Thursday, September 29, 2011

The things you buy at auctions

As you may remember, I have been trying my hand at auctions lately.  While I enjoy the lower prices and the excitement of bidding, there is a downside: you often end up with things you really didn't want.  This is because they were in the same box with the thing you did want.

Usually, in fact, I will bid on a box lot and end up with the one wanted item along with a dozen unwanted items.  I still got a great deal for that one item...but I have to take the rest of it home anyway.
Case in point: I really wanted this beautiful beaded purse -- all shiny pearls,
so chic and in amazing, not-one-pearl-missing condition!
But, it came in a box with these pheasants.
Now, there was also this cool, very old hat thing in the box, which I can still sell.
But...what am I going to do with those pheasants?
And this old camera?  Now, granted, it is a cool old piece.
But, I know nothing about cameras like this.
And I'm not really eager to educate myself right now.
Here's another example: a VERY old covered box, about the size of a bar of soap.
It is aged velvet over wood, with fantastic old bouillon trim
and a beautiful porcelain cover.  But, it came with...
him.  Also very old, made of wood.
 And rather creepy.
As well as this kitschy musical souvenir from Lourdres.
It plays -- what else? -- Ave Maria.
Edit: Ben was excited about getting a Thinker sculpture; he's having fun with it!
The Stuff You End Up With is piling up much more quickly than The Stuff I Wanted --
alarmingly so!  What's a girl to do?


Creative Wings Boutique said...

I know what you mean. sometimes box lots can be fabulous and sometimes they can be a big miss. I LUV auctions you can find some amazing things. My favorite boxes are the ones that sell for a buck...

Linda Sue said...

Darling girl- all of those "do not want" things are way cool! Child of Prague will sell in a heart beat The pheasants also- just take interesting shots of all of it and poof gone!It's all really awesome stuff- very ETsy-ish.The camera is a great prop!

Jingle said...

Okay, I think the camera would have been MY reason for wanting that box! I really love that! The pheasants have a certain cool quality about them. I might paint them with chalkboard paint to make them more modern.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I'm with Jingle I would have wanted that camera for sure! It would look so cool in my display of vintage cameras! I think the religious items will sell well on Etsy as there is a market for them. The pheasants are pretty cool really! All in All not a bad box. Donate what you don't want and don't think you can sell!

The Junque Seeker said...

I love the camera! I see some Halloween potential for the one figurine with the crown. Some black paint, a few additions. There are possibilities!

Tami Hacker said...

The velvet covered wooden box is charming!

The pheasants would be great in a a Thanksgiving setting.

If the items don't sell you can always donate them to your local thrift store.

Pallas said...

The old camera is very cool, and would make a nice decorator item. The wooden statue is "Infant Jesus of Prague". The purse is stunning. Yes, auctions are very fun indeed.

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

I have to say I love the pheasants. I would use them in the a holidays. The creepy little king thing, I like him too! I love it all!


Anonymous said...

My grandparents had a set of those pheasants. I remember them as a child. Grandma got them with her S&H Green Stamps (they lived in Illinois). The things you remember....