Saturday was a whirlwind for me. It had been a bit since I was up at the antique booth and brought in new goods. We had a couple good days with good sales leaving a few blanks spaces. We didn’t sell a HUGE bunch of stuff but the stuff that did sell took up a lot of space.
So my plan was…go to Decorah. Stop at an auction. Go to Harmony. Come back to Decorah and get the groceries and do the Wal-Mart run.
I was up early and sewed…then off to stop at the auction. I really had no intention of staying at the auction. The goodies they had shown in the pictures really weren’t anything I was interested in but, auctioneers can get late additions to the sale or what I think is valuable isn’t valuable to them.
Well I got to the auction and “HOLY POTTERY”!!!!
It was never ending!!
The tables were filled and under the tables were filled.
Ah…I spy little lamb planters. I would definitely bid on these.
I haven’t really bought pottery like that before so I had no idea how that would sell. I didn’t know what it was worth…Oh I hate that. I get to an auction and suddenly feel dumb about what I’m bidding on but at the same time think it’s something that would sell. We’ve been told that it’s a good idea to display several like things together in the booth so that it catches the eye of people who collect it. Well…there were enough lambs. Hmm.
Well I continued looking around. Costume jewelry…again something I know nothing about.
Um…Button jars. They would sell.
Salt and pepper shakers. One would think I had enough but if they sold cheap, I would consider them.
I loved these boats. Would they sell? They would make a nice display in the summer. Hmm.
…and then there was more. More of everything. Again notice the loaded tables and under the tables.
Oh…I spy this…Pyrex casserole bowl. I’d buy that.
Sleds, yes please. They sell. I loved the step back cabinet next to it too.
…and then there was stuff in the back. These please.
This is a turn table. I wonder if Karl wants one? or does it work?
I ended up calling Hubby to tell him I was staying at the auction.
Pat, a fellow auction goer, was there and we chatted. I looked at my phone and realized it was time to start. I looked at the crowd. No one was there. Seriously…maybe 25 people.
I took a seat up front and before I knew it I was bidding….bidding a lot. Flats of buttons went for $12. Salt and pepper shakers…$8 a flat.
Then they started selling the planters. I hadn’t really-really looked at them before the auction. I didn’t know anything about pottery and planter. NOTHING. I only knew the lamb ones were cute. Next thing I knew, boxes were selling for anything from $1 to the highest $10. Oh my word. Some were McCoy, Haeger, Shawnee…others not labeled but cute. AHHH. What do I do?
The couple I did scope out that I wanted before the auction I got for $10 each. Once I bid I kept bidding….bird planter-$3 for the box, geese and duck planter-$6 for the box. I bid and bid. At one point I called Hubby and said come and rescue me.
About then the auctioneer had done choice many times. Then they split up everything they had left onto two tables and were going to bid choice of tables. No one bid. There were no antiquers there. Oh my. I bid $1 sure someone else would bid more. There were about 7 boxes on each table. No one else bid. No one. The auctioneer said, “You want both tables, right?” I shook my head yes.
Then I started to wonder how I was going to explain this all to Hubby. HOLY POTTERY!!! I have about 35 boxes of pottery. I spent 91.50 on pottery/planters/cookie jars. Will I be able to sell it all? No. But I’m thinking I should be able to turn a good profit on it.
For the most part, three or so other people bought the pottery. One of those buyers was the person who brought it in for sale. They were sick that it was selling so cheap. It really was sad.
As the sale went on I started hauling stuff out. I missed a couple things but got other things I had spied.
One guy came up and offered to buy one piece out of one of the pottery boxes. He was almost rude about it. He kept telling me how bad he wanted this one piece. I said they weren’t for sale. Finally he said, “What are you going to do with it?” I told him we have the booth. He said “How much will you mark this at?” I was trying to haul, trying to consolidate boxes, trying to pay attention to what was still selling…I finally said, “For $12 you can have it”.
He gave me $12 and took it. He badgered me later so I started hauling more quickly and missed a couple other things I wanted.
Hubby showed up. We loaded and he stayed a bit.
I went to Harmony with the stuff I had previously priced. Then back to Wal-Mart and to the grocery store. It was after 5:30pm by the time I got home.
Then I had to put ALL OF THAT STUFF AWAY!! It was about 25 trips up and down the steps to the basement. AHHH.. I was so pooped. My knees don’t work the way they used to. I have been up at 5:15am so I could get some sewing time.
From there I made supper…priced three flats of stuff…and actually sat in the chair watching an hour of television before I sank into bed. It was a LONG-LONG day.
Well…I am set now for “filler” items for the booth.
In the meantime….flat full of elephant planters anyone???
Oh my goodness, they are so stinking cute!!
What a day! What an auction!!