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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Auction Day


I worked at a really nice estate auction today!
Before we got too busy I snapped one photo and then
a crowd of people blocked my view for the rest of the day!
So, here is one picture.  We always seem to have 
very cool antique lamps.  I love the prisms.
But I can see bringing that home and having boys with 
autism laying their eyeballs on those prisms to get some
sort of visual stimulation out of them.  And I can see kittens
batting at them, too! lol.  It's probably best that I left it to others!


I bid on a few things and took some things from the trash, too!
I bid on this huge bird feeder for just 50 cents.  It's full of
cobwebs but doesn't look like it's ever been used.
You know I'll put that to good use!

The big marble slab with the beveled edge was in the trash.
It's large...maybe it was a table top. 
Not sure what I'll do with it.  It needs a good cleaning
so will have to do an online search on what to use for that.
Maybe a big cutting board to keep on the kitchen island?
It would be great for rolling out pastry dough
or holding a hot tea kettle.

The frame was in the trash, too.  I'm thinking chalkboard
or cork bulletin board...something like that.
Maybe it will end up on my etsy shop!


And the last thing I brought home got some raised eyebrows from
The Mister. lol.  He said he was surprised I liked it, seeing how gaudy
it was.  But it's going to be one of those before-and-after
projects.  Lots of neat pieces of vintage jewelry were mounted on 
a framed board as a holiday decoration.  I love the tree itself,
but not the trim, mounting or frame.  It also has tree lights
and can be plugged in.  I think that will go away, too. ha.


Stay tuned to see an "after" picture sometime in the future.
Can't wait to make it look awesome!
I'm also curious if it will go in the shop or 
if I'll want to keep it!
One of the auctioneers told me that an auction
next week has a mannequin completely covered
in pieces of vintage costume jewelry.
Hmmm....should I?  ha.


50 comments:

  1. You did good again! I'm anxious to see your after pictures.

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    1. Fun day! I even got home early!

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    2. Fun day, and got home early. Sounds perfect.

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  2. haha should make some neat after pictures for that
    IS very gaudy to the cat
    And that lamp would be fun to bat
    Of course we'd break it in no time at our mat

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    1. is there a good guady?
      I'm going to try it, by golly!
      ha.
      the lamp would certainly entertain
      so for that I did refrain!

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    2. Hmmm well I suppose there could be
      Depending on ones taste in the gaudy

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  3. Love that frame and just WO w on all the old jewelry. I think there is enough for you to make something wonderful for you and for the shop. Looking forward to seeing what you do

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    1. Oh, I'm planning on keeping the tree intact. The pieces are glued on very well. But I think it will look a bit classier and less gaudy when I'm done. Although, I did see a pair of earring on there I wanted to take off...but the glue is too much! haha.

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  4. I think the tree is beautiful, you did well today!

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    1. I think it's going to be awesome...and not gaudy at all! ha. It's prettier in person.

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  5. Love the lamp. It reminds me of the lamp in Pollyanna.

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  6. What a haul!!!
    But...it takes a keen eye to spot the good trash!!
    Good luck with the makeovers...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. can't wait to do the makeovers...that's the best part!

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  7. Vintage costume jewelry is valuable if you know your names or eras. I have most of my mother's & some of my grandmother's vintage costume jewelry.

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    1. That is very true! It would have been worth a lot more if the backs weren't removed and they were glued to a board. ha. But I'll still enjoy it when it's fixed up.

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  8. alright...cant wait to see what you do with it....the vintage jewelry si cool in and of itself so i have a bit of faith...smiles...

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    1. haha....you may agree with the mister that it's gaudy and always will be. I won't be offended. ha.

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  9. I love the lamp with the prisms! How great would that be when the sun comes in the window early in the morning? Talk about a magic moment! (Why do I suddenly feel like Pollyanna?)

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    1. It would be beautiful, wouldn't it? I may have to bid on one some day.

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  10. It's always fun to "go" to the auction with you...there were many wondeful treasures, as always. How I would love to own that lamp with the prisms. Sigh.

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    1. I wish I could have taken more photos. There was a lot of expensive interesting items...more than my budget allowed. ha. Every once in a while I wish I was there just to buy and not be distracted with work! :)

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  11. You always find amazing things Betsy! I love these lamps are absolutely beauty!

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  12. Yesterday I was off all day until night!
    I hope be in home today I have laundry a lot...and order the house is a mess. Sigh!

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    1. Oh, me too! The house is a wreck and there is a mountain of laundry! We will both be busy today. I have to go to the grocery, too. The frig is empty!

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  13. Always fun to read about your auction days. I'll be very curious to see what you do with the tree.

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  14. I love those prism lamps too, and as someone mentioned earlier, they always remind me of watching Pollyanna. My cats would have a field day with one of those! I'm anxious to see what you do with the marble slab and the vintage jewelry tree. Such great finds!

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    1. I think Pollyanna, too. But the auctioneer's say "Gone With The Wind" lamps. :)

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  15. ooo, that lamp is gorgeous! You really get to some cool auctions!

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    1. They usually go for around $100, which is probably a steal...but it's also more than my whole paycheck..sooooo...haha....

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  16. Betsy, I always enjoy your "auction day" photos and stories. Sure does make me think about hanging out at one or two around here sometimes. I especially enjoy the things your find in the trash!! LOL....

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    1. yep...the trash is free...and some how just more fun that way! :)

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  17. Looking forward to seeing the after shots. You find the best stuff! LOVE the marble top!

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  18. My step mother has one just like that! Its made from the jewlery that was her mothers. Its more sentimental to her than pretty. :)

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    1. well, that is cool...I wonder if it'a s kit or something. Neat that yours has sentimental value!

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  19. A very good auction indeed! AND...low stress. I like those THE BEST! Now, I vote on your KEEPING the vintage junk jewelry tree...with the plans you have for it you MUST keep it!

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    1. it was stress-free! ...the very best kind!

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  20. Been a while since I'be been here. Coffee please... sure I nibble on something sweet.

    What do your 5 men think of your 'treasures' that find there way home with you? :-)

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    1. Welcome back! :) The coffee is always on! :)

      The men? Well, the triplets don't care at all. And the other two will roll their eyes at me some times. haha.

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  21. I want that blue lamp in the first picture!

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  22. Looking forward to see what you can do with these.;) And the only photo you took is a very goo done.;)
    xoxo

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  23. Interesting idea I saw once for vintage brooches, particularly ones with rhinestones. The brooch is opened and the pin part of it is stuck in the side of a candle - all the way in so the face of the brooch is flush with the candle. Then the brooch face is lightly pressed into the wax. The pin anchors it. When the candle is lit, you have this pretty, shiny reflection that twinkles and glows in candlelight.

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  24. Oops - meant "the BACK of the brooch face is lightly pressed into the wax..."

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