Auction Action, great buys...

Last weekend was one of our favorite auctions, Wilson and Terry. We made a point of attending as we had seen two great rugs and a wonderful old fountain of a cherub straddling a shell. The thing about auctions is this, first if you have a gambling problem, do not get a bidding number, and second, spend time looking during the preview, as you have no possibility of returning an item that isn't what you thought it was! I can attest to this as I have made both mistakes, most notably one a few years ago, when I accidentally bid on the wrong lot and ended up with a horrible birdcage and oriental shelf unit when I thought I was bidding on something else entirely!( I use the awful birdcage at Halloween)But this one was a wonderful experience! We got both rugs, one is a lovely ivory oriental with gold and sage and rust, 10x12 for the holly room which we purchased very well and finally the piece de resistance, a magnificent silk and wool hand tied 11x13 for the living room which means I get to redecorate! I am so excited, now I can shop for a new couch and drapes and make a wonderful change to one of the most important rooms at the inn! We have over the past decade upgraded all the rooms, all the time as we find items that either improve a layout and function, or replace less wonderful things, but I did not really consider the living room until this purchase. Then I realize how much I have come to just sigh and then walk away when confronted by the couch which was one of our first purchases for the inn. What a debacle from the start. It is a Thomasville from the Bogart collection and is very dramatic, but after being promised delivery in 4 weeks which stretched into 6 months and failing to allow for the dramatic curve, it always has been a sore spot. Hard to decorate around and even harder to ignore...now I yearn for down cushions to cuddle in, and a very long couch centered under the windows... maybe space for a game table.... Oh the joy of change! Oh the joy of shopping!!!!

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