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Dan    Posted 08-29-2004 at 21:42:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lucked in at an estate auction when I come from around a building and see the auctioneer with 2 railroad signal lanterns (with globes),I bid 15$ in Cdn pesos, and I win them,I couldn't believe it. When I go to take them he tells me the 3 boxes on the ground are mine too, contents included used nails,skilsaw blades,a set of home craft books from the 60's or 70's and some other misc. junk. Well in every life a little rain must fall but ok, he says leave the lanterns and take the boxes first so to make sure they are gone. Everyone laughed,I laughed last. I have been looking for these type of lamps for years. Dan in AB

one man's junk........    Posted 08-30-2004 at 10:59:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Years back, I collected old 1880's do it yourself books and encyclopedias. I paid 25 cents for a box of old musty books. While sorting through the box, I found an old cap and ball revolver near the bottom. One of the auctioneers runners saw what I found and they took it from me. Auctioneer said I was only 18, and not old enough to purchase a pistol and he didn't want to be arrested. He sold it and it brough over a hundred dollars. I was highly PO'd. When I told my dad about it, he was mad enough punch the auctioneer. As it turns out, at the time, there was no law which put an age restriction on purchasing antique guns. I eventually sued the SOB, in small claims court and the judge gave me an award of what the pistol sold for that day to the other buyer. That auctioneer is still in business, but I won't go to any of his auctions. To this day, I remove my boxes of junque before going through them.

Bkeepr    Posted 08-30-2004 at 04:32:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
ha ha! I just love going to auctions. Somedays it is because watching some folks' greed is amusing, but other days it is because you can get some treasure you always wanted for a pittance...and some days you watch it all at once.

Went to one estate auction where all the heirs were fighting each other for the stuff. So almost every item went for 3 or 4 times what you could buy it for new, even just junk. Everything but one--the old man had worked for a railroad, and there was a dirty, fouled up looking Aladdin caboose lamp. Well, nobody was interested in the dirty old thing so I got it for $5. It's worth much more than that (original shade) plus the nostalgia is great: it was still mounted on the piece of the original B&O caboose panelling and had a "homemade" smoke bell crafted out of a pot lid. Really neat piece to add to the collection.

Anyway, thanks for the auction story, congrats on your victory!!

Tom A

toolman    Posted 08-30-2004 at 00:44:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
don,t you just hate it when things go just right lol.

Dan    Posted 08-30-2004 at 06:45:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is Toolman, its a real sonofagun.There were a few deals but there was a lot of competiton too. You do what you can. Dan

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