Friday, January 25, 2013

Auction Mania

I love finding a good deal and it's even more enjoyable when the environment is appealing and you're not digging through some dusty, smelly, gross antique store basement.  Last summer I went with my mom to an auction located in the small town of Mountain Lake, MN, where she grew up, with a population around 2,000.  Although it is more diverse now, the town was initially composed of mostly 1,800 Russian Mennonites who settled there between 1873 and 1880. Most of the auctions are on farms in that area, but this one happened to be in the town. Auctions can be fun even if its just for the people watching, or looking for that one little treasure.  I often find that auctions in rural or farmland areas contain a lot of tools, mostly rusty and not too functional, or heavier equipment, but this one was a gold mine!! The family was very creative--painters, decorators, upholsterers, sewers, and obviously collectors.  There were gorgeous murals on the walls throughout the mid century house (sorry didn't get pics of those!). 
 Oodles and oodles of quilts of all kinds in fabulous shape, and with their creative eye, many were very unique.  I tend to like the crazy quilt style above.

 Wool, wool, and more wool.  Being a textiles and fiber nut, I was instantly drawn to this.

 More gorgeous wools--plaids, stripes, solids...bags and bags of it.



Many fabulous oriental/persian style rugs.



 Antique dolls, tins, and notecards.  Look at the gorgeous turquoise and yellow design on the top of the can behind the dolls.

 Antlers and antique game boards -- all the things you see being used in decorating and design magazines currently.  And not just one of each -- if they had something, they had many variations of it.

 I am also a nut for the Art Nouveau period with its undulating lines and curvy movement.  This mirror was so indicative of that.

 Close up of mirror's sinuous lines

 Tons of rag rugs, which I could really use now for a current upholstery project of mine!

 The grounds at the house were spectacular, yet natural, earthy and like the Art Nouveau period, very undulating, so of course, there was a lot of wonderful garden statuary.

 Fun collectibles

 What can I say, I am the ultimate cat lover, so of course, had to take a pic of this.  However, there were many other boxes...one with dogs, one with birds, one with...you name it!

 Teacups, teacups, and more teacups! Not typically uncommon for auctions, but WOW...this many for a single household? Some had the coolest designs.

 Part of the grounds...isn't this inviting?

 Exactly what most people in a town of 2,000 on a nice summer day came for...socializing and catching up with friends and neighbors.

 Rolls and rolls of designer upholstery fabrics


 Stunning carved antique furniture


 One thing I did buy...this funky white peacock antique print by Jessie Arms Botke.  I wish it was an original but then the cost would have been out of my reach. However, since the print is antique, the quality of brushstroke imagery is lovely.

 And talk about an impulse purchase...just as we were leaving, the auctioneer was starting the bidding on this faux mohair sofa, which can be separated into 3 separate pieces.  Starting bid: $4.50.  Did anybody want it? No one.  So, I bought it for $4.50!  The bad news...I live 3 hours from where the auction was and have a small SUV car, so it is currently at my parents house, which is just fine. Do I need it, do I have someplace to put it? NO. But really, when in your life can you say you bought a sofa for $4.50 that looks this good??? Yeah, I know...impulse.


Have a fabulous weekend!!

XXOO Susan



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