Saturday, September 26, 2009

Night at the Auction

In my not-so-vast experience, auctions can be hit or miss. Yardsales are a sure thing - you are always guaranteed to come home with at least one thing you can't live without. But on auction night you can stand for hours in the same spot and not come home with a single thing. Other times, you hit it big. Friday night was one of those times. On Tuesday, when my BFF and I brought some of our own items to the auction house to be set up for Friday, we were able to get a sneak peek at some other things that would be up for auction (usually we wait until an hour or so before auction to start browsing). I laid my eyes on these beauties and couldn't get them out of my head for the rest of the week.

A purdy set of Liberty Blue Staffordshire Ironstone dishes. At this particular auction there are different rooms where they auction off things simultaneously. This makes it difficult when you want things from each room, as you can imagine. Well the back room is where they auction the higher-end items. That's where these dishes were, which meant the chances of my getting them for a small sum were slim to none.

I waited patiently ALL NIGHT for the auctioneer to get to my dishes (I called them mine even though I was trying not to get too attached!). Fortunately, my husband got there from work and I asked him to please sit for me and wait to bid on these dishes while I went into one of the other rooms to check out some other things. He asked me how high I wanted to go and laughed at me when I said, "Ten bucks". The look on his face said it all, "no shot!". I knew he was probably right, but I still didn't give up.

As each minute turned into hours, I knew my chances were getting better. You see, as the night starts to wear on, the crowd begins to dissipate. The more people who left, the better my chances became! I routinely came back to check on my sweetie, who was waiting patiently for the auctioneer to get to my china. After returning three times, I finally saw the most wonderful sight! My DH putting my new set of china in a box to take home for me! And I only had to pay.........you guessed it! Ten bucks!!!! Yippeeeee!

15 comments:

Carolyn said...

Well worth the wait-they are so pretty!

Carolyn

Ashley Pizarro said...

Wow! What a deal. That is awesome and your new china is beautiful. I have never been to an auction like that but it sounds like something I could just not get enough of. :)

Sherri S said...

Yippee! That is an amazing deal! Simply beautiful dishes at a steal. I haven't been to an auction in ages. I love the excitement of bidding though. LOL

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow! You really did good - or your husband did! :)

Nancy said...

Oh, gosh Kim!!! I'm so happy for you! What a great price on that china. It's really a neat pattern and it looks like it's in excellent condition. Woo hoo for hubby helping out.

Nancy

Paula said...

$10?? Are you kidding? You got a great deal. Enjoy!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Wow! Kim -- great SCORE!

Nancy said...

Kim, That is wonderful!! $10 WOW! You all did good! They are beautiful! Nancy

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Okay!!?? $10 dollars!! Wow!! I am pea green!! Just kidding...I am totally happy for you!! You go girl!!

Country Dreaming said...

Congratulations! Great find.

Thanks for stopping by and the nice comments. Please come back soon!!

Melinda

Victoria said...

NO WAY! I cannot believe you got these wonderful dishes for $10!!!!!!! They are gorgeous!

Hope your daughter feels better soon but hope you enjoyed some one on one time with her today!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a great buy...anything blue and white is a favorite of mine. I started going to auctions a few months ago and I am hooked. I feel like I've been a sap paying high prices for things at antique shops. Now I feel like an insider! :)

Lisa B. said...

What a lucky ducky :) The dishes are beautiful!!

LillySue said...

WoooHoooo for you!!
It feels so good to get such a deal on something you love. Your hubby is very sweet to do that for you!
Blessings~LillySue

xinex said...

OMG! How lucky of you to get those amazing dishes for $10! Congrats on winning the bid!....Christine