23 January 2012

How-To Series: Learning Your Way Around an Auction - part II

Hello, friends!  Today we are back again visiting the big world of auctions in part II of our series "Learning Your Way Around an Auction."  If you didn't get an opportunity to read part I, you can do so here How-To Series

In part II, I will take you through the actual bidding process.  {Fun times are just ahead.  Woot!}


REGISTRATION
  
Once you have viewed & noted the items you plan to bid on, you will need to register with the auction house by providing some basic information & your tax ID number {if applicable}.  At that time you will be assigned a numbered paddle.  This will be your own personal number at this particular auction house.  From here on you own that number & it's yours alone.  {It's somewhat empowering to have your very own number!}  Each time you visit the auction house, you will give them your name.  In turn, you will be given a paddle with your number on it.


BIDDING

Now comes the really fun part, the bidding.  But first you must find a chair!  {I should have mentioned this in part I because it's oh-so very important, but assigning yourself a chair asap is a must if you want to get the best view of items coming up for auction.}  Don't take the first two rows if you can help it.  I find that I get missed by the auctioneer more often when I sit up front.  It's not intentional, it's just that he's looking out into the crowd.  My favorite rows are anything behind row two; and I prefer an aisle seat just for convenience. 

Bidding can be a bit daunting at first, but don't be intimidated.  When an item comes up, there may be many bidders bidding at the same time.  The auctioneer will randomly select two competing bidders at first to go to their highest bids.  Once one bows out, he will look for additional bidders to step in at a higher number.  Don't get discouraged if he doesn't acknowledge your bid at first - it's not that he is ignoring you, it's just that he is trying to weed out the lowest bidders.  If you are willing to bid above the last bidder, then raise your paddle as high as necessary to be seen.  You are now in the race!

At this point, it is imperative to keep a level head.  Remember your price point and stick to it!  The bidding will go quickly, and you must keep yourself calm in order to make a rational decision rather than an emotional one.  Have fun, but definitely don't overpay.

If you win the bid, the auctioneer will ask you to once again raise your paddle in order to record your bidder number into the computer.  Once you are done with all your bids, you can check out, pack your goods, & drive home basking in the glory of the mad bidding skills you used tonight & the awesome stuff you are taking home with you!

 
I know the whole auction thing can be a little intimidating at first, and there is a lot of information to take in.  But if you show up prepared, you are miles ahead of many bidders with whom you are competing against.  It's a confidence boost to have your "ducks in a row,"  and that's what I have tried to preapre you for in this series.  I hope you found it helpful.

At this point, you have made a list of the items you would like to purchase.  You have researched their value, and you have carefully inspected them.  You have found a comfortable chair in a great spot, and you have bidded successfully against your opponents!  Yay!  You successfully won at your first auction!  Now go check out & get to work packing up your wins!!!


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22 January 2012

Best of 2011 {Outdoor Projects}








It's the Saturday Night Special over at Funky Junk's blog, and the party going on is all about your favorite 2011 outdoor projects.  Outdoor projects?  Hmmm, I can definitely get into this one 'cause it's just my favorite thing to do!

I wish I had pic's of all of them, but here are a few of my outdoor projects from last year:

Restoring a pair of metal bird baths.  They went from rust to to lust after a few coats of spray paint.  Easy peasy & so pretty!

This 50's patio table was a major sanding project.  Lots of sanding.  I loved the vintage patina that was left behind, so I left it as-is & sealed it with a few coats of sealer.  Lastly, I put a wax coat on top to give a nice sheen.

But here's my favorite outdoor project of 2011:

The tabletop centerpiece I created as part of our outdoor holiday styling.  (Sorry for the ugly floor - this gilded beauty was an accessory at one of my shows.)
 
The planter was made by repurposing a metal foot stool that was "over-the-top" gilded in gold.  Waaay outdated & begging for a new life!  To make it, I removed the padded top and created a planter by lining the inside with chicken wire.  The wire was then lined with moss, a layer of potting soil was added, then a collection of playful winter pansies.  I just love the pop of color they give during the gray winter days - especially planted in this gilded planter.    

It was just another project made by recycling an outdated piece of furniture, and that's what I'm all about here folks!

Happy Sunday



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21 January 2012

Happy Weekend & a Fun Printout For You

Happy, happy weekend my friends!!!  A little gray & wet here in Atl, but I'm feeling pretty good about the day ;)

While drinking my a.m. cup o' coffee & perusing everyone's favorite idea board, Pintrest, I found the blog Can't Stop Making Things.  Gail is the curator and has some mad craft skills that I am completely jealous of.  {I mean, who comes up with all this awesomeness every day?}  I've decided to live vicariously through her & wanted to share the love so that all of us can enjoy.  Be sure to check out her blog - you'll be enviably impressed.

What drew me in was this great "Free Compliments" flyer she created.  It totally makes me smile.  I'm sure it will do the same for you.  You can view it on her blog {link above} & read her inspiration for the idea.  Below is a link to the free pdf she created.


What a crafty & clever girl!  Thanks, Gail, for the great idea.  And thanks for sharing!!!




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19 January 2012

Mini Revamp {Minimalizing the Secretary}

I'm a true minimalist at heart and find that a good purge does amazing things for my attitude.  I usually get the itch to tackle a cleanout once or twice a year; and when I do, I go at it with a vengeance.  Do I sometimes regret that I have tossed an item?  Perhaps.  But my philosophy is if it hasn't been used in the last six months, it isn't something that I will miss six months from now.  

Right now I have lots of little tchotchkes sitting around.  I noticed that over the past few years I have somehow accumulated more stuff than I would normally take on.  As I woke this morning, it became apparent to me that the secretary in our living room was in dire need of a downsizing.

staging a secretary via homeologymodernvintage.com

It's a bit cluttered, has little cohesion, the "smalls" need to be paired down, and more contrast is needed.

staging a secretary via homeologymodernvintage.com

As difficult as it is to see from the foyer, it's even busy from this distance.  (That's Fritz in the foreground.)

staging a secretary via homeologymodernvintage.com

All the small items were removed.  Balance & symmetry were added with the two plates on the top row, I added two items of similar height & weight on the second row and a little assymetry on the third row for added interest.  Lastly, the books were used to fill an otherwise empty space once the doors are closed.

staging a secretary via homeologymodernvintage.com
Ahhh, a sigh of relief as this vignette comes together.

staging a secretary via homeologymodernvintage.com
This makes me happy ;)


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18 January 2012

Color of the Day - Yellow

YELLOW
A lovely pop of color for a gray wintry day.


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My brain works on symmetry, so I don't think I could live with chevron patterns - they just don't seem balanced to me.  Or maybe they're just too busy.  Regardless, vicariously viewing online is a great way to enjoy without having to commit.  This would be perfect for a little guy's room, all funky & quirky.

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Okay, this seriously would go in my house if I could have it.  If I were painting this French beauty, would I choose yellow?  Probably not.  But if it were already painted, I would take this in a heartbeat & lovvve me some yellow.

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I saw a pair of end tables very similar just yesterday while thrifting in a local fav of mine.  I think I have to return for them.  Painted yellow, they're just too cool for school.

Enjoy your day!


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09 January 2012

My Word of the Year




2012 is going to be a year of many personal goals for me.  I have a lot of them, so we'll see just how many I can achieve; but I'm energized & oh so focused.  I'm ready to take things on that I didn't have the courage to do in the past; and I have a determination that I haven't had for quite some time.  It feels good.



Last year seemed as if I was mostly focusing on others - which I was absolutely thrilled to do.  I love all the great things that came our way on in 2011.  But those very eventful events meant that I had to put many of my goals on hold for most of the year.  In a way, I think it was a good thing.  Having to set aside my goals gave me an entire year to focus on what was really important and what I truly want to see happen. 

So it seemed apropos that I came across this New Year's challenge.  It's a little twist on a New Year's Resolution, and is known as the "Word of the Year."  I'm not so into the whole "resolution" thing since I usually fail on the first day; but this "Word of the Year," I can absolutely get into this!  For those new to the idea, it is a word you choose for yourself based on the goals you have for the upcoming year.  It is meant to motivate & inspire and is to be carried through the remainder of the year.

The word I have chosen for myself is

c h a l l e n g e

It just seems appropriate for me at this time, and I can't wait to look back at the end of the year to see just how many challenges I will have faced & conquered!  What is your word?  Hop on over to The Lettered Cottage link party & create one of your own.  


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