“People always say congratulations. When you’re a successful bidder it means you’re willing to spend more money than anyone else. I’m not sure if that’s congratulations or condolences.”
Eli Broad (American philanthropist and art collector, b1933)
TIME: 1:56 PM
PLACE: Auction house
I met a friend of HandsomeHusband’s and mine at an auction house this morning. I love going to auctions and rummaging through the boxes on the flatbed trailers, you never know what you are going to find. Even if I don’t buy anything (unlikely!), I like to watch and see what people are buying and what the stuff is going for. Sometimes I wonder if my life is going to be reduced to being spread out on several flatbeds with people bidding on boxes of my crap – if that’s the case, I hope I have good crap for them to bid on. I ended up buying a few things, including a tripod and an old Bell-Howard 8mm movie camera. But my favorite lot, that I only paid $5.00 for, is a set of Oneida Twin Star flatware from 1959. It included 11 forks, 12 spoons, 12 knives, 12 soup spoons, 4 casserole spoons, a pierced serving spoon and a pierced pie and cake server. Looking at the prices on Replacements.com, I think I did pretty good. I ran them through the dishwasher and they are now in the silverware drawer, ready to be used.