1. DB
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    Any progress on the Kitchen?


  2. Vanessa
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    I LOVE auctions! Sadly I have moved to the UK where there are lots of auctions but they speak like normal people. It is just not the same.
    Good for you for surviving your first one! I’m sure you will be back.


    • Sunnie Mitchell
      July 9, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

      Me too! The only auctions I’ve been to here (NE Scotland) where everything sounds very familiar are the stock auctions. Lol, that’s universal I think!


  3. Kelly
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    I started going to auctions when I was in high school – such fun! But estate sale auctions are less stressful – usually just one auctioneer, and around here at least – cheaper prices (we’re not usually talking GFTs, but they can be found!) Nothing like trying to load your purchases into the back of a truck before the summer thunderstorm starts, though. Or calling your husband to hook up the trailer and bring over the “big” tractor because you’ve just bought a claw foot tub for $10 from a house about to be demolished and you’re not quite sure how to get it out of the house…..


    • Jennifer Ozanich
      July 9, 2014 @ 10:33 am

      Oh Kelly we could be best friends! That sounds just like a call I would make to my husband!


      • Maaike
        July 9, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

        My husband obviously needs to buy a tractor…..ASAP!


  4. Shoham
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:09 am

    What an amazing couch and Elvis definitely deserves it. Great find and always fun to read about your adventures.


  5. Amanda Church
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    OMG, my Shelley would LOVE that, though after my failed experiment with the red velvet chaise lounge that I HAD to have (and has since been shrouded in a vintage coverlet I can throw in the wash), I don’t think I would have the energy to own it. Nor the nerves for auctioning. My last one was years ago and I’m still recovering.


  6. Mindy
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    I fortunately inherited this same style couch and my cat, Samson loves to sleep on it. I don’t know how you were able to stay in the noise of an auction. I hope Elvis appreciates you.


  7. Amy
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Congratulations, Elvis! That sofa really sets off your fur!


  8. Laurie Wanat
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    Dutch! You went to DUTCH! My ALL-TIME favorite auction house!!!!! Hubby and I go to the previews every other Saturday, and usually leave bids for each Monday auction. We know the staff there really, really well! Tell Anita and Carol (two of the auction assistants for the box lots section up front) that Laurie said hi, and they’ll take good care of you!!


  9. Barb Tilton
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    LOL… I just went to my first auction last month. Definitely not for the faint of heart or hard of hearing. One little hunt in your bag for a TicTac and your fav item has been sold to another bidder. It’s sensory overload on a level that surpasses Christmas shopping at the mall. And yet I know I’ll be going back for more!


  10. Barbara
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    Where was this auction? How did you find out about it? Couch was an awesome find and Elvis looks great on it!


  11. Kimberly ~ SerendipityRefined
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    I’ve never been to an auction. I’m still getting used to standing on line at the check out at the grocer. Some day, I’ll work up my nerves…who knows, I may attend an auction near you…you’ll recognize me because I’ll be the one with the ear plugs, standing politely near the back…and probably going home with NOTHING…although I do covet the chandelier that’s in the background of your photos. Elvis’ new sofa is lovely!


  12. Susan A
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Please post more often. 🙂 Love your stories and the recent video was awesome! Elvis is spoiled…as he should be.


  13. Ethel Sawpenny
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Oh, you are in BIG trouble now that you have discovered auctions. They are even more addictive than Craigslist. You can find hoards of giant fancy things at auctions. Say goodbye to life as you knew it. Paul is in for a lifetime of hauling auction finds now. I can’t WAIT to read your future “fresh from the auction” posts!


  14. Briana
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Auctions are the BEST!! We have a small antique shop, and attend 3 local auction almost every week.
    Once you get used to the ruckus, you tune out all the gibberish and just listen for the numbers. And NEVER get sucked in to paying more than you want to. You’ll get an immediate case of buyers remorse if you do!
    I must say I’m SHOCKED that you, of all people, were an auction VIRGIN!!
    Welcome to a whole new addiction!!!


  15. Di Elliott
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:26 am

    Wow what an ordeal but Elvis seems to appreciate it! And we know she rules the house lol. Nice sofa! Well done!


  16. Linda Spiker
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:37 am

    Love the color. I have a velvet sofa in that exact color…but there was no sweat, no heat, no having to move it and the ladies at Pottery Barn were much easier to understand.


  17. Elizabeth Speicher
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Elvis looks beautiful on your new settee. Auctions are the best! My own home is peppered with “finds” from all kinds of auctions. Estate auctions held on the front lawn of a house are my favorite type. I dislike it when multiple auctions are held at the same time, but they do seem to provide the widest range of possibilities. If you don’t mind a drive from Philadelphia there is a really unique auction held every Wednesday in Crumpton, Md., 4 auctions held at once. One is a riotous affair held from the back of a moving pick up truck. see http://www.crumptonauctions.com

    My advice is to attend as many auctions in as many formats as you can manage, from farm to Sotheby’s. Go with no intention on making a purchase, they are a great place to learn about antiques or collectibles. Find an auctioneer whose style you like and who generally has events that include the type of items that appeal to you. Go often enough that you can begin to recognize other frequent attendees and can distinguish the dealers/pickers from people like yourself. Generally dealers and pickers have lots of money to bid with, but they have to be able to make a profit on what they buy. If you find yourself bidding against them for something you truly like and win your item you really haven’t overpaid. However bidding against someone like yourself can proved disastrous (see rule number 2)

    But the two most important things about buying at auction are:
    1. Never buy anything that you haven’t examined. Attend the preview or arrive early to look things over, and ask for an auction assistant to move things that prevent you from getting a good look at all sides, even the bottom.
    2. Set a limit on what you will pay for each item and stick to it! Auction fever is contagious and deadly to the wallet.

    Now where are you placing your new settee and did it require a trip to the roof?


    • Elizabeth Speicher
      July 10, 2014 @ 5:56 pm

      Victoria, if you need further encouragement to attend Dixon’s Furniture Auction in Crumpton, MD take a look at this entry by Travel Hags. Her focus is on the more bizarre aspects, but there is some good stuff here too. I remember and episode of Antiques Roadshow that showed an Atlas purchased there for next to nothing that was valued at high 5 digits.

      Love your blog and look forward to each new entry.


      • Elizabeth Speicher
        July 10, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

        Forgot the link: travelhag.com/2013/06/27/crumpton-auction/


  18. Laurie
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    Ah, well, if you need something to do on a Wednesday, you should check out Dixon’s Furniture Auction in Crumpton MD.


  19. Karen
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:43 am

    I’ve missed you. So nice to have you back…. amongst the land of the living! Even tho you are a long way from Australia….


  20. Patricia Mason
    July 9, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    It was all worth it for that yawn and stretch at the end ! So funny…. !


  21. Bronne
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    I’ve collected for years and simply cannot spend my $ that fast. My head spins, my heart races, I feel faint and feverish. Just can’t do it. Even the website “everything but the house” is too much stress. E-bay been known to give me the willies. Let me have an old fashion antique store or flea market, where dickering is the method- and I can buy all day. Ahem and I have…
    I love the editing on this 20 minute clip -it’s brilliant. I predict Elvis goes viral. >*+*<
    She reminds me of Mae West on that chaise.


  22. Emily
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    Pleeeeeeease post more often. So delightful!


  23. Lisa
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    I cannot overexaggerate how perfect that sofa is for Elvis–it clearly was designed for her. But my curiosity wants to know, was that really a chandelier that the assistants dropped and broke and had someone bid on it? I would adore going to an auction but the first couple of times would just be for research purposes, unless I can find someone to hold my hand and walk me thru…not a human language, you got that right!


  24. Mary
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    The footage of Elvis at the end was so adorable. I had to watch it 3 times.


  25. Garden, Home and Party
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    I’ve never been to an auction for fear of scratching my nose and the auctioneer thinking I was bidding $4,000 for that fireplace poker. I used to watch the best British series called Lovejoy (staring Ian McShane) and his character was a pro and resold what he bought. It was fun to see but further intimidated me. I’m impressed you actually came away with such a great find for Elvis.
    I’m so happy to hear you survived last week, whatever was going on.


  26. Elizabeth K King
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Keep attending auctions! I promise you that you will learn to tune out the noise, especially once you’ve found items that you cannot live without and focus solely on them. Attending auctions is part of my business and once you get the hang of them they are a lot of fun!


  27. Patra
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    I’m about to be a part of an ONLINE auction. Should I let you know how that goes?? It will be my very first. Should be a tad less stressful maybe.


  28. Linda @ a design snack
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Can’t wait for a report on your next auction outing. Let the bidding begin!


  29. Ann Flora
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    Good for you! I confess that I’ve never been to an auction , even though there’s an auction house about a mile from my home that I pass every work day. I’m afraid of the speaking in tongues and maybe of myself. What if I get bidding fever?! The anxiety probably means I should just do it. It’s big fun around here on a Friday night, and fear should be vanquished. Maybe I’ll end up with something wonderful like Elvis’s divan!

    Thanks for making me laugh again.


  30. Jennifer
    July 9, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    That was my couch in college! Great score!


  31. Toni
    July 9, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    Thanks for starting my day with a laugh! You are a braver woman than I!! Elvis looks fantastic on his new couch!


  32. SmallerPlaces
    July 9, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    You are so brave to go to an auction! My parents go, my former landlord goes, I have exes who go… I won’t. I’d end up cowering under a settee with my hands over my head. Too much noise, too many temptations to overspend.

    That is a VERY FINE settee, and Elvis will be the envy of the feline set.


  33. Laura J
    July 9, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

    I attended a bankruptcy auction for a high end tile dealer. In an un-air conditioned warehouse. In the middle of July. With 100 sweaty, swarthy, hairy, minimally bathed contractors.

    I swear, every time one of them raised their arm to bid, I thought I would pass out.

    Did I leave? Of course not! I, too, was on a mission. Tile for all 4-1/2 bathrooms in the house I was building. I managed to snag some beautiful porcelain tile for $1200.

    Did I mention that it was over 8,000 pieces of tile? Did I forget that part?

    I had my husband meet me at the warehouse the next day so he could load half the tile in his Lexus sedan, while I put the rest in my Toyota Highlander. Did I mention it was over 8,000 pieces of tile?

    The pile looked sooooooo much larger the second time I saw it. I ended up having to rent a U-Haul to get it to the construction site. And even though it got loaded ONTO the truck with a fork lift, I did not have a fork lift at the other end to get it off.

    So we unloaded all that tile. About 2,000 pounds worth. By hand. For hours.

    It was a full 2 days before I could stand up straight.

    But my bathrooms are BEAUTIFUL!!!!


    • Kelly
      July 10, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

      Sounds horrible and totally worth it!!! What a great deal – sweat equity is worth it, and I bet you smile each time you see & walk on that tile! 🙂


      • Laura J
        July 15, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

        Yes, I have to say, I do love the bathrooms. And knowing I paid next to nothing for the tile makes me love them even more 🙂

        You should see the pile I still have left over. Would tiling the driveway be too much?


  34. Laurie
    July 9, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    Well, if my dog can have a futon, heck, an entire room, just for his naps, Elvis can have one measly little couch.


  35. sharon
    July 9, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    Oh elvis….gorgeous! I too do this for all my dogs…..BUT, my question: where exactly is the couch? I would love an auction….Please make another video full frame….I would like to see elvis’s area. I agree with the above…..post more often. ..even in death….gosh,that should be easier….duh!


  36. DB
    July 9, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    Has anyone asked, how much did you pay for the piece and were there other bidders?


  37. Sue
    July 9, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

    Hi, so fun that you got this oo-la-la sofa at an auction and it is just right for Elvis to sit upon.


  38. Lee
    July 9, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    Auctions are awesome, especially the little town or rural ones and they tend to be less noisy, more understandable and more affordable. Definitely follow Elizabeth’s rules 1 & 2.

    Moving company auctions are the best. They are usually advertised in the local paper. They have to hold them for all stuff leftover so many days or months. You can get some awesome deals at moving company auctions.


  39. Tricia
    July 9, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

    Love auctions but I haven’t been to one in years. You can get caught up with the bidding & pay way too much for an item if you aren’t careful. I did that a few times. One item was a mine cut diamond ring that me & another woman were bidding on. I stopped at $6,500 & she won. Enjoy reading your blog.


  40. Ann Downie
    July 9, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    I love love love your blog I read it, I share it on FB, I even forward to the VICE CHAIR in our office who is renovating from top to bottom the house she bought next door to the one she currently lives in! I have no idea how you will ever choose a kitchen I can’t and mine is a piddly 15′ X 8′! There is too much to choose from I mean what if you did manage to pick one, start working on it and then OMG saw something more spectacular…… Kitchens and bathrooms are the hardest because there are more remodels out there than there are population of New York!

    Anyway, I wanted to tell you personally that you are an inspiration, a wonderful expressive writer and I am one of your fans from far off London, ON, Canada, and our Vice Chair has enjoyed some of your bloggs.




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