one, I loved. I think the colors are fabulous. Simple but nice.
You can see that the pictures they took really didn’t do anything to help the sales of the quilts. I really do want to reproduce this one. Let’s do it in a Sew with Jo!
I was able to snag a picture of the sewing baskets. I didn’t bid more on them as I didn’t know where I would put them. Now, of course, I figured out where I would put them and now it’s too late to buy them. Bummer.
Here are the two tape measures. Darn. I wish I had bought those too. Oh well. Lesson learned. Even if it does eat up three hours of time, GO TO THE AUCTION PREVIEW!!!
Is anybody game to reproduce that quilt with me? I think you’d need 1 1/2″ strips to make the nine patches in the quilt. I won’t be making it tomorrow or even start this year, but I think I’m going to make it happen!!
Would you have bid on any of the items??