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February 20, 2011

Off To Auction

Filed under: Farm,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 8:18 PM

Since this is not yardsale time of year and with only the same small thrift stores to visit,
when the chance came to go to an auction I was enthusiastic about a different venue.

The ad promised a packed variety from two households filling the “Opera House.” 
 That turned out to be a fancy name for the backroom at a small town tavern.

The auctioneer is a popular local favorite and the audience was filled with his regulars.
   To you they may not  looked threatening or unwelcoming

but if you got amongst them and were someone they did not recognize,
 you knew you were being checked out.

Can you feel their eyes upon you?


Trust me.  I did not feel comfortable enough to take any actual photos.

I am not afraid of farmers or bikers or senior citizens but senior farmers wearing biker gear (that is NOT an exaggeration)     put me slightly out of my comfort zone.

my impression

They were not outwardly unfriendly unless you bid against them.

It was a friendly rivalry amongst each other but for a newcomer to covet an item?
Have you seen the competition on storage wars?

There were a few items I would have bid on that no one else was the least interested in but when the auctioneer said can I get a buck,  just to keep things moving, before I could blink an eye or lift a hand, it was SOLD to one of two bidders in the front row with bidder numbers of single digits.

I was a little concerned after the auctioneer had sold a few 22 caliber rifles and handed them out to the crowd.  He had an afterthought.   “I didn’t check to see if those guns were loaded.”

He had some vintage collectible coins nicely preserved and enclosed in plastic.    

It was fun to watch the bidding on those.

Then he “remembered” that he also had some “large cents” to auction off.
The auctioneer dug around in his pocket.

 I guess they were not uncirculated.

I stayed a couple hours just for the curiosity factor but never even got to bid on a single item.  There is another auction next weekend. I may try again.

Before then I have to dig out my Harley wear or my bib overalls.

After leaving the Opera House I did stop at a local thrift.  I’ll fill you in on my found treasure next time.      Oh – and on the way to the fireworks show we passed a moving sale sign. 
Of course we stopped.

Yes, too cold for garage and yard sales but you can have a fireworks show in temperatures below freezing and get a huge crowd.

for more Flea Market and Thrifty finds and tales please visit:

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  and for tales of  woe, misfortune, sadness, general BLUES:     Midweek Blues



  1. Oh! I remember being the new comer at the auctions….wouldn’t wish it on anyone. And those people up front bidding on things for a dollar? Shills… and totally illegal.

    Stumpy and me

    Comment by Stumpy and Cyndi — February 20, 2011 @ 8:25 PM

    • OOOh, girl. “Shills!” Your carny side is coming out. I am sure it was legit and just a way to move things along.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 21, 2011 @ 6:40 AM

  2. i think it’s a pretty good undertaking to just sit and observe; perk up your courage!
    you’ll star next time, girl!

    Comment by woolf — February 20, 2011 @ 11:25 PM

    • Thanks. The people did not intimidate me as much as their deep pockets.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 21, 2011 @ 6:41 AM

  3. Joining and engaging with auctions is a fun experience!

    Comment by Anxiety — February 20, 2011 @ 11:36 PM

  4. Sounds like you had an… interesting… time. Better luck next week:@)

    Comment by Happier Than A Pig in Mud — February 21, 2011 @ 5:13 AM

    • This time of year I do not mind sitting there for a few hours. If it was yard sale season I would not have had the patience.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 21, 2011 @ 6:43 AM

  5. Your description of the auction was perfect. LOL! I think you will be ready to move to bidding next week!! =)

    Comment by tanna — February 21, 2011 @ 5:32 AM

    • This was a learning and getting acclimated experience. I laughed at some of the junk that they paid big bucks for.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 21, 2011 @ 6:42 AM

  6. What a great story! I have only been to one auction, but that was with my husband, who was buying stuff for work. I could never tell how the auctioneer keeps track of little nods and flicks of the tongue depressor signs. You are brave to want to go back, lol!

    Comment by Kathy Matthews — February 21, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

    • Every auctioneer is different. Some are easier to understand than others. It takes a while to get into the rhythm.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 21, 2011 @ 9:46 AM

  7. This was such a fun post to read! Sorry you weren’t able to buy anything though!

    Comment by Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking — February 21, 2011 @ 12:27 PM

  8. Love this post because it reminds me of the first auction to which I went! It’s always good to just watch for a while.. then stand at the back so no one pays attention to you.. or picture them all without their tidy whities.. You know the old speech trick. But it most assuredly a “gang” that hangs out together. It took us weeks to worm our way into it. but the bargains were well worth it! Good luck. I loved reading this.. thanks for dropping by too!

    Comment by marlis — February 21, 2011 @ 12:49 PM

  9. GREAT descriptions! I could totally feel how it felt from your writing…yikes!

    Comment by latenightcoffee — February 21, 2011 @ 6:23 PM

  10. This is a hysterical post! Love the pictures – I do hope they were from some public domain site and not really people you met at the auction. That would be too scary.

    I love even more the description of your attempt at bidding, or outbidding the regulars. LOL. Stay with the thrift shops I reckon.

    I wish I could visit the ones you listed. I love thrift shops, fleamarkets, garage sales and junk stores to bits. Though I’m not allowed to buy anymore stuff at my advanced age because, who knows where they’ll end up after I’m gone? At a thrift shop? Gah.

    Comment by georgia little pea — February 21, 2011 @ 6:32 PM

  11. Hi Dogsmom! I love your description of the auction. Your writing style is entertaining. And I am impressed that you ventured to an auction. Someday I might be as brave as you. I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks for commenting on Something Created Everyday. I enjoy your comments.

    Comment by Lynda — February 21, 2011 @ 7:26 PM

  12. Oh, definitely an interesting time. Hopefully, the fireworks made up for it.

    Comment by Krystyn — February 21, 2011 @ 8:56 PM

  13. Yipes. Intimidating, to say the least. I do own overalls, but…no. Not willing to brave that crowd!

    Comment by Anitra Cameron — February 21, 2011 @ 9:03 PM

  14. I’ve never gone to an auction, but have been invited to go with a regular attendee. She should make me feel more comfortable, if your experience is any indication of the atmosphere! Maybe it depends on the locale?! It should be an experience! ~ Sue

    Comment by Sue — February 22, 2011 @ 5:16 AM

  15. I’ve never gone to an auction, but have been invited to go with a a pal who is regular attendee in her area. She should make me feel more comfortable, if your experience is any indication of the atmosphere! Maybe it depends on the locale? It should be an experience- whether good or bad! ~ Sue

    Comment by Sue — February 22, 2011 @ 5:17 AM

  16. I’ve not been able to attend an auction, but I’ve really enjoyed local yard sales and I’m looking forward for the “spring” yard sales!
    Hope you are able to bid on some things at the next auction,

    Rudy’s Raiser

    Comment by Rudy, The Dog With a Bog — February 22, 2011 @ 4:38 PM

    • Well it did keep me within budget. I much prefer yardsales and flea markets.

      Comment by dogsmom — February 22, 2011 @ 5:34 PM

  17. Well, it did sound like an interesting adventure! I would have gone as well!

    Comment by Diann @ The Thrifty Groove — February 22, 2011 @ 5:42 PM

  18. Yippee I love auctions and thrift stores. I have to stay away as I am seriously running out of space.

    Comment by rebecca @ tdc shoots — February 22, 2011 @ 6:34 PM

  19. this post cracks me up…i’m grinning like crazy here.
    i’ve never been to an auction before nor seen a senior farmer with bike gear. the image is hilarious! LOL

    visiting from Midweek Blues

    Comment by Luna Miranda — February 22, 2011 @ 9:15 PM

  20. O what an entertaining post! Don’t think I could handle being checked out at an auction! Not really my scene! But enjoyed seeeing this world through your eyes!

    Comment by Gemma@Greyscale — February 23, 2011 @ 1:28 AM

  21. I enjoyed reading this. I’m not sure how I would have handled this situation. I think you were very brave. :))

    Comment by EG Wow, Canada — February 23, 2011 @ 6:42 AM

  22. Auctions are fun. I skipped my high school classes one afternoon to attend a farm auction. All we had to do was tell our Ag teacher and he wrote us an excuse.
    I came from MidWeek Blues. Happy MidWeek Blues :):

    Comment by Jim — February 23, 2011 @ 11:10 AM

  23. Maybe it was the “Opera House” because that’s where they go to watch soap operas. I really enjoyed your trip to the auction.

    Comment by Betty — February 23, 2011 @ 9:57 PM

  24. I am a bit scared of the local auctions myself. My parents used to take me when I was little and my memory is the exact picture of your impression. Maybe thats why I don’t like to go to auctions 😉

    Comment by Carrey — February 24, 2011 @ 12:11 PM

  25. Wow, I’ve never been to an auction like that. I’m afraid that I don’t know the value of things and would bid $50 on something worth lots less. Do go back…you can do it!!

    Comment by Mrs. JP — February 25, 2011 @ 2:27 PM

  26. I love a good auction.I use to go to more when I lived in Montana.Thanks for the visit and best of luck on my giveaway.~Cheers Kim

    Comment by Kim — February 25, 2011 @ 11:52 PM

  27. Hilarious!!! I want to go to a farm auction so badly. I would be intimidated too. Your Ozzy farmer cracked me up. Great post 🙂

    Comment by Amy at Verde Farm — February 27, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

  28. I love finding a bargain. Although I go to garage sales and rummage sales, I’ve never been to an auction. I guess it’s always good to experience something new!

    Comment by Peggy @Peggy's Peg Place — February 27, 2011 @ 11:00 AM

  29. Sounds like a quintessentially American experience– can’t imagine guns going around the room in Canada! But we do wear overalls too.

    After your description, I think I’ll stick to second-hand stores for bargains!

    Comment by one person's view — February 27, 2011 @ 3:29 PM

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