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Chris talks about AUCTION FEVER
9/10/08
I can't say that I have auction fever on a daily basis. I can't even say that I'm prone to feeling auction-needy during any particular time of the year. But, I can most definitely say that I get the "fever," when I walk into a building and hear the auctioneer calling out for bids. The quick-calling, fast-bidding and loot-hauling nature of it all is what gets me excited.  Then I'm reeled into the "thrill of the deal" and the "game" of the auction.

Just recently, I attended a preview of an auction for a building with friend and Cooper neighbor, Chris Henning.  Like a lot of auctions, more than the building was scheduled for sale.  I didn't intend on buying anything, but later scored a bunch of neat old retro chairs for about a buck a piece.
    

 
My "potato chip" chairs.  I named them this because the backs look like Pringles potato chips. They also stack so nicely.



My super-heavy-duty '70's retro-styled cushioned chairs.  They are destined to share space with the '70's fireplace we recently acquired from our neighbors.

It seems to me that you can always find a really cool item and good deal at an auction.  Any auction.  So, I put my theory to the test.  I called Jefferson neighbor, Dayle Erickson, who has a mostly commercial-focused public auction scheduled for this coming Saturday (a lot of construction, plumbing and electrical inventory).  I asked if I could preview his merchandise to test my theory.  He kindly agreed.

What I saw was a yard with cars, buses and even a commercial elevator lift!  I also entered a Morton building FULL of stuff, lots of stuff, from drills to a patented concrete form.  He even had a quirky shovel with a skillet attached to heat it (to melt snow as you go, I guess). 

But, did I prove my theory?  Was there also stuff for people like me?

Yes!  I found some really neat items that I would love to bid on and think would sell for some big bucks back in my old stomping grounds of Chicago.  I'll share them with you, below, even though I risk the chance that you may come and bid against me!  But, hey, that's the thrill of the deal and the game of the auction, isn't it?


Erickson's auction is this Saturday, 9/13, starting at 11 am on his property on Neola Avenue, just north of Hwy 30.
My Auction Picks and My Ideas ...
Note: This list in no way verifies that the items will be there on auction day, as the owner may choose to remove them. It also offers no assurance that everything works. You'll just have to ask for yourself!

antique outdoor lights

These would look great on our big white barn, especially the one with the goose-neck.
















a big pile of tongue-and-grove cedar paneling

Kevin could easily find a use for this inside one of his many building projects.















a classic metal desk with working time punch, time card holder and a full box of time cards

I could see the bottom section painted bright orange or lime green and used as a child's homework desk.  Kids would have fun playing "work" with the time punch. 

Or, the bottom section could be painted black for a sleek, sophisticated look in a home office.










metal milk crates

Look beyond the stuff inside. I could see these crates being used as storage units in a mud room or kid's toy room.  I could use these to haul supplies to and from Camp Coyote.  Better yet, they should go in the Milkhouse!



























wooden-handled metal rakes

These look like they are sturdy rakes.  You could just use them.  Or,  you could paint the handles and hang a few on a big wall for a big impact.















pellet stove

Why buy new when slightly used will do (as they say in a fitness equipment commercial), especially when it could go in a bunkhouse?















And last, but not least ...
an old Ford tractor

Dayle, pictured with the tractor, said that he thinks that it is a 1958 model and may be a collector's item.  He said it works "just fine" and started it up for me. 

We already have our Farmall C, but someone out there surely needs a new "toy"?


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