|Block detail from one of the star quilts|
We went to one last weekend and I thought you might like to see some details.
What does this block have to do with the auction? Well...there were quilts at the auction. This was a consignment auction, meaning anyone can consign items - it wasn't just one household.
Unlike an online auction you get to see who's bidding and buying, always interesting.
|Front of the room during preview period|
If you arrive early enough, you can inspect the items before the auction - the auction preview period. This is auction was at a county fairgrounds and all of the items were brought in early that morning.
You register, and are assigned a buyers number - this paper 'tag' is what you hold up when placing a bid.
Each item auctioned is a 'Lot' with a lot number. At this auction the auctioneer did not go in numeric sequence by lot number.
|7" Doll dresser and 12" glass front cupboard|
My rule is I always decide my top price before bidding starts. Otherwise, in the heat of the moment when you only have a second to decide...really one second - you know your top dollar.
Besides the winning bid price there is a buyers premium (generally 6-30%) plus state sales tax.
All of this is paid when you check out - in this case - cash only.
|One of four textile 'walls'|
This is one of the quilt 'walls' on wheels.
When this side was completed, the wall was wheeled around to the other side - also filled with quilts.
Would you like to see a few detailed pictures of the quilts?
|Coverlet border detail|
I have a small collection of coverlets
|Interesting piecing - created a nice secondary pattern when the quilt|
was viewed from a distance
|Star quilt with zig-zag sashing|
|Embroidery detail 1914 quilt with initials and horseshoes|
|One of the star quilts|
Gray coping strips added to some of the star blocks
hand pieced and hand quilted
Or is it more ... what happens at the auction stays at the auction?
Have a great weekend - Dawn