Auction Adventure…

Yesterday Kent and I headed off to an auction…


We have been going to auctions all our married life and many of our treasures were acquired by putting up our hands at the right time and keeping them up just long enough for everyone else to get tired!


About eight years ago we actually sold our farm by auction… it was a very exciting and nerveracking experience… but that is a story for another day!


The auction yesterday was being held at an arena.

We walked in and I scanned the room while Kent got a bidder number.

( Auction tip of the day… always get two copies of the bidder Number so if you get separated you can each bid… learned that one the hard way!)


This is what I saw while I was waiting for Kent…


Mirror Alert


I had read the listing online and knew there were a few things that would suit some client projects we are working on… and a few things I was interested in myself!


One of which was a glorious hoop top mirror… sigh, gasp, sigh again…


I was good, you would have been proud of me.

I didn’t run over and gawk at it like a kid looking in a candy store window…

I walked patiently down the line of furniture, stopping to examine several things.

Then we got to the end of the arena…

It was even better than I thought!


Mirror at auction


I may have whimpered… I’m not sure.

I snapped a pic and moved on…


Cynthia at auction


That unique narrow cupboard that I am standing in front of actually opened up at the back… turns out it is for hanging quilts!

The huge flat wall cupboard was rumoured to be from the linen department of the T.Eaton store…  

And that bake table had me at HELLO…


There were tables and tables of smalls… dishes, crocks and glassware. I got a few pressed glass goblets to add to my collection.

It took quite awhile to get to the furniture…

I must confess, I am usually pretty professional at these things…

I usually keep my emotions to myself, but when Kent put up his hand one last time and the auctioneer said 



I giggled, truly, I did!

My feet did a little happy dance right there in the middle of the arena surrounded by farmers, local folk and a bunch of antique dealers…


I didn’t even care!


As it turns out, I am really glad I did show my joy because it prompted a very quiet timid looking elderly man to come over.


He told us that this was his sale… his personal treasures being sold.


It gave me such joy to be able to tell him that we had built a house around a salvaged hoop top door and that this mirror was going to have a place of honour right there beside it… one hoop top beside the other!


Would you like to see how it looks?



Mirror at Hoop Top House


I just love it!


mirror for living room at hoop top house



close up of hoop top mirror


The curves are so very pretty…


mirror closeup


It was quite a challenge to get it hung up… This beauty is no light weight!


Emmitt looking in mirror


Emmitt seems to approve.


It was a fun day. We found a few other things that will be making there way onto the blog in the coming weeks!


Oh, And that bake table…


Bake table at Hoop Top House


Yes well, It needed a new home and I just couldn’t let it down!

You didn’t really think I would have left it behind did you?


If you have never gone to an auction you should give it a go!

It is a fun way to spend the day… and you never know what you might find!

I would love to hear your auction stories if you have any…

Just scroll down and share your best and worst auction adventures!


  1. Love your door and I’d be just as excited to find a mirror that matched it! We don’t go to many auctions, but I never come home empty handed when we do. 😉

  2. Wow, it does look awesome in your home. It is perfection. You scored on both pieces.

  3. That mirror is PERFECT in your home, matching the lines of the door! I really love that the owner of these items came over and introduced himself. That makes your purchases that much more special!

  4. That mirror is just gorgeous, Cynthia!! What an amazing find and I love the story behind it! {I adore the table too!}.
    xo, Claire

  5. See…I noticed that right away. I knew you liked it because of the curves…or HOOP! I have never gone to and auction before. Uh oh…Rick’s in trouble. How nice that you were able to meet the older man that owned it too. Very special…great eye girl.

  6. Congrats on finding your treasure!

  7. I love this story! It’s the best feeling to find a piece that makes your heart sing. And wow does it fit well with your home!

  8. Forget to mention I’m green with envy over your find – shared on my FB page today!

  9. I just love the mirror, looks perfect where you hung it. The baker’s table would have been my weakness! I’m always looking for a great table to work at in my studio, that and storage! I go to an auction near my home on a semi-regular basis. My husband always cringes when I go, lol. If others haven’t gone they need to give it a try. It’s so much fun and don’t be intimidated with the bidding process. Talk to people around you, most are more than happy to give you pointers! And always try to go to the previews. If you ask the people that work there they usually can give you a good idea of what items might sell for so you have a general idea of what you might have to spend. One last tip, don’t forget what ever you buy, you will have to add on the auction house’s percentage that they get for selling! Oh, and also be sure to decide up front what you are willing and can afford to spend. If the price goes over, you have to make yourself stop! Have fun!!!

  10. i would have done my own happy dance! Great find – and love how it mirrors the curves of your door!

  11. Score! The mirror is the perfect complement to your front door. I love the symmetry that it brings to that wall. And I love the warmth of the wood…on both the mirror and the door. Beautifully done!

  12. Oooh! That is a seriously nice mirror. Great score! And your pup is adorable :)

  13. That mirror is gorgeous there, perfect for that spot! That auction looks like it would have been fun, I wouldn’t have left empty handed – that’s for sure!

  14. Oh Cynthia! I’m so glad you got it! AND….it looks perfect where you put it! Looks like Emmitt either like it….or himself! I’m kinda thinking they’re both really good candidates for approval! Thanks for sharing! ~Tammy

    • Hi Tammy,
      It was fun chatting with you via FB while we were at the auction… I am glad you like it and Emmitt :)

  15. Fabulous find!! Looks lovely.

  16. What great finds! The auction looked like so much fun. I have been to a few in the past but felt a little to intimidated to bid. Maybe I’ll have to give it another try!

  17. Dianne Gingrich says:

    I just love that mirror! It looks gorgeous hanging on your wall.
    It looked like the auction had lots of neat stuff.

  18. Emitt is sooo cute! The mirror is beautiful and I loved the story of the old man that had owned it!

    • Hi Anne,
      Emmitt is a cutie and a real ham! So glad you liked the back story about the gentleman who’s auction it was! I will remember him often when I look at the mirror!

  19. Cynthia! Just stunning! I adore it! I have a real weakness for windows and I must say that is gorgeous! I’ve never gone to a real live auction, not sure how I would act… I tend to get excited! 😉

    Thank-you for sharing that beauty with us!

    Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.


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