Friday, November 6, 2009

Auction Scores and RAOK

As our home begins its third month of updating and remodeling, I am slowly unpacking and rediscovering things that I put away for safekeeping during the addition to the house.  About a month ago, I took my Mom to a "Gigantic Glassware Auction".  With a title like that, how could I resist?  Last night I unpacked a few of the things I won. 

My favorite item has to be this little chimney sweep bank.  It was in a box lot with some other ceramic things, mostly duds, but I did find a few gems toward the bottom.  I haven't decided yet if I can part with it to list it on Etsy.

In the same box lot was this planter/vase that I thought was interesting.  Maybe what drew me to it was the marking on the bottom:  "To Roberta, Christmas 1971".  My first name is Roberta and my first Christmas was in 1971.  Maybe that's why I'm attached to it!

In another box lot of linens was this really pretty tablecloth.  I haven't washed it yet, but it seems to have never been used.  There is no wear and the colors are really bright.

The best part of the day had to be the RAOK (Random Act of Kindness) that I witnessed at the auction.   In a lot I won were five or six vases and then a couple of odd pieces thrown in.  One of the odd pieces was a clear refrigerator dish lid with vegetables on it. Sitting in front of us was a lady completely surrounded by all kinds of glassware.  My Mom noticed that in one of her piles was a clear refrigerator dish with no lid.  She said "that must be where the lid belongs".  I looked, and she was right.  I walked up to her and offered her the lid, explaining that I bid on the box for the vases, and didn't have a use for the lid.  She was so surprised, she said "why don't you take the dish so you can have the set together?"  I thanked her and happily joined my lid with her dish.  At the cashier table toward the end of the day I thanked her again.

 Auction Karma!

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