I attended my first auction a week ago. I was so excited I dressed up for the occasion which in retrospect maybe was a bit much, but oh well. I got to the hall a half an hour ’til kick off and scoured over the goods. Trader Bill had advertised vintage clothing and panties ( it was all I could do to fall asleep the night before.) In person the clothing was a bit to be desired, so I moved onto the tables around the perimeter of the room. I scanned lunch trays covered with rusting door knobs, retired tools and too many tin boxes for everyone in the room. Then I found them, a heaping pile of silver plated utensils! The pieces were all tarnished and need quite a bit of love, but I was ready for the challenge! I sat down and took in the first hour of the auction as Trader Bill brought each item up to bid, Grandma’s rose lamp, a child’s rocking horse, crickety dressers and dusty rugs. I payed close attention so that when it was my turn I would know how to use my neon orange card and by george it worked! I waited and let the bid go down and then came my moment, I jumped up out of my seat to wave my card. The audience let out a few chuckles and Trader Bill cracked a smile and wiped his brow. No one else seemed to pick up on how special this pile of silverware was so I went home with it all! Here is what it looked like after some extra lovin’.