It's been quite some time since I attended an auction, so yesterday I decided to go to an auction near the town of Oxford, Michigan in the scenic Irish Hills area. The offerings included many advertising tins, signs, apothecary bottles, paper ephemera, and some furniture. I zeroed in on the product tins and bottles because they are always reliable sellers.
A grouping of colorful trade cards that I purchased:
Apothecary bottles at the auction site, waiting to be sold:
This large Indian maiden print sold for $175:
Here's a really great Sherwin-Williams sign that was purchased by someone else. I had a similar one that I sold several years ago:
The auctioneer and group of attendees. It's not as glamorous as Sotheby's.....
Our group may not be glamorous, but someone paid $1,100 for this hardware store cabinet:
I bought this box of toy cardboard houses. Although I usually avoid cardboard, these are very sturdy and the details are fantastic. I need to dust them off:
A box full of product tins that I purchased:
Although a bit rusty, I love this tin because of the graphics. It came home with me too:
It was a long day but well worth the hour drive. As I prepared to leave, my van got stuck in the mud. As I recall, I got stuck in the snow at the last auction I attended. I think I need to be more careful where I park!