Monday, July 25, 2011

The World of Auctions

Auction... My favorite seven letter word... For those of you that have never been to an auction, you HAVE to check one out! (Go to to find one near you!) You can expect heart racing, palm sweating fun (and get incredible deals too!). We went to an auction this weekend in the back (and I mean back) country of Stanley County! It was on a beautiful farm with lots of trees (thank goodness!) and a crowd of about 200 people. We got there early (imagine that) and we were still card number 90. I'll spare you all the gory details, and just show you what we found.

Where do I begin?!?!

Antique Desk ($5.00)

Chair ($5.00) We thought that it would fit in the desk - WRONG! (but it was $5 so who cares?!?). They also threw in the trashcan for free!

This buffet and hutch was only $25.00!! (Leave a comment to tell me what color you think this beauty should be! I'm still debating...)

2 Oars and 2 Frog Gigs ($10.00)

Electric Sprayer (Now I have 3... Laura, PLEASE don't call Hoarders! I had to have it at $8.00!)

This cute bench was only $2.00!

There were a few other things that we bid on, but the price tag went above what we were willing to pay (the one downfall of auctions- you never know who else will be bidding!).

A couple of tips...

1) Bring your pickup truck! You'll always leave with more than you thought you would.

2) Pack a cooler (no, Carter, not that kind of cooler!). For auctions you need a cooler of ice water! We went through 8 bottles while we were there.

3) Don't let a couple of bucks keep you from getting something that you REALLY want... Seriously the difference between $5 and $7.50 is only $2.50! (I know that you can do math, but when you're in the moment it is hard to remember this!)  We've actually missed out on things that we really liked for just a couple dollars... (Now that we have our official Dumped and Discovered system that won't happen again!)

4) PEOPLE WATCH!!! Even if you don't find anything (highly unlikely) you can see some interesting stuff!!! I'll let you experience that one on your own!

5) Wear tennis shoes! Take a look at the picture below... Enough said!

Have fun and happy auctioning! You'll see some of my auction finds transformed this week so keep checking back! Here is something fun that we saw this weekend (not at the auction) and I think we're hanging onto it!!!

Happy Junkin'!


  1. Hi Sarah! My husband and I ran into you at The Depot on Sunday. I LOVE your blog! Love a good auction too. My parents drug us to auctions nearly every weekend when we were little so I guess it's in my blood! Gorgeous desk for $5. WHAT!!! Best wishes!

  2. Love love love all your great finds, totally going to check one out near me!

  3. What in the world are we going to do with the frog gigs?!?

  4. Oh my Lord!! You've been holding out on me! You didn't tell me about all of these great finds! With the exception of the frog gigs (wha???), I love all of them! Paint the hutch RED! I can't wait to see what you do with all of these pieces!

  5. Also, I recognize that beautiful kitchen wall I painted for you while you sipped lemonade and barked orders (just kidding), but I don't recognize anything else in the picture - when did you find all of that stuff????

  6. Lola!!! There is a place in Concord, NC that is absolutely AMAZING!!! We got there when they opened Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and they kicked us out at 6:00 p.m. when they closed! There is so much stuff it's AMAZING!!! You would love it! Road Trip...?

  7. I'll meet you there in 6 hours, Mr. Dump (by the way, weren't you The Artist Formerly Known as Mr. Distressed? That is a much more flattering name, Mr. Dump.) Or maybe I should leave DC at 4 a.m. and meet you there when they open at 10 - I'm READY! You can bring Mrs. Dump (The Artist Formerly Known as Mrs. Stressed, which I also like better and is more appropriate), if you'd like. But only if she'll promise to paint whatever I can help, too.