I am officially hooked...
As you know from this blog, I do love all things vintage and antique, but for some strange reason I've never been to live auction for them. I've watched the programmes on tv and bid for items in eBay but never sat in a live auction with my number to bid with.
We are lucky to have a number of regular auctions in our area and so we decided one Thursday morning that we would go to one in Newark. We arrived about an hour before the auction was about to begin so we could have a good look around to see what was available.
The warehouse was full to the brim of box's, furniture, lamps, rugs, fridges - you name it, you could probably find it.
We decided to take a look through the box's which look as if they come from house clearances. Each box has a number on it and can be full of antique and vintage items so just absolute junk, so it's a case of having a good eye for things that might be worth a bit of money.
Between us we made a note of around six box's to see what sort of prices they got for them. The ones we liked had different items in each from pottery, vintage jigsaws to a box full of vintage buttons and sewing materials. The buttons box was my favourite and the one I would have loved to have bid on.
We didn't plan on bidding for any but just thought we would see how things go. There were probably over 200 lots so if you do bid for something you have to wait until the last auction is called before you can pay and pick up your purchase. This can obviously take quite a few hours.
We soon learned that we should have put more layers on and taken a flask with us as the hall was cold and it did go on for quite some time but with a number of three piece suites up for auction we managed to find some comfortable chairs to sit on during the auction.
We did have a bid on a few items and won a couple of box's which I will write posts on the items that were in them. The sewing box that I wanted just kept going up and up so I soon realised that it was probably something that was worth every penny, but unfortunately we didn't manage to get it.
Some of the items from the other box's I've put on eBay or given to charity or kept for myself but from that day on we were hooked.
The second time we went with more clothing on and something to eat and drink which made it a far more comfortable experience but I will diary how we get on at these auctions as and when we go to them.
Some of the pictures on here are just a few of the items we bought. Enjoy browsing through them...