Last weekend we attended our first auction as a married couple. Can I just freely admit that I am now addicted? The day started off at 7 am. We got up, Geoffrey took Truman Capote for a walk, I got ready, fed the animals, and then we left by 8 am. Our first stop was to buy a disposable camera. The last time that I had used one was ten years ago at my brother’s wedding. It felt so small and precious, and I was worried that my aim would be off or there would never be enough lighting. Next we picked up breakfast at Tim Horton’s and headed south of the city to a town called Delisle. We made it there at 9 am, just as the auction was starting. The sun was shining, and it was looking like a wonderful day.
For the first three hours of the auction, Geoffrey and I wandered around and bid on many things. I snapped a few pictures, we made a few friends and foes (the latter of which we nicknamed ‘Orange’), and ate a few hot dogs. We got in a bidding war with Orange over some crates and two separate buffalo skulls. She ended up paying $500 for the two skulls, thanks to us. Afterwards, she said that she needed a cigarette, stood up, got her arm stuck in her coat sleeve, and smashed one of the skulls on the floor. We tried so hard not to laugh, but it was just too funny. At the end of the day we ended up bidding on another skull and won it for only $20. We were very lucky.
Around 1 pm Geoffrey drove back to the city to let our dogs out for a bathroom break and to feed them a snack. As luck would have it, a blizzard came down and he was caught in a whiteout on the highway. What should’ve taken under an hour for a round trip took nearly two hours in total. In the meantime, I had bought a green elevator chair for $95. Bobby, one of the workers at the auction, was egging me on with winks and hand gestures to keep going higher and higher. Everyone seemed to be enjoying it so I kept going up in price until the other guy eventually stopped bidding. I don’t know if it was worth the price that I ended up paying, but the fact that it matches the outside of our home, along with the memories that I have purchasing it make it priceless to me. Anyway, our cat Boo Radley seems to thoroughly enjoy sleeping on it ever since I covered it with a wool blanket and placed it under a sunny window.
Things we bought that day:
– Buffalo skull: $20
– Elevator chair: $95
– Two wooden crates: $30
– Vintage leather bells: $20
– 1917 clothes hanger: $7
– Outdoor hanging cowbell: free (from the nice ladies at the auction)
After we got home I told Geoffrey that it was one of the best days that I had ever spent with him. He agreed.
Have a beautiful Easter, everyone!