Over the weekend I went to an auction of a longtime antique dealer who was liquidating her lifetime collection of store stock. I have purchased things from her over the years in her little country home, but she's now in her 90's and was ready to get out of the antique business. The auction was held right on her property, which was a lovely setting. The weather was absolutely beautiful, a perfect Michigan summer day.
When I drove up to the property, I parked my van at the top of a small hill as directed. Once I started walking toward the auction setup, this is what I saw:
As I got closer, I couldn't believe my eyes! I've never seen so much stuff at one auction....
Row after row of tables, filled with boxes of ceramics, china, books, and glassware. Dozens of framed prints hung on a fence. An amazing sight!
Rows of chairs with boxes of framed art on top:
There weren't many people at the auction, so prices were low. I must admit there were a lot of flea market quality items mixed in with some treasures. Much of the china and glassware had some damage, too, requiring careful inspection before bidding.
The auction was held by Stanton's Auctioneers and Realtors. The image below shows framed art work and many empty frames in front of the auctioneer's trailer:
I came home with several boxes full of framed prints, too:
This cool print from 1961 depicting a NASA experimental spacecraft came from the auction. It will go in my "Mantiques" booth at the Livingston Antique Outlet in Howell, Michigan:
Besides the auction acquisitions, I found some things at a recent estate sale, including this painted wash stand:
My brother found this oil painting recently. Although untitled, I think it should be named "The Buck Stops Here."
I found some kitschy bowling trophies to put in my "Mantiques" booth:
These chippy painted chairs came from a barn sale:
More miscellaneous items:
I bought this beautiful Art Deco era print as a birthday present for myself. It's titled "Love Letters":