I love auctions. They are great places for rummaging around to seek out a bargain or two and for those of us who prefer to thrift rather than waste our money on the high street they make a perfect day out. Today I went to Tring Market Auction for the first time in ages and I must say I got a little carried away! The secret of buying at auction is to look carefully at the lots you are interested in and set yourself a limit because it is so easy to keep putting your hand up and also remember that fees and VAT have to be added to the hammer price. I had a good rummage before the start of the sale and carefully marked down the lots that I was interested in and then took my place.
My first purchase was this lovely black and white print by Arthur J Elsley called As Good As Ever ... he painted the original in 1912 as an advertisement for Bovril (the original oil painting sold in the USA for $419,200 in 1996).
The next lot on my list was four boxes of mixed china, glass and miscellaneous items ....
Then came a box of mixed silver plate and glass
then a box of mixed including a Royal Crown Derby Imari Serving Fork
and then this non-descript old suitcase which was tucked under a table
just look what was inside and nobody else wanted them so I had to bring them home ...
and finally I couldn't resist this doll's cot and vintage baby high chair
I'll be back with another post tomorrow when I have had a good sort through and have finished cleaning everything.