So, on the weekend, I went to an antique auction!
It’s been YEARS since I sat in the sidelines, white knuckling my number as my favourite page came up in the roster.
I’m not sure if I adore the process or not, but I hung in there, because some things just needed to come home with me. If the price was right…
Well, I’m glad I stuck it out because I got some GREAT stuff for the Crafty Affaire Harvest Market I’m taking part in Sept 6th!
I love what I got so much I will not be upset if it doesn’t sell. I want it all for myself anyway.
And that really is a key point. Buy what YOU love, because you may end up with it.
Here, let me help get you in the right frame of mind…
So! If you have never been to an auction before, they are a trip! I highly recommend attending at least one, so you know the score.
Auctions are the best place to land things for lower cost. So they are especially great if you plan to resell.
But you pay the price by waiting… waiting and waiting some more for your desired treasures to rise to the top of the list.
How to survive an antique auction
Pros of an auction:
LOTS to choose from.
There’s so much stuff, you’ll miss a ton in the preview. So keep your eyes peeled when the sale begins!
It is exhilarating bidding on your item of love!
Cons of an auction:
You’ll be there for the entire day. It’s a LONG haul. So grab a good seat and your food / coffee before hand.
A seller’s fee is added to each item, so prepare for that.
You’ll be sitting through lots of stuff you have absolutely no interest in.
You’ll be enticed to buy lots of stuff you thought you had absolutely no interest in. BEWARE.
You’ll end up bidding on stuff you didn’t know was there, and you may not even like it once you see it up close. ( I only got one thing I didn’t like. I did good. )
The auctioneer is very fast. And you may raise your hand when you thought it was a different price. So be prepared to pay $5 more than what you think he just said… ahem.
Go at least an hour early so you can preview all the items. If you can’t make it auction day, you can generally go the day before and leave a silent bid. But if someone bids the same as you did, they get it by default because they were present.
Buy the list if the auction house sells one. You’ll want to circle all your loves during the preview so you know when to be alert during the bidding.
Bring some empty boxes. They generally don’t have many if any at all to spare.
Buy ONLY what you LOVE if you are a seller, because you may end up with it for good.
Set a top dollar beforehand, then stick to it. Be relentless here or you’ll rack up your credit card in no time.
Stay sharp. You’ll need to make some quick decisions. I’m still kicking myself I didn’t bid on that super cool dolly loaded with wheels I needed to haul this stuff around. But I didn’t see it beforehand. And they started bidding before the helpers pulled it out. The bidding was over mere seconds after it was in full view. DANG!!!!
Ok, let’s snoop to see what all came home with me…
Lots of antique books! (stack them with your vignettes)
Neat old grape crate.
Old shovel heads. (plant them in your flower beds)
Antique drills are from the flea market shopping trip HERE.
Some double rusty pulley thing. It’s fabulous and it works.
Antique red wheel.
Big rusty old serving spoon.
The detail on that vintage mirror! What a beauty.
Water jug I thought was an antique. Oops. But it sure is pretty!
Can you even believe the details on those antique sewing machine drawers?! (mount on the wall as small shelves)
Antique candy store jar. (display or store anything, nice wide mouth)
Antique styled clock (not old but it sure looks it!)
Clay pot with holes on the sides. (cool for succulents)
Rusty miter saw. (great base for something)
Antique apple press. This beautiful beast is heavy, but it’s cool! I may keep it as a table base.. not sure yet.
2 galvanized funnels. (lampshades!!)
Vintage canning jar lids. (industrial wreath)
Fab red antique books.
A seller’s life is very different than when you shop for yourself. It’s getting tough to walk in my just cleaned out workshop / garage again.
Ah well. It’s the price you pay for having the pick of the crop. I have to 100000% say I adore every single piece I’ve been purchasing and will be delighted to hang on to ANY of it should it not sell.
See anything you like? Any auction tips to share?