Thursday, March 10, 2011

Going Once, Going Twice...

If you've been around Toile in the Family for very long, you know how much I love a good auction. Since my recent "blued" dining room, I thought I share with you the things in there that I got from various auctions.
First up, Scarlett.

You've all met her. She's lovely and she was super cheap...$2. Really, that's not a typo. Now when I first met her she looked like she had a rough life in the fields of Tara, but you can read about her transformation here. Now she is as gorgeous as her namesake in her red garb.

Next is something that was a little more expensive. My curio cabinet, but I bought it exactly as you see it now (minus the stuff). It replaced my antique secretary which just didn't fill the long wall like I wanted. The curio was $190. But I think that is a pretty good deal.

On top of the curio is a huge red transferware platter. It was $25. I saw it online (which I will tell you about later) and went to the auction specifically for it.

I use alot of silver in my dining room. I pick up pieces at flea markets and auctions. Recently I got this silver tray and pitcher for about $25 total. I love the tray and the pitcher shined up beautifully!

Finally my favorite auction find(s) are these leaded glass windows.

I saw these online too and went on the prowl for them. I got the skinny one for $12.50 and the gigantic one for $32. I couldn't believe people didn't give me more of a run for my money. I didn't know what I was going to do with them, I just knew I had to have them. I love the big one hanging by the garage door. It always felt like you just "fell" into the room before. Now the window acts as a wall or divider of some kind.

I used to always just look in the paper for auction listings then show up hoping for something great (that was the case with Scarlett). But the discovery of a magical website opened up a whole new world for me. Many of you probably already know about this, but

You enter in a mile radius (I always go for 50 miles because I'm in a small town) then your zip code and wait for the magic!!

For example, here are some things that are going to be at an auction this weekend:

Wouldn't this be amazing painted white and distressed, then recovered with some great fabric??

I don't know what this is, but I love the legs on it!

I'm not sure how big this is, but I can image it holding blankets, pillows, magazines, firewood. The possibilities are endless!

Because I want to share the love, I'm going to link up with Crazy Domestic and share my secret. (Only because I think most of you are not from around here and won't be competition!!)

Go check out what kind of treasures you can find close by!


  1. Very cool post...LOVE those leaded glass pieces-wow! I have never heard of this auction site but I will head to see it when I get home from work. Thanks...LOVE your finds! xxoo Diana

  2. I was just going to say:
    who cares that you paid $190 for the curio... with the savings you made on Scarlet?
    great finds thanks for sharing the links.

    have a blessed time auctioning!

  3. Love your site. I am now your newest follower. Would love for you to follow me back!

  4. Those windows (doors?) are BEA-U-TI-FUL!! And $2 MUST be a typo. Unbelievable! I've never done auctions before - the word scares me - but I may just need to broaden my horizons. Looks like there are treasures to be found (my hubby will not be happy).


  5. Wow! you have a great blog with so many cute and creative ideas! I am your newest follower.
    thanks for stopping my my blog and entering my giveaway. Good luck!!!

  6. Thank you SOOO much for helping momma choose that Avocado Green for our door! Check out the blog for the latest pics on it! Love ya!



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