We have some collectors out in the country. That's all I'll say about that.
We arrived at 9:30 and didn't leave until 1:30. Time just flies when you're shut in a big metal shed with seventy-odd other unwashed auction-goers. Surprisingly, I did still work up an appetite during the course of our outing.
Chili-cheese nachos for $2.50, and a can of Diet Dr. Pepper to wash it down. Good stuff.
At first Mom and I got sucked in by the utilitarian. I bought this big Rubbermaid cooler (plus a smaller red one I've nested inside it) for $4. It's sitting on top of a garden hose bin we got for $10.
Then we remembered what we came for. Fun stuff! I won a box of three little red metal International tractors for $4 for Mom when she went to the restroom. At least, I thought I got them for $4. Turns out they were "three for the money" which means you pay your winning bid for each item... Oops. Sorry, Mom. I'm a relative newbie to the auction scene.
We also won the bid on these gorgeous blue bubble dishes. $6 - what a steal, huh! I adore old dishes.
Then they started selling the garden gnomes. There was a table with at least fifty little pieces of yard art on it, so we scoped them out before even sitting down. We each picked one up for $6. Perhaps an overpay, but I was happy to get this one I had my eye on.
I thought it was all toadstools and mushrooms when it caught my eye before the bidding started on it. Nope. Cute smiling turtles. Lesson learned. I will carefully examine each piece before bidding from now on.
Still, it'll be a fun little item for our garden.
Mom got me this mint-condition old Pyrex mixing bowl. She's helping me create a set.
I love using dishes that have some history - even if I don't know what it is. This tomato-red bowl joins the mint green bowl I already have. I think we're just looking for the big yellow and small turquoise bowl now.