Today I popped over to the James Beck Auction in Fakenham with my in-laws. They had to buy some plants & stuff, so Nils watched Maebh, and I joined them. There was not too much there of interest to me online but some things you just want to see in person and then head out to walk around the market a bit.
There was a chimnea up for sale, but I didn’t see it and only just remembered it when I looked at the photos on their site – they go for 60 new so they probably got 14 or so for it. I think I’d prefer a fire pit with a mesh cover which would allow us to sit in a circle around.
First off there were some old men’s bikes which sold for a lot more than I thought they were worth – but then again, I don’t know anything about bikes, but when I see rusty chains and breaks, I think probably not a good buy. Again, while I was not at all interested in bidding on them, was curious how much they would fetch. One was a Boss Stealth (not sure good or bad or cheapo) but on Amazon.co.uk the msrp is £180 with a sale price of £140 and the guy picked it up for £60. A couple of the kids bikes, which in my opinion were crappy with rust and not worth much, went for £20 & £25 – both bought by the same guy. I’ll have to ask G’s husband Tom, who is a major bike guy.
There was a red Toyota Celica (?) up for sale too – again, not for me, but I left with no idea what they got for that car – I forgot to ask and there was way too many crowded around to get a good look.
Inside there were tons of tools and it this part took forever… each box was a lot number and loads of bidding… Some things he couldn’t give away!! I was about to leave and head out to the market and return later, when I noticed at the end of the tools was a box of items and some bags of fabric. I was only interested in the fabrics and didn’t know how much was quality stuff so I said I’d stay and go for it. I set a MAX bid of £2. A guy just next to me bid more and the lot sold for £6. So just out of curiosity, I asked the guy if he was after the fabrics, but tuns out he was only interested in the CAR magazines in the boxes next to the fabrics… so I asked him if he’d be willing to let me have the three bags of fabrics for £2 and he agreed!!
As suspected, there were some good bits of fabrics which I can easily use for pillows, buntings, etc. but there were some silky type fabrics, which I’m not sure what I’d do with them. Perhaps one day when I personally do a car boot (yes, I’m very serious – now if I can only get someone to accompany me) I’ll bring them along and dump the whole bag for £2 🙂 Some things inside the bag were funny like all these crocheted doily things.. and there is still one full bag of knitted squares.
All in all I think the fabrics which I yielded were worth £2 and some are very fun patterns. I ironed out all the pieces I wanted to use for buntings but didn’t get too far after that.
I then waited a bit where all the boxes of car boot sundries were sold and then the few children focused items were up for bid. I was only willing to bid a pound or two max for the one thing – a brown ride on stuff horse (similar to the one we had in Boston, which I put a photo of below. Only this one was shorter and fatter. Harvey has a ride on horse at his house which Maebh LOVES and talks about often. In fact, she named it Corielle, the horse which Soren took his first lesson. She loved her hippotherapy sessions with Klagon so much, I’d love to get the both of them in some sort of horse riding lessons here.
Anyway, an older woman, perhaps a Grandmother or a childminder, bid on all three ride on toys. One of them, the tricycle was up to nearly 20 when I walked away… no way would I pay that… plus it would be best for a kid who was 12-18 months vs a 3 year old so nothing for me.
This auction is a funny place to people watch. I often see a lot of the same guys there and either you like it or hate it. Today there was not much for me, but I was happy with my three bags of fabric for £2!