Sunday, December 5, 2010

OOooo Girl! I'm like a kid in a candy store!

I am an HGTV fanatic- I freely admit it. Not that it shows around the old homestead much, but I love ecclectic things and use them in my not so elegant home.

I finally have a wee little job- working at an auction house in Alameda. It happens to be full of ...
ecclectic stuff!

Actually there are two sites and the auctions usually happen once a month. I worked in the Gallery on Wed and Thursday. That is the high end stuff. Today I worked in the Annex- a lot more low end. In fact it was a lot like a flea market only the stuff is up for auction on Tuesday. My O-ficcial title- Preview Staff. It's kinda like being Vanna with out the letters.

I walk around the BIG Metal Building all day with my auction catalog and just circle the stuff that I would like to have. Some of it is not so 'wantable', but some of it is!
EXAMPLE:  two piece Oak Sideboard with carved detail and a huge mirror. Needs a little love- the starting bid will be about $5.00. Of course it won't go for that- but you can see where I am going with this- everything appears to be affordable!
Lots of tools, books, records, coats, dishes,ornaments paintings, photos... well everthing except the one thing I couldn't resist- tack.

Wait a minute! I take that back! In the Gallery they have a Visalia Parade Saddle made in the late 20s with loads of silver. The saddle was left in the shed when it's owner died ( it looks like it was there since 1939), Kinda rough, but still- a VISALIA!  That one should fetch about $3000 even in its rough condition.

So wish me luck in my newest endevor. It will look good on my resume no matter what happens.
And if I can keep my hand from going up to bid, things will be even better.

I'll just have to keep repeating, "Those ponies still have to be fed..."


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That sounds like fun. I love a bargain. My favorite online fabric outlet is going out of business and offering everything at 40% off. I picked out what I wanted, and then saw how much the price went up when shipping was added. I had to stay within my budget by removing items until the cost with shipping got down to a manageable level, and there was so little left that I shut down my browser without ordering. Shipping is a deal breaker for me when it comes to online shopping. Off topic, I know. Also off topic, thanks for reminding me that horses do show more self-restraint when we ride them. Bombay was having bucking fits this morning, but as soon as I put a halter on him, he turned into a prince.

Denisarita said...

Hey! e-mail me photos of some good stuff!

Carolyn said...

Now that may be just too much fun! A perfect spot for you!

Maia said...

I could never do that. I'd walk away with everything. More power to you.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

You're so funny. Sounds like a good time, though. I don't think I'd enjoy the auction as I've never been an impulse buyer, and shopping causes me stress....too many decisions...not enough money. lol!