Wednesday, June 2, 2010

My Best Auction Finds

If it's Wednesday, I'm at the auction.

Today was no exception.   

I love going because every week is different.    
Sometimes it's a total bust and sometimes you get lucky!

You can even find things you didn't  know you were looking for.  

And I don't mean great finds, like the two stained glass windows, vintage bed,  matching dresser, and the really cool antique scale I found today, but treasures of another sort, much more important than inventory for the barn.

Like friends.  

For instance, there's Carol and Carla.  
I met them about eight or nine months ago when we were bidding against each other on an enormous, vintage chalkboard that ended up on my dining room wall.  
I was the winner that day in more ways than one because 
Carol and Carla became my friends.

I look forward to seeing them each week because they're lovely!  
 They're fun, they're supportive, they're sassy 
(Oh, do they get cranky when people bid against them!)
and I love them!   
One week they spotted a crate of old "Kramer Beverage" soda bottles, and pretty much guaranteed no one else would get them but me.
(The Kramer Angle)   
They're just genuinely nice women.  
I adore them and if they like me half as much as I like them, I'm a lucky woman!  

And then there's Drew.   
You may remember him from this post.
We met because I bought something he was interested in.
He was the MVP for me today because he strapped an antique headboard to the roof of my van because it wouldn't fit inside.    
(And I'm happy to report it didn't fly off as I crossed the Bay Bridge into the Chesapeake like it would have if I had tied it up there myself!)
Our friendship was a chance encounter that may be heading towards an interesting business venture.
But what I like about him most is that he's interesting!   
The stories he tells about the finds he has scored over the years fascinate me!
He's a born story teller and I enjoy his company.  

Okay, let's talk about Michelle.  
She owns the Vintage Source in Southern Maryland.
(It's a monthly sale and it's fabulous!)  
She's been to my barn show, and I've been to her sales.
We encourage each other, commiserate and cheer each other on in this crazy business!   
She's calm, smart and savvy.   
An auction friend that I wish lived closer so we could hang out together.   

Do you know Cassie of Primitive and Proper?
I first officially met her at the auction.
I'm not kidding when I tell you this girl is seriously talented!   
And sweet!
It would be impossible to find anyone sweeter or nicer than Cassie!  
(Not to mention beautiful!)
And we're friends now because of the auction.   
She also writes a great blog!  

So, you see, it's like I tell people, you just never know what you're going to find at an auction!
With any luck you'll be just like me and come back with friends!

The very best kind of find!  


Cassie Bustamante said...

gail- you are so kind!! you know i am always thrilled when i see you at the auction. you are one of those rare gems of people who are gorgeous inside and out, and you have an incredible gift to lift people up (figuratively i mean, of course!), and you are down to earth when it comes to auctions! you really are one of the warmest spirts i know. i have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you over the past year. maybe one day we will even get to work together!

Anonymous said...

Who knew the auction could be a place to find friends! It's probably especially nice because everyone shares the same passion!