When my husband and I purchased our first home last year, a big concern was how to furnish it. One must think outside the box when it comes to decorating. Don't just go to a furniture or home decor store...you're better than that. I have found that most of the people who attend the auctions are dealers whose goal is to sell the items they win to an unsuspecting ( or suspect) retailer for fifty to one-hundred percent markup. The retailer then marks it up once again to the truly unsuspecting customer.
I assure there are treasures untold at local auction houses--and the character and quality are far more desirable than the same-ole, same-ole stuff you buy at a boring furniture store. And the thrill of the auction hammer cracking loudly to the words "SOLD" --all being directed at you--is SO in and of itself worth the trip! You get the sought after prize...and at a bargain price--merely another reminder that you, my dear, are a winner in more ways than one. Xx
Kaftan: Teggy French Original. Nineteenth Century Gold Leaf Mirror: $100. Painting: William Skilling (this was a bit of a splurge for me, but after researching what his work is selling for in galleries...I pretty much stole this). Antique Chair: $50.