Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Auction Finds, Part Two

Before I share more of my auction finds…

I would like to thank Fingerprints on the Fridge for featuring my daughter’s Christmas gift project.


The CSI Project and Beth at The Stories of A to Z for selecting my Winter Mantel for their Top 10 Winter Projects.

Not only are these painted copper letters amazing, but they came with a photo and an explanation saying that came off a building in Brooklyn in 1971 and the person paid $10 for them.  They were ahead of their time.  In the picture, the “N'” and the “K” were still on the building.

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Can you love letters?

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I will not deny it,  I am not sure if I like this or if I think it is ugly, but either way, it is fun.

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I don’t usually go for crocks, but these spoke to me.

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These, I had to work for.  When I say work, I mean pay more than I was hoping.  In the end, still a good deal.

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Several of them were actually copper.

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Some great measuring sticks and tape measures, a few levels thrown in for good measure (ha, ha – that actually was not intentional).

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Some incredible old hardware.  It will be a delicate balance to clean this up a little without taking away any of their character.

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These mother-of-pearl and copper opera glasses are stunning despite the fact they are missing several of the mother-of-pearl panels.

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The eye piece on one is missing, but the other clearly reads Paris. L.O.V.E.

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Two more wooden – I can never remember, are these the mortar or the pestle?

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Some fun vintage kitchen stuff.

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And a random grouping of stuff that was in with the “BANK” letters.  Anyone have any idea with those tool type things are on the right?

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I have a project in the works for the candlesticks, at least one of them and it does not involve candles.

There is still one more set of things that I still have not managed to get photographed, but other than that, that is all, until this week of course.

I have been thinking about putting together a basic guideline and direction posting on going to auctions, to help people who may be interested but intimidated by the unknown.

If you are interested, let me know.

If you are a seasoned auction attender, any advice and direction you would like to share to be included would be appreciated as well.

I am working on cleaning up my workshop area this week.  Once that is complete, I will have gathered up all of auction items for my giveaway, stay tuned…

Have a great one!



Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, The bank letters are amazing! If I had been there you would have had some competition bidding on those! Love them. You picked a great auction...everything is wonderful.

Sue Sykes said...

Such treasures! I would love to have any number of things here! :) I think the items you were wondering about may be tuning forks? That's just an uneducated guess on my part though! :)

Willo said...

Great stuff! You are inspiring me to attend our local auction. LOVE the eye piece and crocks...and I like the BANK.

Kathy said...

Hey Betty...those glass pieces in your "kitchen finds" are acutally railroad insulators I think.

JoyceG said...

I think that the tools that you asked about could be vintage curling irons - the long part was heated and used just like our curling irons today. I have a girlfriend who is a hairdresser and she collects items like that for her salon. You have some great items - I would have been bidding on them, too!

michelle said...

Girl you brought home the BANK on this one! Hee hee! Sorry I couldn't resist! :) I love those letters and all your treasure are beautiful! The mother of pearl opera glasses are gorgeous!! I think that would be a great idea to post some things about going to auctions, I know that I am clueless when I go! :)

All That Glitters said...

You got so many great items!!!

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Love those bank letters...the color is incredible. I'm not sure, but maybe those tool thingies are ice tongs?

The Jeffers said...

How cool is all that stuff!!! I would love to learn more as well! How do you even find out about them? And do you have to be someone special to go to an auction? Have a license to buy or something? ;) Im picturing hose tools in question as curling irons, that's what what I thought of first anyway!! Great finds.

V@WhimsyLamb said...

Love the bank letters!
I need to pay you to find me awesome things.lol!

Andrea said...

you hit the motherload! Great finds!!! Looking forward to seeing what you do with them all

{northern cottage} said...

I think the bank letters are great - wonderful patina and the crocks - get outta here - they're gorgeous and USABLE!

Anonymous said...

Great Stuff! Would love to know more about ins and outs of auctions.

Christine Edwards said...

I guess I just needed to read down farther...but, yes, I'd love to know more about auctions.

GStepmom said...

Joyce is correct. Those "tools" are old curling irons. The curling part was put in the coals of the fire to heat. Very great finds. Congratulations!
Just found your website today and loving it.