As I mentioned, the plans for my birthday last week were entirely based around treasure hunting. Saturday night, Zach and I went to an auction in Plymouth. I’ve mentioned this auction before on the blog, and the last time we went, we left empty handed. This time though, things were VERY different!
We arrived at the auction and the place was packed with high quality items. There were Le Creuset pans still in the box, Lenox serving pieces, cool art, and LOTS of porcelain. If you’ve been following closely, I’ve been in the market for some baller-ass-rich-people porcelain. Now was my chance to get some, and because it was my birthday, I could drop some mad cash on it and not feel bad.
I bid pretty regularly during the auction, and won lots and lots of things. My first two purchases were Lenox:
You can’t really tell, but these pieces are HUGE. And the edges are 24K gold. The larger dish cost me $22 and the smaller one was $7. Let me just say now, that this is INSANE for Lenox. I was thrilled.
The low, low prices continued all night. I bought a lot which included an antique silver-plated serving tray, an old silver trinket box, and a super heavy metalware cake stand. I paid $5 total for all of it. I bid because the cake stand is by designer Michael Aram, whose work usually sells for around $250 new. I already have this on ebay.
At this point, we had been at the auction for a couple hours. The only negative about the auction is that it goes from 7pm until midnight, with no schedule of when certain items will go up for sale. I told Zach though that I had my eye on a particular porcelain rabbit, and that I would stay there all night.
The rabbit in question was a Herend, and in the hand-painted fishnet style. I had been coveting one of these rabbits on ebay, and even asked Zach a week before to buy me one. It was fate, this rabbit was to be mine.
When the rabbit finally went up for auction, it was paired with a Limoges trinket box. I was really worried because those dumb little boxes are SUPER collectible, so I figured a million people would bid.
But then the bidding started, and it was just me and this dude a couple seats down from me. I just kept my hand in the air, instead of raising and lowering it with each bid. I really wanted to look at the guy and yell, “STAND DOWN.”
But then he bowed out at $17. SEVENTEEN DOLLARS?! I was so shocked and thrilled. Zach said that the guy gave me death stare when I went to collect my goods, which made me savor the victory even more.
Here’s my little buddy:
And in case you are wondering if I made a good purchase, here are some recently sold Herend figures:
As for the Limoges box, it is already selling on ebay.
This entry is getting long, but the scores I had at this auction were never-ending. The last item I bought was this Royal Doulton rabbit bank. Ok, I obviously like rabbits, but look at this guy! So great.
This bank was my most pricey purchase of the night…a whopping $30. Obviously worth it.