Monday, July 12, 2010

Let the Bidding Begin!!!

Three years ago on a trip down to Amish Country my parents and I stumbled upon a benefit auction for the Amish schools.  Since none of us had been to one, we decide to stop and check it out.  We did not buy anything but just enjoyed taking in the atmosphere.  The next year we went back, I got 2 benches and a window house.  This past Saturday was the benefit auction so off we went............

We got down there around 9:30.  Lots of Amish buggies and cars ( I figured we all have seen lots of cars so I did not post a picture LOL)

The horses were enjoying a bit of shade and I am sure wishing the flies would go elsewhere.  We signed in to get a number and then parted ways.  Mom and Dad went looking at furniture and me off to the other "stuff".   When my parents caught up with me a half hour later I was well on my way to having fun.  I was on a birdhouse mission...........

Let's see.........I got an unfinished blue bird house for $3.00; the bat house for $7.50, the cedar wren house for $7.00; and the log cabin style wren house for $7.00 also.  The cedar bench was my last purchase for $10.00.  And looking at this picture I forgot another feeder I bought.........

I really wanted a decorative outhouse for the garden and I told myself I would bid up to $50 for it but it went for $75.00 so I will wait till next year.  However, I thought this cat/dog house with the slate roof was too fun.  I got this for $20.  Darn thing is heavy with that slate roof!  I was NOT going to bid on another window house.......but......I just happened to be standing right there when the bidding started on it........and someone just shoved my arm up with my number.....and it just happened........and I could not stop........because then I thought I REALLY need another one........................

...........so now I have 2 of these and this one I got for $35.00!  Last year I paid $40.00 for my other one.........see, I even got a deal!!!  I just love these things.......too fun for the garden!

So, I am pleased with  my purchases though I bet I would have bought that outhouse if my Dad wasn't standing next too me giving me a dirty look............he puts too much pressure on me.....the money was going to school children......and I am a teacher.....now I have too wait till next year!!

4 comments:

Michelle said...

Love all the buggy and horse shots; I've visited the Amana Colony and used to live in an area with some Amish, but I've never gotten to see a gathering like that. Congrats on your winnings, too!

Kathy in KY said...

I forgot for a day or so about your impending visit to Amish country and the auction, but when I saw today's blog title, I remembered. I was so excited to see what treasures you got. I would've gotten the outhouse, too. That would too fun to have in the garden. I think my favorite is the slate covered dog/cat house. I hope they will use it, but not all at one time! Thanks for sharing such great pics of the horses and buggies - I've not seen that many in one place before. I'm moving soon to Mennonite and Amish country, so I'm sure I will be able to see these types of sites often once I get down there. Have a good evening, Kristi, take care, from KY.

Shula said...

Looks like you got some great deals. They were some very well behaved horses to all be tied up so close together!

jen said...

Great pictures. I bet ya Dad could of made some of those things for you;)