I had the best time last Saturday. It's been so long since I've been to an auction, maybe a year? It seems like the good ones are getting harder and harder to come by. I'll never forget the time I got a mannequin and the plaster was all cracked and had this great patina and the stand was silver with wooden appliques of bows and swags. And it was out in some kind of tin garage! Oh, just makes me so happy, never know what you'll find. When we moved into our house, after about a year, I finally had it acceptable in terms of decorating then kind of took a break. I'm ready to get back into decorating and fixing a few more things up like the back splash tile. And that means I'm ready to get back into the swing of hitting the auctions. We really do have great rural auctions all over Southwest Oklahoma.
At this particular auction I got three milk glass pieces, two lamps, and a set of etched glasses and plates. I missed a carved frame by eating lunch. I was also outbid on a pair of busts (the statue kind, not the "other" kind, ha!) from the 70s I think. I was thinking they might look cool painted black but I wasn't willing to spend a lot of money to find out about that experiment. Adam was there with me and he was handy for moral support ; ) and to carry stuff to the car. I sent him in the house to bid on one lamp and he came out with two. It's easy to get the auction fever in the heat of the moment!
After we were done at the auction we went to Weatherford to my favorite antique store. I don't think I've been there for nearly two years. How can that be? The owner has the best sense of style. She amazes me how she thinks to use old stuff. At the antique mall I got ribbons, paper Christmas place mats, a black clock, a box full of type card from the American Printer's Association, an old Chic-O-Line poultry feed sign, the most amazing metal postcard/card stand, some Oklahoma car license plates, a red, cream, and blue floral tablecloth, and an oval, carved gilded mirror. I also got a fabric subway art/street sign thing. It looks old but it's not - it just fabric and it was 42.00 dollars and not a couple hundred dollars had it been canvas.
This reminds me of the Jenni Bowlin Studio seal stamp that I love so much. I can't wait to put this sign over my mantle and decorate around it for fall. After doing a little online research, I found out this was from a grain mill in Chickasha, OK.
Did I make a haul or what? I hope to go again next weekend. Thanks for stopping by!