Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Tuesday Night At The Auction

About 6 years ago I left a small West Texas town to move to the big city of San Antonio. My husband Adam had grown up here and decided right after I found out that I was pregnant with our daughter McKenzie, that he wanted to go to Law School. So, I was induced two weeks early so that she would be old enough to move to San Antonio, a week before he started school. Well, having two young children and starting school, you could only imagine that there was no money, so we had to live with Adam’s family until we were able to find a place of our own.
In the mean time, I began to learn more about my mother in law. She loves to collect things and has a verity of collections ranging from dishes, vintage table clothes, and rugs. She enjoys going to the local auction on Tuesday nights. She once told me that sometimes she just likes to watch the items sell. Sometimes they will go for a great deal, and other times they can get “bid up” by someone who just really wants the item.

The first time that I went was on a French themed night, this is how I fell in love with French Country Antiques. I found a beautiful bedroom set with a triple door armouire, two night stands and a dressing table. They split the items up so that I had to bid on them seperatly. I had won the nightstands for $50 and the large armoire for $300. Adam thought that we didn’t need the dressing table at the time, so I let that go to someone else, I had always regretted it. I must add that I’m not one for matchy matchy. But I will buy things and pull them apart, and use them in other places in my house.

Anyway, back to the auction, Diane said that she was going to go for a little while last night, and I asked her if she minded if I tagged along. She said sure. I went to the preview and found two different sets of nesting tables that I liked, one set was French, and the other Queen Ann style. I opted for the Queen Ann style so that it would blend with the other French pieces that I have in my living room, but once again not too matchy.




This is what I won: A set of Three Nesting Table, I am just using two of them in the living room, the height is perfect with my little French chair. Yes, that is the chair from the “Ugly Chair Parade.” I want to recover it before Oct. We have family coming in to town, I don’t want to scare them off.–Cheers, Amy



Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality is having a party!

25 comments:

J.L. said...

HI there, love your site- so fun! I'm new to the blogging world, so please stop by and see me! I have added your blog to my site - hope you don't mind.

I "know" Karin from GI - the private deco forum.

What part of West Texas are you from? Hubby and I love West Texas people!

Blessings,
Sassy

KARIN said...

Oh, I was scared to look at your blog today, because I just KNEW you bought something cute last night!!!! And you did. How cute!! Love it!

(can NOT believe we didn't get any rain )

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Amy, that's a gorgeous French armoire! And what a steal it was. Those nesting tables are pretty cute too. You might want to add a link on this post back to the Yardsale/Thrifting party on my blog so others can find it.

Thanks for playing!
RHoda

linda t said...

Love your favorite find!
And love your blog!

KKJD1 said...

How fun to find great buys and items we love! the tables are pretty. Blessings, Karen

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

You found some great buys there! They all look great in your photos! Nothing like getting a bargain like that is it?
Diane

deputyswife said...

That armoire is beautiful and it was a great price!

Darlene said...

Gorgeous armoire and nesting tables.....great finds on beautiful items.

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi, I believe this is my first visit! I have enjoyed it! The armoire is gorgeous and the nesting tables are so cute! I love auctions! :) ~Rhonda

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I love your story, and I'm new to your blog from Rhoda's party!

GREAT armoire!! About the dressing table - Don't you hate when you think about the "one that got away"?

ceekay said...

I love nesting tables. I don't have any, but they are so neat and can be used so many ways! Great find.

Debbie said...

Oh Amy, That French armoire had me at HELLO! What a gorgeous piece! Love your nesting tables too!

BailiwickDesigns said...

The armoire is beautiful! I love the nesting tables, too. ::Jill

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What great nesting tables, and I love the armoire and story of how you began your love of antiques!

Jeanne said...

Good for you, for getting the bargain bug from your mother-in-law. and you caught on quick. Love your lovely pieces. I love auctions too.

Jeanne

Bella said...

I love your tables...love that lamp, too!

Nice to meet you,
Bella

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

LOVE the armoire, and the tables . Don't you just love auctions ? I do too .

nikkicrumpet said...

WOW that armoire is a REAL TREASURE....now off to snoop around your blog some more!

Melissa Wertz said...

I love the nesting tables. Great job on winning them.

thestonerabbit said...

I loved your story about going to the auction and buying the country french furniture! Your nesting tables are great as well! I must've missed the "ugly chair parade"---that sounded like fun! Dana

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Beautiful armoire! Way to go on the all great finds!! The nesting tables are great too!

Karin

p.s. I noticed there a few Karin's or Karen's commenting on your blog. How funny is that.

deepfriedapplepies said...

Gorgeous! That's all that comes to my mind.. Thanks for sharing!

Cara

Beverly said...

Those are beautiful pieces. You have some great finds there.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Oh..I Need a new armoire...or any armoire...we don't even own one and I want yours.:)

bj said...

I love your pretty blog...
so glad I found you! I'll sure be back and hope you will drop over and see me sometime...
bj