Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Auction Finds

Before spending Sunday snapping beautiful spring photos of my neighborhood (if you didn't see them, check out yesterday's post), Adam and I woke up bright and early and headed to an auction held in nearby New Jersey

It began promptly at 8:30AM, and I insisted that we arrive by 8AM to peruse the soon-to-be-sold merchandise. Nearly all in attendance were men...how strange. I'd only ever been to auctions surrounded by lots of women in my family (mother, grandmother, aunt), all of whom are auction experts!

So, now for the interesting part--what I walked away with. You may be disappointed that we didn't fill our little sedan to the brim with cheap and weird findings, but I did score a nice $2 pagoda-shaped wicker end table/magazine rack. 
Let me tell you right now, I spotted this piece as soon as we walked in. I was smitten. Totally, insanely in love.
I know what you're thinking, "Ashley, this is heinous!"

To that I say, "Bite your tongue. My little pagoda table just needs some love and some Montana Gold spraypaint." FYI: I'm using the MG paint in "Petrol".
My new little table isn't the only piece I purchased this weekend, though it is the only item I won at the auction. On Saturday, we stopped by the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Pennsauken, NJ.

Ever the planner, I found this chinoiserie twin-sized headboard "for the future". "For the future" is the phrase I use to convince Adam that I need to buy something for our future family.
9 times out of 10 it usually works, too. 
How much? $12. My "future" daughter is going to love this!

Lots and lots of goodies were had this weekend for mere pennies. 
I've definitely been bitten by the auction bug and am excited to go again.

For you auction experts out there, what are some of your favorite auction finds?


  1. The pagoda magazine rack is sweet I like it as is but that's just me I bet it would look great spray panited. What color are you thinking???

  2. love the headboard. Glad to hear the Habitat place is a worthy trip.

  3. Fabulous finds...love them both and would have snagged them as well! Incredible prices too!

  4. The pagoda magazine rack is a really interesting piece! Can't wait to see what you do with it. And keep sharing about these unheard of (to me anyway) thrift shops and antique auctions. I'll be putting them on my "must see" list. I was drooling over the deals at IMPACT!

  5. Loving your finds! The gold will look killer!

  6. Bri--I bought "Petrol" (a deep, dark, cynical turquoise) for the table. I contemplated keeping the original finish, but I like new and shiny more than I like old and faded.

  7. i like your finds and can't wait to see what you do with them!

  8. Love these finds, Ashley! I'm a sucker for anything Chinoiserie! And thanks for the comment on my table. I'll keep that dolphin info in mind. My sorority in college had a dolphin as its mascot/symbol. Hmm. We were all very intelligent, of course.

  9. I love your finds! And I love "for the future" phrase! Must use it more often to convince my hubby.

  10. $2 whatta steal! That is such an insane buy and I cannot wait to see how it develops! I'm sure there's tons of local auction houses in OC but I've never been...but itching to buy! Now I'm inspired, thanks for sharing!

    Btw, Haute Khuuture just celebrated the 1-year mark and I'm celebrating with a HUGE giveway! Would love to see you stop by when you get a chance!

    Happy Tuesday!


    Haute Khuuture Blog

  11. What great finds. That bed is going to be so nice.

  12. love both pieces and love that you shop for the future!

  13. hot finds! Love what you did with that side table!!


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