Saturday, May 7, 2011


OMGoodness did we have some fun today!  Ransberger Auction House in Watauga, Texas is having the hugest sale.  Apparently they are closing down their auction business and will only be doing estate sales from now on so they are selling everything they have in their warehouse; over 30 years of stuff.  The sale started Thursday and goes through tomorrow.  If you want to spend some time on Mother's Day getting some great stuff, be prepared to dig.  I have never seen so much stuff and I was pretty overwhelmed by it all.

To add to the overwhelming experience, nothing is marked with a price tag.  You find everything you want and put it in a pile.  Once you have everything you want, the man comes to see your pile and gives you a price for everything.  If you decide it's too much, you can leave stuff behind.  That kind of shopping stresses me out.  I have to see price tags.  What if I make a pile and it's $300 bucks?!

So, I put a few things in a pile and called the guy over.  I had a limit to spend so I was a bit nervous about what he would say.  He took a minute...looked again..."$30?  (Are you kidding me? I thought.)  Well, in that case, let me add a couple of more mirrors I liked; now how much?  "Oh, now you're up to $50."  Okay, then let's throw in one more mirror, now how much?  "Like you said, you're throwing in one more, so $50."  Right, $50 plus one more mirror is how much?  "It's still $50.  I'm letting you throw that last one in for free."  OMGoodness!  Hurry and get over there!

Want to see what I got?

Here it is in the back of my car.  I know it doesn't look like much yet, but wait!

I got this huge rusted hinge bracket thingy...HUGE, like over a foot long.

This cute little box holds some treasure I'll show in a minute.

Scored this pair of binoculars and if you look closely....'ll see they are apparently from Paris.

This was on most of the mirrors so I'm guessing they were imported from Scotland.

I got 6 old mirrors, most of them with beveled edges and great old wooden frames.

The largest ones are probably about 2x3 feet.

These cream and white ones are my favorites!  They are quite a bit smaller.

Oh yeah, and this little box....

...all cute just by itself...

....opened it up and found...


It was full of old vintage locks, some kind of coin that said "no cash value" 
and a cigarette butt.  Eeeew.

I love these little things;

especially the teeny tiny silver one in front.

I have no idea what the box was originally used for but it's pretty cute too.

I guess you may have noticed I didn't buy anything that was red
(my favorite color as you long time followers know).
No worries!

I picked up this last weekend at our antique mall.

It's a cute little chippy red tackle box.  It even has all of the
little storage compartments inside.  

I picked it up from Ruby Grace's red booth at LoneStar Antique Mall.
Thanks Denis!

Now I gotta go and figure out what I'm going to do with all this stuff!

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  1. Holy Guacamole, Gina! You got some AWESOME stuff! I love it all! That big rusty thing~do you think it could be a gate hinge? It's so cool! And those mirrors. My heartbeat went up at least 20bpm just looking at these pictures.

  2. What an awesome sale!! It is kind of scary not knowing what the total price is going to be until the end but it looks like they were offering some great deals!!
    Love everything!!

  3. Wow! You got some awesome finds! Love the mirrors, and the hinge thingy and the locks...LoL!

  4. I should have known that red tackle box went to you! I loved it...glad it found a good home. Have a great week.

  5. I said it before and I'll say it again: You always find the coolest stuff!

    And this is also where I would like to tell you:

    I love you.

    I LOVE YOU For sending me my little present! Yay! Now will you come on out here and place them in a new, awesome spot in my messy house for me? ;)

  6. Lucky you! Happy Mother's Day!

  7. Drooling here, what a day of finds for you!!

  8. I would have been stressing too! I love that big hinge. The box is my favorite. What a bonus to find all those cool locks. What a fun day that must have been.

  9. Sounds like an amazing sale. I would have been freaking out about the phantom pricing too, but if one more mirror adds $0.00, you can't beat that. Love the box of locks!

  10. Wow! What a haul!! I love that box that had all the locks in it.

  11. Boy did you get some good stuff! I can't imagine what you'll do with all of those mirrors, but I'll bet it will be fabulous!

  12. where in TX is your antique mall located? We love finding different places to hunt for treasure.

    I love those old mirrors, and that box that the locks were in looks similar to one that my husband inherited from family and it was from an antique phone.

  13. Wow! That's a real haul! How lucky for you to find such neat items!

  14. Wow, great finds.
    Love all the mirrors. What will you do with them?
    The locks are fun, too.
    Thanks for sharing.

  15. WOW...lucky you! Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  16. WOW you really did score!! Good for you!!Visiting from Southern Hospitality :-)

  17. Oh my goodness....I'm from the DFW area...I wish I knew that was going on! Looks like you got some great stuff!


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