Auction Saturday

There was an auction on Saturday.  Actually there were several auctions in our area.  Hubby had his sights on going to one of them but he had to work…so, he sent me.  I’ll be honest.  I am not caught up on all the things I wish I had done.  Not even close.  But, being the loving wife I am, I decided I would go for him.

It was the biggest, wildest auction I have EVER-EVER been to.  The auctioneers that held the auction are known for their speed but this day, they set speed records….and the people, there were MANY.  Typically around here if an auction puts out 250 bidding numbers, that’s really good…this one had well over 400.  There were two auction rings for the first 4 1/2 hours of the auction.  I don’t know what happened after that as I went home.  I was pooped.


Auction ring one….

Auction ring two….


Sadly there were a lot of things that I wish I could have been able to bid on but I was either at one ring or the other when things sold.  It would have been great if Hubby could have watched one ring and me the other.

I was a little frustrated.  I went with the intention to buy cheap and resell the items.  When they got to the hay rack that had the things I wanted, they went in to power overdrive and sold even faster.  For a person who re-sells like we are doing, I had to calculate the price I thought I could sell it for, subtract the profit margin and figure out what I should pay for it.  They were lumping three and four boxes of things together.  I had it calculated before things were to sell but then when they lumped boxes together it was almost overwhelming and I go to auctions regularly and completely understand the auctioning process!!  It was CRAZY!!  In hindsight, there are several things I wish I had bought…but oh well.  That’s the nature of the game.

There was SO MUCH STUFF at this auction….I am not stretching at all when I say I think there were nine vacuum cleaners, 6 power washers, 10 space heaters..there were multiples of multiples of multiples.

Anyway…I came home with enough stuff to fill the Suburban.  I spent $94 total.  Here’s a peek.  

That trunk I wasn’t dying to buy but they couldn’t get bidders.  I got it for $7.50.

Lots of odds and ends here…mostly tool boxes.


This I think is my find of the day.  Hubby is going to refinish the top.  It shouldn’t take much work at all.  It is SUPER heavy and sturdy.


The vintage farmhouse look is in and I think this would go well with it….The metal mixed with the wood is the thing I guess.  So once it’s finished, what price would you suggest we try to sell it for?  I am so bad at pricing.  Any suggestions you have sure would be appreciated.

Hubby came at the end of the auction.  He helped me load up.  I was mentally tired after the whole auction.  Too much stuff…too many people and the auctioneers were WAY to FAST.  That should have been a two day auction.  But I did get a few finds.

7 thoughts on “Auction Saturday”

  1. I would tell myself that it was a good learning experience and that you found out how some auctions go. Did you have a little fun hearing and seeing the quick pace of things? I am guessing this was not a “farm auction” where the had to sell out. It is odd but still when I hear the word auction, I immediately am drawn back to the farm crisis era, where so many farmers lost their farms, heartbreaking losses.
    I am excited to see what you guys do with your finds and how you get them ready for resale. Also, the next auction might not be so stressful!

  2. I’ve been to such auctions and it can get crazy but it looks like you were able to get some good stuff and at great prices. I think that bench will sell fast, its super cute.

  3. I think you are doing good just to get anything purchased. I don’t think I would be able to make the out the prices – the auctioneer’s talk so fast. Give me a good old estate sale!

  4. Wow, sounds like a crazy day but you came home with some great finds.The mid century modern hair pin table in my area would sell for $150+ after refinish. In demand because a classic piece that can go with many styles. Looking forward to the after photo.

  5. Looking forward to seeing what you and hubby do with your finds! Looks like you were able to snag some good stuff.

    I just saw your Rectangle Wrangle on Bonnie’s slideshow this morning on her blog. What a lovely quilt! There were certainly some lovely quilts there in Iowa!

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