Remember the Kitchen table and chairs we found at an auction in New Haven, IN? Here is the final look. Mikey worked very hard to sand down all of the chairs and the table and then we painted each piece with a white eggshell paint. Typically we put a bright green table cloth over the table, a wedding gift, to really brighten up the room and to match the kitchen with the dining room.
Tip #3 Want to feel an extreme boost of confidence? Go to an auction, bid (only on things you like) and win.
On Monday afternoon/evenings there are auctions held in New Haven, IN. My Fiance, Mikey, called me and told me he saw a great table and chair set at this flee market in New Haven. Mikey has never been to a good old fashion red neck auction, which is perfect, lucky for me I grew up going to auctions every weekend. The table and chairs are shown in the pictures above and I bet you can’t guess how much I got them for?? $30. I will post a picture of what it looks like after we paint it, but I was thrilled to have won it that cheap. I also spotted a cabinet that I thought had amazing structure and since I was waiting for my future-father-in-law to pick up the table and chairs for me I decided I would move right along with the auctioneer and bid on it too. Again, I think you will be shocked at how cheap I got this vintage solid wood cabinet? $2.50! I’m serious! I warn you now when you win something that is that beautiful and that cheap you will need someone to pop your big-head because I felt awesome. I have cleaned it up since this photo was taken and I will post a before and after blog once we paint it again giving you the total price. I hope you feel inspired to go to an auction. The first time might be intimidating, but I assure you I can answer any questions you may have.
Once you arrive to an auction you first need to register and get a number, this process is free, they take down your address and make sure you are who you say you are, LET THE BIDDING BEGIN! Once you have your number then scope out the place for any gold items you might want to bid on. After you have identified the items you are interested in you wait (patiently, sometimes this process is forever long) and once the auctioneer approaches your item (make sure you know she/he is auctioning off the right thing) and then bid.
Just a couple things about auctions:
You don’t have to start bidding at the first number the Auctioneer throws out, for example the Auctioneer started the cabinet at $15. He will gradually go down until someone starts bidding, that is how I got it for $2.50.
This process happens really quickly so if you get overwhelmed easily, I would suggest watching the process go down. Stay calm.
A hillbilly auction (which is where you will find awesome things extremely cheap) is not like the movie auctions, the auctioneer will make eye contact with you to know you are bidding on something, I promise when you scratch your nose you won’t be bidding for an item accidentally.
GOOD LUCK and Go get ’em.