As summer draws to a close and the car booty season slowly grinds to a halt now is the time that I like to visit auction house general sales. Sometimes they are a load of old tut just like the booties but sometimes there are little treasures to be found. Last Friday we popped over to Tring Market Auctions for the viewing day of Saturday's sale ..... a bargain hunter's dream ... table upon table and box upon box of china, glass, brass, old, modern, treen, plastic, toys, books, prints and mirrors. I had a good mooch around and earmarked some lots that looked interesting and then came away to have a think about what to bid. The secret of buying at auction is to work out in your mind the maximum price that you are prepared to pay and STICK to it! It's so easy to get carried away when attending the auction in person but now there is a facility to leave online bids so I took advantage .... I left four bids on one lot of linens & textiles, one lot of collectors Christmas plates, one lot of mixed china and glass and two lovely prints. Leaving bids online left me free on Saturday to go to the car boot and do some shopping and then it was just a matter of a telephone call to see if I had been successful .... and I had. The box of linens was mine so all I had to do then was pop back to the auction to pay and collect. Here they are .... all freshly laundered and pressed ..... embroidered table covers, place mats, napkins, table runners, tray cloths, Viking rugs from Norway ... I find this strangely satisfying and will be keeping some for home use and re-cycling others. There will also be some put up for sale in my blogshop ... if anything catches your eye please let me know.