Bit by the Auction Bug!

Yesterday I got my first taste of what it’s like to be at the James Beck Auction in Fakenham and I’m officially HOOKED!

Each Thursday at 11 am the bidding begins. Nearly all the times the items open with a bid of 1 pound…then back and forth the item increases until the final bid is done.  It takes about 20 seconds of that for each item.  I had a few items I had my “eye on” with the hopes of getting for cheap but they started the bid off on one at £120  I was confused at first as it was so much more of a starting price.  Other items which I’d love to have, sold for only £10 pounds!!   These are some of my favorite items.

Very popular item – bid started at 30 and ended up around 60!
A favorite item of mine – sold for 50!
So wanted this… started at 120!! What??!! Never!!
Sold for 5!! yes, FIVE pounds!
Sold for 10 pounds!!  I really wished I had bit on it, as it would be a perfect 1/2 table aginst the wall! 

Some items were just a big boxes of junkie stuff, which went for a pound.  Then those people would just resell at Car Boot Sales or even larger pieces are sold on (UK version of Craigslist)  I always look on Gumtree daily for great finds, but now I’m going to see if any of the pieces I saw at the sale are listed there 🙂

I just learned that they have “preview” time the day before and they post photos of some of the items for sale on Tuesday here you can see some photos of the items which were sold this week.  Each item has a number and they go in order.  So if you see stuff in the 200’s which you’d like to bet, you could leave the building, head out to the market outside and then return.

Jeltje found a black board with fish print and as she is a Pisces, it was perfect – she scored it for £12!  I saw a set of 3 nesting tables which I wanted to have. I thought they’d be great painted and thought I’d go for them.  They were small enough that I could fit in my car and take with me…When it was my turn, I was nervous.  I got in and started raising my hand.  It started at 3 and then quickly went up in increments of two.. until we stopped at £16, but then he called out another 2 but I only said okay to £16.  Not sure how that happened as I thought I didn’t win but then the man looked at me at £16, shouted do I have £18, £18, £18 and the other person said no, then he looked at me and said sold at £18.  Not sure why, as I only agreed at up to £16.  Anyway, he asked my name, and I said Veenstra. .. what, Veenstra… huh? I then said HEP.. H…E…P the entire place laughed.

My first bid item – I won!!
Before photo – I’ll paint them soon.

As I put in several posts before, I’m addicted to and so many of my items pinned is “Painted Furniture”.   Here are some of my Nesting Table Inspirations.  I might put one upstairs in my room for a side table and then use only two next to the couch.  Also, I’m not sure what color I’m going to paint mine.  The white is classic and simple, but I’ll probably end up with a robin egg blue or turquoise or multiple colors or perhaps a bright yellow – it really all depends on what color the couch will be, etc.

Once you bid and win, you go to the window with your name and pay the cost plus 12% service fee.  They give you a slip and then you can pick it up that day before 5 or Saturday before noon – so a bigger car or access to a car is great.

Some other times which I’d LOVE to have bid on were huge.  Like a lovely couch went for only £30 pounds!!  If I had a big estate station wagon or access to a van, I’d probably buy more.  Perhaps our next car will be a minivan or estate 🙂

When I went back to get my stuff, I noticed that the numbers 103 & 104 were on my slip.  And I bid on 104 only.  So when I arrived, I found my 104 and 103 was a terrible box of light fixture stuff, which no one bid on so it rolls over into the next lot.  I told them man, no thanks, I’ll pass and you can sell next week.

I’m looking forward to next week and will hopefully get a few good steals.  I think I’ll have a set budget and only take cash so I’m not tempted and can see how much I get.  I’m sure we’ll fill up our new house in no time!!

The Market has a combination of foods like cheese, fish, eggs, bread and grains, but also junk tables too.

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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