My First Antique Auction

>> Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I really wanted to name this post "I'm Gonna Pop Some Tags" (try not to dance if you click that link) but unfortunately neither of us had $20 and we were not in a thrift store, but Linds tried on the Macklemore look while we were making our rounds. I told her she was going to get bed bugs:)

This past Saturday we went to an antique auction at one of my favorite top secret antique co-ops right outside of Boston.
You're welcome.

I go about once a month but have never been able to make it to an auction until last week. We were like two kids at Disney World. We got there an hour early to scout out things we liked. One thing I did not do a great job at, which I recommend doing if you are a newby to antique auctions, is if you really like something, look at it really well, on all sides, before the auction starts. I had my eye on a nautical painting for pretty much half of the auction. I had walked by it quickly before things began, but did not look super close. I fell in love with it once I sat down. Lucky for me they took a break and I walked over to look closer at the frame and realized the canvas had a huge cut in it. That could have been a huge bummer.

So anyway, we scouted out things before it started. I liked these chairs.
And this little desk/bench set would be adorable with a coat of paint and some new upholstery.
 This guy looks scary, but once it was stripped and re-upholstered it would be gorgeous!
I've been buying a lot of old oil paintings lately. I thought this one would be sweet in my closet nursery.
 Same thing with this needlepoint.
This was an entire dining set. If I could have wrapped it up and sent it to Christina I would have. 
I think she could have brought it to it's fullest amazness potential.
I loved this mirror as soon as I walked in the door. A little paint, could have been awesome. Unfortunately when it came up I was feeling lazy and let this older man, who for sure did not see it in a wallpapered powder  bath with cute sconces on each side, out bid me.
So this was our view.
 And these were our seats.
Another tip, especially if you are pregnant, bring snacks. These things last a couple of hours. Thirty minutes in I could barely focus I was so hungry. This sweet lady was selling snacks in the back. But remember, we had no cash. She had sympathy on me and told me I could pay with my card when I checked out for my winnings. In the end they wouldn't take my money and let the pregnant lady have the muffin on the house. I love this place.

You see those nightstands beside her? Yes, Linds did too.
See how focused she was on them?
They were awesome. We kept seeing things and saying Jenny would make that awesome. And if you read blogs at all, you know what we mean. But the nightstands...some random guy wearing sweatpants outbid Linds in a crazy aggressive way for them. If looks could kill, she would have been arrested. It was a sad moment in an otherwise fun morning.

But more on the sweatpants. We noticed that we were the only two that dressed...I wouldn't even say up, but that did not dress down for this event. And we think this was a strategic move on everyone else's part. This is not Sotheby's. No putting on airs. You want it, but you want everyone else to think it's crap. It's a tough gig and when 10 different people came up to us at the end to ask who we were and what we were doing there, we realized we had failed.

But my two big scores were this mirror for $10
And this secretary for $60, which I had an extreme case of shoppers high over.
I had my eye on neither at the beginning, but that's the fun part about auctions, you just never know!

Sidenote: if anyone wants to hire me to design a little girl's room, I really want to have this thing painted coral with a turquoise interior! It would be the perfect little writing desk. We did one in gray and green this summer for a living room, turned out awesome. 

I will definitely be making another auction sometime in the early Spring. My final tip: go with someone fun, who will whisper snarky, sarcastic comments with you to help pass the time on all the rose colored glass vase sets that neither of you came to see. Thanks Linds, I had a blast!


Kate February 6, 2013 at 10:26 PM  

I want to go with you guys next time!! I've been dying to go to one!

LindsB February 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM  

Best auction day AND date ever!! Going with someone else who had vision was key and I couldn't have picked a better partner in crime! Can't wait to go again and scope out all the fur coats in the place to try on. Oh and I WILL do a George Costanza pose on that couch if it's still there :)

Dont even get me started on those side tables! I cry daily about them and wish harm (not major harm, but maybe a lifetime of bad auction karma) to that man who outbid me. Damn him!

Dina @ Honey + Fitz February 7, 2013 at 3:21 AM  

Wow what a gem of a place! I must go. And I totally laughed at your comment about clothing. I used to go to this weekly auction in NC and crazy sweatpants guy reminded me of a similar situation where I was outbid on a full faux bamboo dining set by a guy in dirty overalls (with no shirt, obvs). There is no way those pieces ended up in pretty jade green lacquer at his house! Speaking of which, do you have any pointers on where I can get something sprayed? Having the hardest time finding a spray booth in this area. Need to get my kitchen cabinets done this spring!

WanderingLili February 7, 2013 at 8:29 AM  

Okay, I am in LOVE with that secretary!!!

karen brown February 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM  

i go to auctions at the antique co-op all the time. i swear i have furnished half our house here! mike & david are really nice guys that run the place and let you make impulse purchases you can't fit in your van and then send your hubs in the next week to pick them up. (not that i would know...ha!)

i would love to meet up there one saturday! i blogged about the place too-

ss February 7, 2013 at 8:40 AM  

Karen! So funny! My secretary is still their and if this storm hits, it may be there for a while. Would love to go together sometime!!

Marianne February 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM  

If I lived by you I would be right there with you both. Love your commentary, so funny! You scored with your two purchases. LOVE!!!

RAENOVATE February 8, 2013 at 7:23 AM  

i want to come up to boston and go with you! good luck with nemo, i cannot believe how much snow you're supposed to get! i'm in the 3"-6" range. when is your due date?!

pve design February 8, 2013 at 3:16 PM  

Score!!! please tell me that secretary will hold the
i had one like that - that I used as a changing table for my twins. I had it painted a blue denim....loved that thing, when we moved it did not fit in our house.

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okcamp February 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM  

Love the secretary. What a steal for $60.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss February 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM  

Lindsay would be so fun to go with. I'm sure she entertained you. And the coral/aqua combo on the secretary would look fabulous!!

Interior Glass Doors February 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM  

Lots of good furniture to select in that auction. How long this auction will take?

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