June 29, 2008

Let's Go To The Auction

A few years ago hubby and I started attending auctions. We were lucky enough to have a local place that held auctions about once a month. You could "preview" at 3:00 and the auction started at 4:00 and would go until......

The first time we went we were looking for a sideboard for our dining room. On that particular day, we found two, and we bought both for a ridiculously low price.....after that we were hooked! Of course, we did not find such great bargains every time, but it seemed like we bought several things each time we went. Anything other than furniture or large-type items were called "smalls". We caught onto the lingo of the auction and learned to follow the auctioneer very carefully, trying not to bid against our own bid (I was bad about that!) and soon we were old pros! Even better, we met a lot of great folks who were as hooked as we were. Of course, there was also a great concession stand, with the standard hot dogs, chips, nachos, popcorn, soft drinks and homemade cakes of all kinds! A lot of times it was more social than anything, going to see our friends and eating!

All good things must come to an end and the auction was bought out by a group and eventually shut down due to poor management. We did not have anywhere to go after that. Then, the original owner decided to reopen at a new location and we've been attending sporatically every since. When I had my little antique booth, I had an "excuse" to buy but since I am not doing that any longer, I cannot always justify my purchases.

Today there was an auction and hubs was working a ball tournament so I took my little self on down to the auction.....let's see what all they had:

This china cabinet did not get auctioned off but I thought the lines of it were pretty

A little french provencial dresser

Camel back sofa in wonderful condition.....someone got it for $65! A steal in anyone's book!

Nice mahagony chest

Another nice french provencial dresser

Table, chairs and china cabinet sold for $475!

The lady in the red shirt was the lucky purchaser of the entire set

They said these chairs came from President Hardy's home (don't know if I believe that or not)

Gorgeous mirror sold for $25!


Nice antique love seat

More rugs

Now for the piece' de resistance'! This gorgeous french bed sold for $65! I could kick myself for not buying it for later use

The lady that bought the bed also got this piece....don't know how much it sold for cause I was picking myself off the floor for not buying the bed.....!

....BUT, I did get this to-die-for matching dresser (for $50) ....there was only one other bid besides mine!

Some kid went wild with a crayon but I don't think it will be hard to get it off

Up close top of mirror detail

Side of mirror

Although the chest has some chipped places and a little water damage, overall, it is very pretty. I plan on repairing that damage, getting paint mixed to match the current color, replace the knobs with glass ones, and put it......where? I have no idea but for that price, I could not pass it up. It will join its "sisters" in the storage building until needed.....

The next auction is July 19th held at Blue Ridge Auctions on Hwy. 231 in Wetumpka, Alabama. If you live anywhere close by, I would highly recommend that you attend if you enjoy this sort of thing.

June 23, 2008

Main Street Interiors

I'm so excited to share this post with ya'll! Last weekend my mom and I went to Prattville which was once considered the "bedroom" community of Montgomery. Now, Prattville is growing by leaps and bounds and is expanding so fast it's hard to keep up with all its new development. It still has that small town atmosphere that everyone loves, despite its growth. One of its most impressive and popular stores is Main Street Interiors. I have the pleasure of being related to its owners - Bill and Debbie Chiles. Bill is my cousin and he and my brother grew up together. Debbie is a talented lady who has always be successful in whatever she has done. A few years ago they opened their shop in a small storefront on Main Street in Prattville. It quickly grew in reputation and inventory to what it is today - two shops now known as Main Street Interiors. They specialize in developing interiors for individuals homes. The prices are very reasonable and you get that personal treatment not usually found in "big box" furniture stores. So, without further ado, let's take a little tour of Main Street Interiors....

This is the outside of the first location they moved to when they outgrew the smaller storefront location

The newest location just down and across the street

Here is Debbie herself creating one of her floral designs....she does most all of them herself but now has a helper Very simple but so pretty!
We'll just browse around now....take your time, there's lots of eye candy

I LOVE this black bookcase

For any of you close to Prattville, or if you happen to come through our part of the state, please drop by for a little visit. The store locations are at 156 W. Main and 125 W. Main Street, Prattville, Alabama. Bill and Debbie's sweet daughters, Holly and Heather, also work in the stores and Heather is pursuing a degree in interior design. If you do get by, tell them Judy sent you! You'll get a great big ol' hug and some wonderful southern hospitality!

After we left Bill and Debbie's, we went to a new flea market that had recently opened. This was the display as you entered the store

Some pretty "shabby chic" furniture

I'm glad ya'll were able to come along with me on this little outing...I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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