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Monday, January 05, 2009

Another Day at the Auction

We went to ANOTHER auction on Sunday. Our favorite Auction House, Woods Auction, had an all-day er and we came home a little poorer than when we arrived there. I don't know about the rest of the country but it seems that the market for basic antique furniture has tanked. If you want beds, drawers, tables or chairs then buy at an auction. We kick ourselves for not buying stuff sometimes. Even if we don't need it!

We tend to buy things we like or things that we know that we need. Sometimes these become split second decisions at an auction. We bought two old irons for $15 to use as bookends or doorstops. Did we plan on buying these? No, but they would go with the house and we have a Godawful amount of books that we get at library book sales. Cast bookends sell for a lot more than $15! We bought a large Victorian oval picture frame with the curved glass for $20. I bought three of these several years ago in a box lot for $20 which was one of my better scoops. I put black and white or antiqued pictures of Elizabeth in them and hang them on the wall. Maybe we'll do a family portrait for this one.

We bought a set of three hip hugger chairs and a captains chair. Two are pictured here;

We got these for $17.50 each. Now, if you say that you are all about recycling or saving the rain forest, buy things at auction. The tree was cut down long before you were born and you can't save it now. Besides, a single, new wooden chair at IKEA will cost you $40 - $60 and isn't anywhere as nice as these. I learned a long time ago not to buy very much that is new. Old stuff like furniture is made better than anything you find today and is often solid wood if it was made before 1930 when plywood started becoming popular. You can't beat old iron cookware either. After it is seasoned it is better than any non-stick pan on the market. Teflon is just a thin layer of a carbon based compound that flakes off eventually. A seasoned iron pan has a decent residue of real carbon and is readily replaced by burning the remains of last nights meal onto the bottom of the pan then rinsing it with water!


At 1/08/2009 5:21 PM, Blogger Larry said...

Man - what a sweet deal on those chairs! They will fit right in with your house.

At 1/08/2009 7:19 PM, Blogger Ms. P in Jackson said...

You always find the coolest stuff Gary; and what prices!

I'm the queen of recycle, thrift, second-hand, you name it. Little I have is bought new.

There is little quality today. I have a friend who cannot bring herself to buy anything that somebody else has used. it cracks me up. She'll buy a bedroom set for $3500 and although it says it's walnut, a good portion of it is sawdust and glue. She doesn't care, as long as it's bought new.

-Folksy Lady

At 1/09/2009 1:54 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

Here, here to second hand! It's the best saving the earth tactic there is! I love the chairs.

At 1/25/2009 4:02 PM, Blogger Sandy said...

There is nothing better to cook in than an old cast iron skillet. Food just doesn't taste the same cooked in anything else!


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