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  1. cheri hage
    February 25, 2015 @ 9:36 pm

    OMGoodness ! So glad you did NOT “win”/get stuck with that blonde entertainment center from the 80’s ~ I’m sure I have seen that same item at a few auctions here..
    Your new antique bookshelf is lovely 🙂 Congrats on acquiring the goodies. Watch it with the flailing arms; one of our first auctions, we saw some friends across the crowd as we entered the area. As we got closer I waved enthusiastically to catch their eye. The husband laughed and said, “You know the auctioneer just took your bid. Did you want to buy a horse today ?” I was so embarrassed ! Luckily it was a smaller Amish farm auction with a friendly crowd and after a good laugh, someone else raised the bid on the horse. ( I would’ve liked to buy a horse, but it wouldn’t fit in the van.)


  2. Maria
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:14 pm

    Bonus future/insider knowledge: You can approach the auctioneer (or the minions who carry the stuff to the stage or front by the auctioneer) and request an item (or items) be brought up for auction. Most of the time, they are happy to accommodate you and you can get it all over in one swoop. They are REALLY happy to accommodate you if you then spend a lot of cashola buying them.


  3. splendid market
    February 26, 2015 @ 12:16 am

    I am just laughing at your box sale, I love that sort of spirit about auctions, one gals trash and all…

    Well done on the cabinet.


  4. Leigh Ann
    February 26, 2015 @ 9:52 am

    There is an auction house literally right down the street from my house. It’s a life goal to check it out sometime.


  5. Nancy from RI
    February 26, 2015 @ 10:04 am

    Hey….my grandmother had that bread box!


  6. egretwatcher
    February 26, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    Definitely stay away from the Pandora’s box of absentee bidding. You can bid at any hour of the day or night on the Internet on things in faraway lands that have back stories that are enchanting, unforgettable, and irresistible to auction trolls and people with the raccoon-like love of all things glittery/shiny gene. Paul would not be happy.


  7. Cassandra
    February 26, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

    What fun! But I have to admit to feeling for Paul.


  8. Lin
    February 26, 2015 @ 7:14 pm

    Oh My Gosh. I almost went to that auction! I would have PAID $$ to witness that scene.

    But. If you need a partner to bid for you. I am all in!!

    Thanks for the laugh!


  9. David
    February 28, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    You need a command center and staff. Arm them all with helmet cams and cell phones and you can bid on EVERYTHING!


  10. Jayne
    March 4, 2015 @ 9:20 am

    This is so funny. I have some funny stories about auctions too. I’ve gotten wiser as the years have gone by, but the early learning years were hysterical. Wouldn’t trade the experiences for anything! And I do wish I could have seen the flailing arms entrance – it’s what keeps auctions from putting you to sleep while waiting for your item’s bidding to come up!


  11. stina
    March 7, 2015 @ 11:28 pm

    “I almost bought an entertainment center from 1983!!!”
    oh! oh god! how awful!
    so…. so awful!
    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!


  12. Victoria
    March 10, 2015 @ 12:37 pm

    I love the way you write! What an amazing blog.


  13. Victoria Seeber
    March 12, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

    From one Victoria to another – I love your writing! Very funny and creative. Now to the point I want those Asian dolls. Now my have- to- have it OCD invisible person who lives in my head is driving me crazy. I am not convinced that I can’t find something similar, my computer is smoking!! I can’t stop looking. Thanks a lot Victoria!!


  14. A.S.
    March 17, 2015 @ 7:06 am

    Hope you won’ take this wrong but I feel like your blog has turned into what you would LIKE to do with your kitchen vs. what you will do. I have never seen a kitchen take this long, people build entire homes in the time its taking you to “complete” this kitchen. Its kind of getting old and I think you are losing some of your audience. I grew tired of reading month after month of your kitchen planning, just do it already. Just read this over at GOMI and realized I was not alone, just saying.


  15. Nancy
    March 18, 2015 @ 10:32 am

    Love your blog! We share the same thought processes. Lock your doors and find a witness protection program to join. 🙂


  16. sadl26
    October 6, 2015 @ 3:24 pm

    VEB, I love your blog! Can imagine you driving back & forth to the auctions, hunched over the steering wheel, honking the horn and shouting “Out of my way people! I have an auction to get to!”. I too have bid on something thinking it was something else entirely. I’m 5 ft tall and was at the back of the audience (Everyone standing, No seating at all!). Talking to the man next to me when the Auctioneer announced “Now, a nice gas oven. Who’ll start the bidding?” Oh, I want that for the house. Won the bid for $100 and thought, better check where they have taken the oven. It was a commercial gas pizza oven! Went over to the auctioneer, tugged on his pants leg (he was on a step ladder), “I’m sorry sir, but I bid on the wrong item.” He told me where to go (No! not that “where to go!”) and graciously let me return the gas oven. After taking care of the mix-up, I bid on the gas oven I did want and won it for $50!
    Keep on the hunt for the next GFT. Warm thoughts to you and Elvis.


  17. JerseyGirl
    March 18, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

    We have been blessed with patient husbands. I bought walkie talkies so that we can both be at different auctions at the same time. Now I am addicted to the Offer Up app. Look into that! If we lived near each other, I think we would be best friends! Shop on Lovie!


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