Monday, July 20, 2015

Boggstown Farm Auction

This weekend was a hot and nearly 100% humidity all weekend.  True Indiana summer weather is finally here.  Saturday I laid by the pool most of the day.  It got up to nearly 95 degrees with a heat index of over 100.  Sunday was about the same, but there was a 50% chance of thunderstorms.  However, I still decided to go to a huge farm auction.  You just can't pass up a farm auction.  They're becoming fewer and further between.

Using my GPS, it said my drive would be 45 minutes.  I left 90 minutes early to allow myself time to look around once I got there.  Little did I know, there were detours galore.  I had to take over 45 minutes and 30 extra miles, just to get to this auction.  I almost gave up and turned around several times.

Anyways, once I got onsite it was time for the auction to begin.  Many people were in the same boat as me, arriving at the start of the auction due to all the detours.  (Hell, the detours had detours!)  They delayed the start of the auction for a few minutes.  This allowed me enough time to wander around, get an idea of where stuff was and take a few pictures.


Unfortunately the house was falling apart and appeared to not be livable.  I'm sure it was quite beautiful in it's day.


One of the many barns that were full of stuff.


Another of the barns that was full of stuff. 

It had rows...


and rows...


of beautiful primitive furniture...


and architectural pieces.


Piece of old farm equipment grown over with weeds.


More tools than any family could ever need.


They were just outside of this old stable.  It had 2 stalls.


Also outside of the stable were tons and tons of vintage toys.


I really wanted these chairs.  Mint green was there original color, painted over by black, and then white.  They went for a pretty high retail price.


I also wanted these, but they sold for more than they were worth.


I've never seen this many egg baskets at one time.  I have a few myself and have never paid more than $10 for one.  These all sold for $25 each.  That's what I sell mine for!


Not sure why this person had an old dentist's chair.  But... they did!


One of the other auction goers bought this 7 foot tall portrait of the Statue of Liberty.  So strange.  You never know what you're going to find at an auction.

Anyways, onto what I bought!  And, after this point all of the pictures turned out a little blurry.  Pretend you're in a hazy junk-filled dream.  Or something like that.


Full/queen patchwork quilt.  Lots of awesome old fabrics, including feedsack!


Cute little baby blanket!

Another patchwork baby blanket.  As if the size weren't a good enough clue, the person who made it quilted the word "BABY" into the pattern.


Close up of some of the patches.  Lots of old feedsack material.


Another patchwork BABY quilt.


Again, look at those amazing fabrics!


I find a lot of these "mini" quilts that don't even seem big enough to be a baby quilt.  I assume they're "practice" quilts?  Can anyone offer an insight?


Another adorable baby quilt.

So, these were the last things I bought at the auction.  During the auction they ran 3 rings, selling stuff out of the outbuildings and semi trailers.  There was a large tent set up next to the house where they sold all of the things that came out of the house.  The last 20 or so minutes of the auction, the main auctioneer was like "we've got to hurry up and get this over with!"  The sky to the west was black as night.  A giant storm was on it's way.  Right after I bought these quilts, I was about to bring them to my truck, but the sky just OPENED UP.  I had never seen it rain so hard.  Luckily most of the people left at the auction were under the tent.  Also we were lucky it was just a small cell.  10 minutes later it was over.  I've battled some crazy weather for auctions before.

Okay, now onto the rest of what I bought!


I bought a small pile of architectural salvage - spindles!


And a few other odd pieces.


 And this.  I figured someone might like it to make a sign or something.


This vintage croquet set is in excellent shape.  It's just missing its balls.  (Smile if you see what I did there.)


I picked up this stack of scrapbooks, thinking I'll be able to sell the pages to you crafty people.




 I'm pretty certain I have enough plates for my wedding now... but for $1 for all of this... how could I pass it up?

(Side note: I've also been debating in my head whether or not I'll start a wedding rental business just for fun after mine is over.  We don't have any in the area that supply vintage stuff for weddings.  I basically have all of the supplies already.  Plus, it would give me an excuse to keep buying stuff.  Ha!  Why not?  Anyone have experience doing this or has worked with someone who has done this?)


Cute mini oil lamps with a free layer of dust.


McCoy planter and a graphic dovetailed wood box.


This is probably my favorite buy of the day.  A Pyrex (bubblegum) pink 1.5qt 023 with lid, cradle, AND original box.  I've only ever seen this size in Opal.  It will probably head to ebay. 


A few choppers.



Loved that this Bingo game is a carrying case.  A few of the marking chips are Bakelite.


And finally, a set of 5 box cameras.  Pretty excited to add these to my booth.  My camera shelf is always pretty sparse, since it gets picked over quickly.


Some fun brass stencils.


I got a bunch of free books AGAIN this week!


Including this Fun with Dick and Jane basic reader.


Several stories about scouting.



Some Christmas books.


And this Americana pop-up book.  First edition.  I can't believe what it's fetching on ebay.

That's it for this week.  What junking adventures did you get into this weekend?


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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Finds from the Deja Vu Auction


This weekend I took the time to attend two.  One was for a very specific piece, which I will share in a bit.  On Saturday I went up to Arcadia, Indiana again.  The site of the deja vu auction from 2 weeks ago and three years ago.  I took a few more pictures while I was there.





I was majorly lusting after this door.  I had big plans for it.  Another lady had even bigger plans, as the bidding on it got a little out of hand.


Farm auctions like this are starting to become fewer and further between.  And the prices really reflected that.  There were two people who were battling for all of the architectural salvage pieces.  They paid really crazy prices for all the pieces.


Here is my trunk shot.  I always bring a chair to the outdoor auctions, because sometimes you just want to take a break!


I managed to come away with a couple of shutters.  No idea what I'll do with them yet.  Probably clean them up and take them to the booth.

Here are the all white chenille blankets I brought home from the auction.  They've been soaking in a big tub outside since Saturday.  They'll probably stay in there until this Saturday.  Hope it gets most of the stains out.  Some are going to end up as cutters so people can make cute things out of them.

Here are the other chenille blankets I brought home.  These all still need a good week long soak in oxyclean.  Unfortunately, most of these are cutters too.  Luckily I paid very little for them.




I got all these seed sacks.  They just need a little soaking.  Think I'll save one for myself!


More shakers.  Can never have too many of these.


Picked up a few fruit crates and a marshmallow tin.


These books were from the free pile at the end of the auction.  Can you believe no one bid on them?  I've already sold the nurse book on Instagram.


I've been trying to stay away from buying any more Pyrex.  But this was only $1.  If anything, I really just needed the divided lid.  The plate was also from the free pile and will be used for my wedding.


 A few pottery pieces.  Keeping the white planter to add to my collection, as it is one I didn't have.


 This chalkware drum major or majorette brought back some memories from high school and college marching band.  I played several instruments throughout my band days.


How could I say no to these sweet poodle faces?  All marked with their original Japan stickers.  Still has the original store tag too.  Their fur is glittery, bumpy "spaghetti" ceramic.  They will go up for sale on instagram soon.


 I was so happy to finally bring home some vintage Christmas.





 Unused vintage Christmas wrapping paper in it's original box.  YES!


Look at those patterns.  Why don't they make it like this anymore?


Also, a whole box of unused Dennison labels in their original packages.  Some are opened, but who cares?  There's probably 1000 labels here.


I actually have this guy already.  This one doesn't have a light, but that is an easy fix.


How about these so ugly they're cute Made in Japan fellas?

That's all from Saturday.  But remember, I went to an auction on Sunday for one measly thing.



This beauty will be used in the photo booth at my wedding.

And speaking of photobooths...


Mom brought these home from the rafters of a garage that sits on some family property.  They will be used as the backdrop for the ceremony and then later for the photo booth.

The left 2 doors were not chippy at all until I got my hands on them.  They now have the perfect amount of chippiness.  I didn't need to touch the third door from the left.  Now the green door has caused a little bit of frustration.  A lot of instagram and facebook friends say that they like it as is.  I do not.  The paint is not lending itself to chipping, either.  I hate the stain down the center from where it sat in the rafters.  And no, I can't just turn it over.  It's a really nasty stained white on the other side.  And... if I actually had chose a wedding color - it would be this green.  So, what should I do to it?  I'm afraid of sanding it, as the distressing won't match the others.  I really don't want to paint it.  I need help from all you genius furniture refinishers out there!

About 3 months until the big day.  I bet you guys are ready to see all the stuff I've been buying for it.  I haven't shared a lot of it.

 Have a good week!  Hope you're all enjoying your summer as much as I am.


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