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Sunday, June 16, 2013


I really don’t like auctions very much.  I’m too impatient to wait around all day, and when someone is bidding against me, I start feeling sorry for them and stop bidding. I’d much rather go to estate or tag sales, and just walk in and buy what I want quickly, without knowing whether anyone else wanted to buy it.

However, when I learned that there was to be an auction in the tiny Arkansas town where my husband’s hunting camp is located, I decided I’d go with him to hunting camp and attend the auction.

Before I take you to the auction, I want to show you a house that we pass on the way to hunting camp.  I’ve been watching the progress on the renovation of this house for almost two years!  I wish I had “before” pictures to show you, but the porches have yet to be replaced, and they will give you an idea of the original condition of the house.


Before they started work on the house, it really looked like it should be demolished.  They are slowly doing a fantastic job of remodeling it.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Although it is getting hot here in Arkansas, it was a good time for this auction.  The auction started outside, and by the time the noon heat was getting to us, we moved inside the very well air conditioned old store.


This building had not been used as a store for years, but a grandson of the original owner had kept a lot of the old store fixtures and merchandise, and he has added to it with other antiques he has collected over the years.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I’ll just let you look around and see if there was anything you would have bid on and if you spot anything you think I might have bid on.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

This is the longest seed counter I’ve ever seen.  They make wonderful kitchen islands, but this one would be too long for any kitchen I’ve ever seen.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Did you ever have any “Red Goose” shoes?

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie


Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

There were a few great wood freight dollies.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I haven’t seen a pay phone in a long time, so I took a picture, even though this wasn’t being auctioned.  It is probably needed in this little town, because cell phone reception is not good out here in the middle of nowhere.  Each time someone paid with a credit card, the cashier for the auction company had to carry around her credit card machine to try to get reception.

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I can’t show you much of what I bought, because I haven’t even unloaded the car yet, but I will show you something I didn’t buy.  I was surprised at the number of people who were bidding on this boar!  Don’t you want one for your home?


We did unload one thing at hunting camp, before we headed home.  This beat up tool box is now a coffee table in my husband’s hunting cabin.  He paid $5.00 for it.  (Shhhh, don’t tell him he’s got the shabby chic look going on in his cabin!)

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I’ll show you my purchases another day. I’m glad you joined me at the auction.  I’m linking to Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper and Dagmar’s Home Thrifty and Vintage Finds.  laurie


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my goodness, so much to see. Can't wait to see what you got. That seed counter was definitely unreal. Hugs, Marty

Ginger said...

That would be so much fun going through all the items up for auction, but it looks like it would be pretty time consuming. I like the tool chest your hubby got.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am another one that does not care for auctions. Have not been to one in many years.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Laurie @ Vinyet Etc said...

Wow, you just made me so jealous, next time you go to an auction, give me a call and I will join you! ;) Can't wait to see the goodies you brought home! xo

xinex said...

Oh how fun! I a, glad you went, Laurie, so much to see. I love the trunk! Can't wait to see what all you bought...Christine

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love that big old tool box! It really is perfect! And I hate that boar. I have a story about a boar's head but it's too bad a memory to repeat! heeheehee! Sweet hugs!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Lots of great things to bid on! Wow! I can't wait to see what you bought.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Looks like a fun time Laurie! I'm not big on auctions either, but they are interesting. I love the trunk! Can't wait to see what you bought. Hope it's not the boar.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH my Laurie!
Jealous, jealous, jealous!
I love, love auctions.
And especially one like you found.
I can't wait to see what you got, your hubby got a great find.
I could pass on that nasty pig though.
I just love auctions!
Hugs friend,

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Thanks for sharing Laurie. Lots and lots of great antiques there. I'm not one for auctions either. But I usually pay too much because I think if I wasted a whole day there, I'd better come home with something. I like estate sales and thrift shopping better too.

Patty said...

OK So how many burlap bags did you come home with?

Mimi said...

I think I saw some pink depression glass, hmmm?

The boars head is hysterical- you just never know what people like!!

I am curious to see what you bought- it looked like good fun!

Unknown said...

I featured this post, congrats!

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