Sunday felt like a marathon--up early to make and serve breakfast for eight people, and arrive at the auction by 10 a.m.
Let me tell you, it was a long day. The auction started promptly at 10:00 a.m. and went for a solid four hours. I don't know how he did it, but the auctioneer was really good, really fast, and he never took a break the entire time. He also never lost his voice, which was pretty amazing. Of course, the items we wanted were spaced out over the entire four hours. Steve had to leave after about two hours because of the dust, and I soldiered on.
Fortunately, the big piece that we really wanted came up early. We got it for just about our top limit. Somehow I managed not to get a photo of that, so we'll save that for when we remodel that room and install the piece.
After that, we were able to relax a bit and just watch out for the other items. We let a couple of items slip by as the bidding went higher than we were willing to go. I'll regret some of those. But since we passed on several items, we were able to spend a little more on a lovely light fixture for the dining room. This photo doesn't do it justice. It's solid brass filigree and the globes are etched glass.
Another purchase was a small iron table base for which we'll have to have a small round marble top cut. It will be a perfect little table by the front entry where we keep our business cards and brochures.