The hazy sun shone through the tree limbs, dancing over the rows of dusty cardboard boxes. Grandpas eating cheeseburgers, trash collectors and Amish neighbor women swarmed about. And the best thing about the evening—the bidder card in my purse. Now, before you run away from this strange girl, let me introduce you to the new friends I made that particular evening. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll soon see the beauty in estate auctions.
Before proceeding, I’d like to honor the one person who taught me the love of antiques. Chances are she went to more auctions than most women would in 3 lives. She also bought me more ice cream than anyone else ever has; my grandmother, Niva Coblentz. She was opinionated, funny and a free spirit, that one. Next month it’ll be six years that I stood beside her bed saying the last I love you and a final good-bye. After she passed we sorted through the attic and discovered antiques, dishes and treasures no one knew she had. It told the story of a women who loved auctions, heirlooms and antiques.
Quite possibly that’s why my heart is happy when I see the many possibilities and snatch up a beautiful piece, it’s in my blood. Or maybe because it reminds me of what Jesus does for us. He sees beyond the dust and spider webs. His imagination and dreams for us are endless. He redeems us, buys us with His own blood and takes us to places we could never go on our own. And last but not least, thank you Grace for going on this adventure with me. Now, sit back and take a look: *please understand photos were taken with iPhone, no big fancy schmancy camera here
THE $2 CART. Yes, $2. A battery had been on it and the selling bid was $12. After it was sold I asked the Grandpa what he wants for the card and he laughed in my face. Laughed I tell you. He was delighted he didn’t have to take the cart home, I did that for him quite happily.
2 DISPLAY CASES/SUITCASES FOR $1. One is white and the other a golden yellow. $10 QUILT.
2 CAMERAS & NEWSPAPER COLLECTION $7. The package is brimming with newspaper clippings and articles about the tragic death of princess Dianna. $7 DISHES 18 piece stunning, all white dish collection.
THE BEST $3 EVER SPENT. The frames in these^ photos and the photo below were all on a pile. $3 bought all of them. The real kicker is we were able to sell my least favorite frame to a lady for $2 at the auction. These will become mirrors, bulletins or chalkboards after some restoration and paint. DIY tips are welcome.
2 WOODEN BOXES + GLASS JARS. 7 green wine jars, quart jars and some other treasure in the large wooden box cost me $17. The darker wooden box (holding the jars) was the most expensive item I bought that night, $25 got me that beaut. Usually I do not spend that amount on 1 piece at an auction, but it was a “I SEE A MILLION POSSIBILITIES” piece and I went with it. We shall see what happens now.
THE RUST ISSUE. My only complaint about the cart *see first photo* was the rust on the legs. Thanks to the brother’s tip, I’m working on removing it. All you need is tinfoil ball, water, an occasional splash of diet coke and some hard work. See the difference!
MORE ITEMS NOT PICTURED: A square, chippy white paint coffee table for $2. A large work bench for my parents camping lodge in Pleasant City, Ohio $5. An old ladder $4. And a wooden chair for $5, plus Grace’s treasures not even mentioned in this post. Okay, okay, I’ll stop now. Have a wonderful day and happy auctioning! ~abi