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Annual Ritual, aka "auction love"

Wednesday, May 28

When I first got into the "biz" some nine years ago my main source for one-of-a-kind finds was auctions. I love auctions. I love the stuff, the story behind the stuff, the competitive edge in obtaining the stuff, the hundreds of characters you meet in obtaining the stuff and well you get the picture. The good news/bad news in this is I have found great resources over the years that have boatloads of vintage finds to buy. The bad news is as a shop owner there just isn't enough time to go to all those great auctions anymore.

This brings me to my annual Memorial Day ritual. Every Memorial Day, I allow myself to go to this one annual auction. It has been taking place for decades. It's as much a social event as a serious quest for "stuff". The auction is situated in God's country in the middle of nowhere. The local church sets up the lunch counter featuring the star attraction - country fried chicken along with their homemade pies, baked apples, pumpkin roll and sweet tea.

The auction starts promptly at 9am with as many as three auctioneers going at once. At some point during the day I will catch a few minutes between items I am interested in and treat myself to lunch. The conversation overheard at my picnic table the other day went kinda like this:

"Whatcha you know Ray?"
"Nothing good Henry."
"Nope, nothing."
"I do know it's goin' to rain tonight though."
"Not anymore Ray. They changed the forecast."
"That's not what my knee says Henry."
"Your knee bothering you Ray?"
"Yep Henry."

I love this annual ritual. It allows me to get back to my roots, catch up with the characters I've come to know over the years and it fulfills that need and desire for really good "stuff".

Oh, by the way, Ray's knee was right. It rained.

-the cottage gals

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Linda, I used to love to hear about your days at the auctions. I could so see them, hear them and smell them in my mind. Thank you for sharing the photos. Love the cool cooler. Stephanie


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