Over the weekend I attended a special auction. An antique mall went out of business, and Americana Auctions, one of my favorite auction companies, was hired to liquidate the entire contents of the building which included fixtures and stock left by the owner of the mall.
The auction was held in St. John's, Michigan in a great old downtown building which used to be the J.C. Penney's store. Some of the old signage from J.C. Penney's was put on the auction block, as well as clothing and hat displays, showcases, jewelry, furniture, and everything in between.
I always loved the fancy brick work at the top of the old building:
The auctioneer, Glen Rairigh, calls bids faster than any auctioneer I know. You have to make snap decisions, but I'm pleased with most of my purchases. And I made A LOT of purchases.....
Here is a view of the crowd, and the auctioneer at the far end of the room, facing the group:
Some pretty items around the store. Everything was sold:
Many quilts were sold. I didn't buy any of them, because I hadn't inspected them:
But I bought plenty of other things, including these teddies:
I have a lot of unpacking to do! I purchased three old Victorian-era scrapbooks. Even though they are falling apart, I scan the images into my computer or color copy them for decoupage projects:
It's a good thing I have two eager helpers on hand while I go through the many boxes from the auction. It should keep us busy for quite a while!