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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

{Night on the Town}

Kyle and I have discovered a new form of newlywed recreation!!!

Don't worry, this is rated completely G [anyone who knows me would not expect anything different].

We have started a tradition of a weekly date The Auction.

The Auction is great and glorious fun. I have always been intrigued by the finger-snapping, wheeler-dealer type people who go to The Auction and come back with amazing steals. I have an uncle who once bought out an entire warehouse of running shoes at The Auction, figuring he could turn around and sell them on eBay for full retail price [spell check knows "eBay," by the way]. Kyle and I each got a pair of sneakers for our wedding. And Christmas.

Another uncle bought a full sized school bus at The Auction. A different uncle is best friends with an honest-to-goodness auctioneer, with whom I had the pleasure of dining at The Outback once. He taught the whole group of us some tricks of the trade.

So, combining my Auction intrigue with my immense satisfaction in finding deals at yard sales and thrift stores, it is no wonder--absolutely no wonder--that I was delighted to attend my first real auction tonight.

My only {blood} relations in Canada, the people who--in a roundabout way--introduced me to Kyle, happen to be The Auctioning type. [They once bought a pallet of Jello packets at The Auction for, like...five dollars or something. They've been known to land a brand new stainless steel dishwasher for $75.00. Or something.] Anyway, since they are veterans of The Auction, they agreed to take Kyle and me under their deal-finding wings and show us the ropes. The two of us had such a splendid time, we're going to try and become veterans ourselves. We want to go back every Tuesday, if possible. Make it a tradition, of sorts.

A summary of our loot:
-12 pack of lemon lime soda in glass bottles=$3.00
-4 bags beef jerky=$5.00
-1 bag of 18 miscellaneous chocolate bars=$5.00
-meat thermometer in original packaging=$10.00
-rectangular coffee table (just needs a good coat of paint)=$15.00
Total of all deals, after sales tax=$40.00

Spending two hours enjoying the company of family, observing other peoples' "good deal joy," and marveling at the acceleration of the auctioneer's mouth...

...Well, that's quite priceless (what other word would I use?).

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Blogger Lindsey said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! Right now more than anything else in the world I want to go to an auction! That sounds INCREDIBLE! I didn't know that you could buy food stuffs there... amazing!

January 9, 2008 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger RPH said...

that is my kind of night out! sounds like fun! you got some sweet deals. LUCKY!

January 9, 2008 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Geevz said...

that sounds like a blast! What a fun idea! And I understand the difficulty in finding good newlywed recreation.

January 9, 2008 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger lindsay said...

oh camille, i need to come visit you so you can introduce me to this fascinating world! i believe the DI here in Mesa used to hold auctions, and my mother in law bought a whole refrigerator (that works) for $1. Yes, one dollar. What a wonderful world!

January 9, 2008 at 4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am excited to see the coffee table. I just visited Grandma with Gwidon and she said when you went to pick up your purchases the auctioning people gave you a matching end table for FREE! True story? I would love to see pictures of BOTH these pieces of furniture, especially after you are through painting, distressing, staining, etc. them.

P.S.: Auction is not a proper, and should therefore not be capitalized. The only exception is when you purposely gave it an identity, thereby making it a proper noun, by calling it The Auction; that's alright. However, when you refer to it simply as auction, it should NOT be capitalized.

P.P.S.: I love this music. Thanks for changing it!

January 9, 2008 at 8:02 PM  
Blogger Jami said...

I love that adell corrects you...I hope that she never reads my blog, or anything elts that I write for that matter. Me and spencer used to be huge auction people, but then we had a baby, and don't have any money anymore. I really wanted this red piece of funiture there once, but someone got it for 250$, I didn't want to pay that much. There is a auction in mesa, and some guy we went to high school with's parent own and kyle should check it out!

January 11, 2008 at 10:31 PM  

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