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What Am I Bid For These Treasures?

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, Motor Man and I attended an auction Saturday. We learned that items from my late aunt and uncle’s estate would be included. These were my cousin, Lona’s, parents.

We were on our way out of town well before dawn, driving the 50+ miles to the farm where the auction was being held.  If you must be up and on the road that early in the day, it helps to have a beautiful morning for a drive.

foggy fence sunrise

One item in particular was the reason I wanted to be at this auction, and I’ll write about that soon in a future post.  The day was filled with emotion and unexpected found treasures.

Friends of ours (who were also friends with Lona and her parents) came to the auction, too.  There were actually two auctions being held at the same time, so it was nice to have our friends keeping an eye out for items they thought we may be interested in.

Although I have attended a couple of auctions, I had never actually bid on anything……until Saturday. A quilt was to be first.

This quilt carries the Sundae seal of approval

This quilt carries the Sundae seal of approval

As the bidding for the quilt began, my friend, unbelievably, noticed embroidery in the margin. When I saw the names, I knew I needed to bid on it. Bennie and Doris were Lona’s parents. Bennie was my mom’s brother, and Martha was one of their sisters.

embroidery on quilt

There was a showcase nearly filled with costume jewelry. Our friend noticed a tiny box containing lapel pins attached to handwritten notes.

jewelry box

Rather than auction the entire showcase at once (which was my fear), we were told by the auctioneer to choose whatever items we were interested in, and we could bid on those.  I was the only bidder for this little box, which I didn’t really examine before buying. Inside were three pins, but I was brought to tears when I could actually read what was written on the note on top.

note about Nettie

Lona’s maternal grandmother was my dad’s sister, and Nettie McGuriman was their mother. She passed away many years before I was born.

A basket containing photos, old letters (some from World War I) and postcards was another find.  And among the family photos was one that I had borrowed from Aunt Doris years ago to scan. Motor Man’s sister is compiling a book on old country stores in our area, and is interested in including this photo in the book.  My scan of it from years ago wasn’t of a high enough resolution to be book-worthy.  After Aunt Doris’s death, Lona and I searched and searched for this original – with no luck.  I didn’t realize it was in the basket until Motor Man and I were driving home.  We came so close to losing it forever. (More tears.)

pic at grandma's store

That’s Lona, as a baby, with her parents. My late sister, Rose, is sitting on the counter to the left. (Written on the back of the photo are the names and date, along with ” whose legs and feet are these?”.)  It was taken in my Grandmother’s store on Christmas Day in 1954. Beside my sister is the roll of butcher paper Grandma used to wrap hoop cheese and bologna she sold. Along with that, I also remember that old stove, barely visible, to the right.  The box on the floor appears to have torn wrapping paper on top, most likely a recently opened Christmas gift.

Also found, linens, most likely embroidered by Aunt Doris.


And crocheted doilies.  I have to wonder if any of these might be Nettie’s handiwork?


I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to keep these items in the family.  And also thankful to our friends for not only getting us the information on where and when the auction would be, but also for being there with us as extra “eyes”.

The two of them, and of course, my Motor Man, were my emotional support through all those tears.

~These Days Of Mine~

These Days R5F

Apparently, it’s been a very uneventful week in our little corner of the world. I’m struggling to find five random thoughts today. But it IS Friday, and the show must go on…

1.) Wednesday, I stopped in Marshall’s flag shop and made some autumn flag purchases. There are many beautiful selections, and I had a difficult time deciding which one(s) I should bring home. This was one of my choices.

fall flag

2,) That picture was taken yesterday morning during golden hour. And as I finished taking the photo, I heard a familiar sound:  Antoine “snorting” hello to me.

antoine morning

 3.)  Recently, I was contacted by a web-site designer for a town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, asking if he could use one of my photos on their web-site.  I, of course, said yes and consider it quite an honor. I should give Motor Man credit for recognizing a photo op.  He pointed this out to me during one of our trips to the beach and said that it would make a pretty picture.

fristo photo

4.) Birthday dinner this evening for a friend, and we’ll gather afterward at our house for dessert and birthday gifts.  I’m pretty sure a good time will be had by all.

5.) Motor Man and I plan to attend an estate auction tomorrow; something a little different for us.  Friends are going with us, and the weather is looking nice. I’ll share details next week.

So, how about your week?  Busy or quiet?  Could you come up with five randoms?

~These Days Of Mine~