Saturday, August 27, 2011
It's been almost eight months since I've been to an auction. I so enjoy a good one, but I haven't been inspired lately by the items up for auction. However, I saw something in the listing this time that made me nearly run out the door. A little peek of what I saw is above.
Some of the interesting things for sale was a large Florida Fruit crate, a wool Persian rug, decorative balls and two old typewriters.
Above is part of a 1970s pull down map collection from a school. The mounting frame that holds all of the maps was also included.
A very pretty textured tile art piece and a caution wet floor sign were also at the auction. Oh, there were hundreds more items from furniture to books and everything in between.
Fortunately for me, all but one of the items I wanted to bid on came up for auction within the first 30 minutes. The school maps, which is the item that made me run to the auction, were the third item up for bid. I could hardly believe it.
I set a dollar amount that I was NOT willing to go over and I was getting a little freaked out that the bidding went right up to it.
Thankfully, no one wanted to pay more than my pre-specified amount because I won the item and I didn't have to tell myself to go over that amount because ... (fill in excuse.)
Have you ever seen the movie Sleepless in Seattle? At one point Tom Hanks pulls down a map from a small rack on the wall in the kitchen and he points out Seattle, WA and then Baltimore, MD. I have always known I wanted a set of these maps, but seeing one in that movie just solidified the desire.
I absolutely had to find a map. I had to. It's always been in the back of my mind when I go to antique shops. I've always figured that someday I'd find just one map shoved in a corner.
I never ever dreamed that I would find a rack and 12 pull down maps for sale.
There has been this giant open wall space in my guest bedroom for nearly six years now. I figured someday I'd find the perfect thing to go there. The wall was painted such a funny color that most of the artwork I have just didn't look good in that room, so the wall remained empty. The map collection, however, looks perfectly at home.
I brought the pieces home, hung the frame (it is crooked, but not too bad for being home alone and not having a level), installed the maps and giggled at my good fortune.
I also won the fruit crate, the Persian rug and a box of miscellaneous framed artwork.
Hope you enjoyed a tiny tour of the auction I attended this weekend. If you'd like to see more Sundays in my City, please head on over to Unknown Mami's place for the weekly SIMC carnival. It's always a great time.