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This morning, Hubby and two grand-boys went off to an auction, leaving me home to  enjoy a day of laundry, cleaning and such with no interruptions.

They pulled in about 4:30, after I had all the animals taken care of for the day.

Hubby walks in, asks for a glass of tea, hands me the auction stubs and says, “I spent about a hundred dollars.”

I start looking through the ticket stubs, let out a yelp, grabbed my camera and ran to the truck!


There it was, 100_0040a beauty and a treasure!

All the attachments, extra bobbins and needles. the key to the top drawer, an extra belt, spools of thread marked 18 cents and some cardboard quilt templates were found inside the drawers.

100_0041The boys have it in the sewing room, I have plans for it!




Years ago, I learned to sew on one of these, and I have a gang of kids, grand and great that should learn to use one too.

Maybe, down the road, someone else will be pleased to own this treasure!


The dream machine

I like to sew, and someday would like to own my ‘dream machine’. No, it is not top of the line in technology! It is one like I learned to sew on back in the 1950’s.
An old Singer treadle machine.
Spring has arrived and it is the beginning of auction season. We were at one today, there was an older model treadle machine in the sale.
I looked it over and drooled a bit. Even though some parts were missing the machine itself was in working order, and I am sure the bobbin, bobbin case and other parts could be obtained somewhere.
These are in demand I know and I also wondered what had happened to two others that had been converted to tables on top of the metal treadle frame.
I stepped back to watch after the price went beyond my budget, this machine sold for over $400! It was not meant for me this time. Maybe someday, who knows?
Ayoung Amish man, accompanied by four small boys bought it. That makes sense, since they do not use electricity.
I hope his wife gets it fixed and gets many more years of use from it.
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Saturday. Hubby and I joined another couple and went to an auction.

We had a lot of fun!  At one point there was a lot put in containing a clothes hamper, some crutches and other odds and ends, no bids, so the ringmen kept adding items until there were some shelving units and curtain rods I actually wanted. So I bid, only to discover that my friend was also bidding on this lot…

A bit later, Hubby and her husband were bidding against each other for another item! It happens!

I woke up this morning with a sore throat, and cold symptoms – I don’t remember bidding on anything like that!

My friend Wanda and I went to an auction today. That’s not news, we have done it before.

Usually We really enjoy auctions; this one was a bit different. According to the sale bill, it was an estate auction, whit a lot of interesting items, and that was quite true. Whaat was not known from the sale bill is that the auction included everything in the estate and unhapy relatives were bidding for things they felt ‘rightfully theirs’.

More than once, we heard the comment, “I don’t care how much it costs, so and so is not going to get it”. The auctioneer, I thought tried to co-operate with the family, often breaking up sets of things and selling them one at a time.

Things brought odd amounts, some went for astronomical sums, purchasing new would have been cheaper. Things you might expect to go ‘high’ did not.

We bid on a few items, came home with none.

It was an interesting day, one I will remember. Not for the sale, but for the ‘adult’ behavior.