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Friday, October 4, 2013

Auction Day

Over the summer I worked on my sea shell collection,
putting them in categories, researching their names
and labeling jars.  It was a fun project!
Today there was a large fish bowl full of shells
and I got the winning bid for only $2.00!



I enjoyed pulling out shells when I got home, especially when
I was able to recognize them and say their names!


Better than that was pulling out shells that were new to me!
Many I recognized from my research, but didn't have any of my own!


My new favorites include ~
 Mexican Flat Scallops, as big as my palm
 teeny tiny star fish ~ can't believe they weren't broken!
  pieces of coral ~ really love this round piece that looks floral
Pearlized Turban ~ this is beautiful in person 
Babylon ~ has a leopard print
Candy Cane ~ had one of these as a child (long ago! ha)
Indian Tibia ~ I'd never heard of this one
 and Gibbosa Olives ~ only had Lettered Olives before!


And as a real cool sign that the collection should grow,
this group of old jars came home with me, too!

OK, I'm off to wash the jars and
 make some new name tags!


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    1. I know! Love the big ones...kinda hard to find!

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  2. That was a great score, Betsy!
    The jars are fabulous...love those wire lid closures!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I love that kind, too....the older the better. ha.

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  3. Two dollars! Well of course they were MEANT to be yours Betsy...so pretty. I had NO IDEA there were so many unique kinds.

    By the way...I GOT a super cool bureau for a DOLLAR! Oh wait! THANKS TO YOU!!!!!!! YIPPEE!!!!
    (I have to tell you I was watching to SEE who was going to take it away when you said I got that for you for a dollar!)
    THANK YOU! FUN!

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    1. fun day...and we got home early, too!

      You got a steal...can't wait to see what you do with it. Take before and after pics!

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  4. You have the best job! Love all your cool finds and the great deals. Love the shells and jars. They were made for each other.

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    1. I know! I love it. :) The shells and jars were made for each other...but I think I was the only one there that knew that! lol....

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  5. Wow you'll need a new house
    Won't even be able to fit a mouse
    As your sea shell collection fills each jar
    Could make the Guinness book of world records for sea shells at your bar

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    1. A shell hoarder I am!
      Gathering I can
      as I work away
      at the auction bay.
      Now I want to know
      what the record is for shells in a row.
      Will have to look that up.
      I suppose you'll want a profit cut.
      hahaha.

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  6. such amazing variety..i love all the textures...nature art

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    1. yep...and they are even prettier wet.
      Haven't found a way to display them that way, though. ha.

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  7. What a nice collection of shells
    I like doing stuff like this as well.

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    1. It's so much more organized and enjoyable.
      Now that the hard part is done, it's easy to add to it.

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  8. Those are beautiful you know I love shells too are amazing the other I sent you a sea star do you look?
    I love these jars are absolutely perfect!!

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    1. I didn't see a starfish from you. Did you send it from Pinterest?

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  9. yeah Betsy I sent you by pinterest! I will see if I find again starfish thst is the word when I dont remember sometimes I make my own words lol
    Did you know how we love pinterest? because is a type of collection too:)

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  10. I love the pink scallops, i have never heard of a few of these either, you have really added to your collection! Beautiful! i ove the old jars, if the jars were the blue green color they would look like the ocean!

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    1. I do have some big blue ones...I should add them to the collection of shell holders!

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  11. What a deal on the shells. I've never heard of several of them. Old jars are always a great find!

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    1. I'm surprised I had to bid on them...they are usually left in the trash! lol....

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  12. They look so lovely in the fishbowl. Almost seems a shame to take them out, but.... they will look great in your new (!) jars too! Did you know that you were going to be a Conchologist when you grew up!! (shell collector that is)

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    1. I thought that, too...but the shells were really dusty. I think that bowl sat untouched for decades. I'll use the fish bowl for some of the shells....it's perfect for display. It, and all the jars are going in the dishwasher today.

      Conchologist? Did you make that up? You are TOO funny! Yeah, that's me..a self-taught conchologist. lol.... (spell-check doesn't like that word!)

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    2. Nope, I promise, it is a real word. At Basildon Park where I work we have a "shell room" which is used to display the shell collection of the mother of the last owner of the house. The collector was Lady Charlotte Iliffe (deceased), she was very well thought of apparently in the shell collecting world and was invited to become a member of various Conchocological societies. I know because I have to say that word when I give guided tours of the house and have to talk about the room.

      So, there you go, you are a Chonchologist - get yourself a badge with it on!! (and be glad that you don't have to say it regularly to a room full of strangers!)

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    3. Wow...that is very cool! How interesting! I only have shell shelves (say that three times fast! ha.) Can't imagine a shell room. But my oldest did just get married and move out and I have an empty room! lol. I need to add chonchologist to my list of titles! lol...

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    4. I see a whole new project in your future.... When I get a chance I will try and take some pics of the room and post them on my blog!

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    5. Just did a Google search of that shell room. Wow! Those lighted displays are amazing. At first I didn't realize there were shells decorating the doors themselves! I think Lady Charlotte would have liked my shell mirror that hangs in my bedroom! :)

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    6. Glad that you like it Betsy, some of the shells are amazing, and there are some that are carved and look amazing!

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  13. Cool shells! Love the coral and the tiny star fish. I like old jars.

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    1. those are some of my favorites, too! Those little star fish are the size of a nickle. So cute!

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  14. Treasures from the deep blue sea...these are a great find.

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  15. What a fun collection. I really like your old canning jars. I've got a lonely glass cap waiting for a jar to sit on. I probably used the jar as a sugar bowl and broke it leaving the glass cover a widower.

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    1. I bet a jar without it's lid will show up at the thrift store some day! Then it can have a second marriage~ ha.

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    2. Yes, and maybe I'll find a blue jar and it can be a mixed marriage. :)

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  16. When you say their names, do they answer you?

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    1. Well, yeah...but don't be spreading that around. :)

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    2. Your secret's safe with me, doll.

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  17. I really do wonder how big your house is! Or maybe you just have a lot more shelving than we do. I love the look of your shell collection but we wouldn't have the room for it here. Possibly because we already have far too much stuff.... My stuff, his stuff, stuff made by the children, stuff that belonged to my parents and grand parents.... you get the picture.

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    1. haha...oh, my house isn't that big. But I do have a lot of built in shelving. Four rooms have a wall that is entirely built in shelves! I love 'stuff' but I also purge often...I take stuff to the thrift store all the time. In fact, I have shelves in closets and drawers in dressers that are empty! I do love my shelves, though....a great way to display pretty things and have them up and out of the way at the same time! And I don't have a lot of stuff from my parents and grandparents, either...just our own junk. ha.

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    2. So impressed. We both find it tough to get rid of stuff. At least I try to throw thinks when they break. T just puts them to one side for him to mend... In about 5 years time. And usually on the kitchen work top. BTW love your new header photo of sunflowers.

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  18. I love your auction posts Betsy, you have so much amazing stuff around your house!

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    1. thanks, Matt...it really is a fun job. How are you? Your blog break doesn't let me keep up with what's going on with you! Hope you're having a good break and all is well! :)

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  19. Betsy I sent you all I have pinterest about shells tell me if you received all.
    Betsy if some day you are bored with all I send from pinterest tell me lol

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    1. Yes! I commented on only one and said I got them all. Did you see that? I just didn't feel like leaving a comment on each since there were so many. Lots of pretty ones, aren't there?

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    2. I dont see yet Beysy Im in my bef for awhile i have to go out to errands and groceries and today I saw a lot of people so Im tired:)
      In a few minutes I will go to the lap top I have to finish a post:)

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  20. Dear Betsy, you are a true 'home-maker'! For homeless cats. And as well for the precious things and collections of people, who once put love and effort into them. I have seen quite a few of your posts now about saving beautiful things from somebody´s past, things that were gained with hard-earned money, like beautiful transfere plates or glass. Or things that were once made with skills and creativity, like the set of dish cloths you saved some time ago. All these things were most certainly cherished by someone and abandoned by someone else. I think, it´s a sad thing, that we throw away so many things, that are still beautiful and can still be useful, . And I find it most wonderful, that you give so many of these things a new 'life'! Am I sounding too pathetic to you?
    Love
    Christel

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    1. Oh, no...you don't sound pathetic! You sound just like me! :) I do think most of us have become so wasteful and many don't appreciate the beauty or worth of something. Doesn't mean you have to become a hoarder, but I can't see tossing something in the trash that could be useful to someone else.

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