Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sale Time Sale Time!

Stories now, to suit a public taste,
must be half epigram, half pleasant vice.
                   James Russell Lowell


At one time which seems to be a very long time ago now we used to go to an auction in an old converted church bi-weekly, well except during haying time. The auctioneer a colourful character who wore a black vest and black cowboy hat, would announce “Sale Time, Sale Time” a few minutes before the auction was to begin so that everyone could get back to their seats or in this case pews so he could begin. I miss those auctions and that auctioneer, he was very entertaining with the corny jokes that sometimes had tears of laughter running down faces. A nice warm building, delicious pies sold at the canteen and we always came home most times with our truck empty but a smile on our face and great stories to share with our friends.

This cold April morning I am dressed in five layers and wondering if this almost May thing is a joke, the sun which was promised has yet to make its appearance. There are two auctions today so Dios, My Hero and I are off quite early this morning. It does not matter to me what the advertisement in the paper said I go there because there are always stories to inspire, photos to capture and my favourite…people to meet.


This first auction was mostly big equipment which we probably did not need nor could afford but that did not stop My Hero from circling a nice big Red tractor and dreaming about how much fun he would have plowing fields in its comfort not to mention with its sheer size and horsepower it would pull a much larger plow, something all men seem to think is a wonderful thing. I don’t get it.

I stumbled upon a beautiful hood of an old truck it grasped my imagination and held it tight. How did it get to this old shed? Where was the rest of it? Who had rode in it and what adventures were had? Oh I love this old Fargo logo, I find myself wondering if we could buy this old hood and then put it somewhere if only to stir those imaginative thoughts.


Wandering down the hill heading to an old standing tall silo filled with emptiness but also many wonderful stories waiting to be discovered I am in awe of its beauty. I left the boys wandering the top of the hill where boy treasures lie scattered through the field. Something catches my eye at the very bottom of the hill. Tables covered with boxes labelled DONUTS with friendly smiling ladies and a pot of coffee standing behind, I head down.

I said hello and we commented on this cool morning and then I asked about the donuts. “Locally made and fresh” The top was opened one by one on three boxes of sugary goodness and I told them this was the best thing at this sale for me. We all chuckled, and after debating the choices in my head and holding my cravings at bay I bought three. I bid goodbye and thank you and they as well. I headed back up the hill juggling the donuts.


My Hero and Dios apparently anxious to get on to the other sale were pulling down the hill with the truck probably searching for me. I waved my donut filled hand and they stopped. I handed them each a fresh locally made donut that brought smiles to their faces. I climbed in and we headed off to the next auction while nibbling on sugary goodness and each of us wondering what lie ahead.


Later.

41 comments:

  1. I want one of those sugary donuts...but I fear they are now long gone. ;)

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  2. on a show i have seen them take the front of an old vehicle like that and turn it into a really cool bar!

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  3. While we were hunting for morel mushrooms on the hill, we found a hood & grill from a 1952 Pontiac. It was too rusted to move, but Captain did end up getting the chrome logo thing off. He's like a little kid, can't wait to get it all re-chromed and hung on the wall.
    And auctions are one of my favorite things to do! We've been looking for some around here, but no luck as of yet. Hopefully we'll be able to find one soon.

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  4. I used to accompany my Uncle Roddy and his farming buddies to the odd auction in Kamloops when I was young, I LOVED the auctioneers fast paced call and tried to imitate it. When I grew up I'd go to estate auctions in Victoria just for the chant, I do not remember locally made donuts and hot coffee being served at either, your auctions have style. Great post as usual.

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  5. 5 layers ... wow, that makes me hot just thinking about it. we have pouring rain & a chance to flooding. this water is just coming on strong. i wish i could send it too some places that really need rain & water. i can dream i guess. ( :

    a lot of folks around here have similar farm items showing off in their front yards. i guess you could call a farm tool graveyard. so fun to see where you came from. or where you have been. achievement. later.

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  6. I love auctions but it's probably best I stay away from them...we are supposed to be decluttering and downsizing. Maybe I'll hit a garage sale or two this summer as compensation lol.

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  7. homemade donuts, yum!!
    Our weather is still cool for this time of year.
    Glad you are enjoying the auctions!!

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  8. Great finds! Poor old truck. At least part of it survived. The old mower is a real find. Really like the shot! Would love one of those donuts.

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  9. i touch on this topic today. no, not going to sales, etc. never do that. :-)

    how olden things, grab our attention. i mention how many photo ops have come from old barns/buildings. and wondering what stories they could tell.

    these old items, cause you to wonder about them, also.

    interesting...

    tessa~

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  10. Ahhhh......homemade donuts! I can't remember the last time I inhaled one.

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  11. I used to accompany my late grandfather to auctions when I was a youngster. I was always fascinated by the atmosphere and the super-fast way that the auctioneer talked :)

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  12. I haven't been to one for quite a while, but I love farm auctions!

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  13. some awesome 'rubbish' items, there. perfect for someone's garden.

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  14. Seems you had fun as always at the auction.
    5 layers of clothes, must we cold...the winter jumpers are not out in the shops here as yet, we all are waiting but it was 16degC today, but that is rather cool.
    Hugs M xx

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  15. I used to love going to auctions with my husband. They are so much fun!! I love doughnuts too!! :-)

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  16. Treasures! That old hood is pretty cool. THe best part of auctions- other than people watching- is the old treasures that you wish could tell their tales.

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  17. Tex told me about a meme for Rusty things that I hope to join soon. That Fargo hood would be perfect for it.

    Sun has returned here, I hope it will reach you too soon and make your life more comfortable.

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  18. Home made donuts! I must visit a farm auction!

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  19. You have a good eye for the real and the rustic. That's the stuff I like too. If only they could tell their story.

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  20. what a perfect day. You reminded me to take in the local auction in my home town when I visit next month. I haven't been in years but it used to be just as you described.

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  21. B,

    It's that time of year to enjoy all the auctions. Maybe you'll find a hidden treasure to take home??
    How about more ladders?

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  22. wow I saw that car part on google, could you turn it around and put flowers in it, I think it would be cool lol, glad it was a fun day with shared stuff and SUGAR

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  23. That hood grille would look awesome shined up and placed on the front of a bar...or a workbench...or a wooden playset for the kiddos...or...

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  24. mr. foresterman went to an auction last week without me. he said he bought something for me. oh.

    its still very flat and wet here. I want to perform a miracle healing, which might involved some forehead slapping. not mine. Dr. appt tomorrow, first after surgery, Praise God...

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  25. Donuts make everything better and I bet they would have sold you that triuck hood if you were serious. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. The past week has been just in the 40's here , cold .
    Our hummingbirds have usually arrived by now , but nope no hummers yet they must be holding out for a warm blast of air to come in on their migration flight.
    Don't you love the folks at the auctions !

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  27. I have never been to an auction but I'd love going to one! Love all the pics. It's funny how guys like cars, the bigger the better, right? No difference with tractors I guess ;)

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  28. I do not think I have been to an Auction since I have been back in Bruce County & that is 11 years now. Thanks for stopping by B xx

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  29. Old farmyards with abandoned machinery provide lots of opportunity for photos. Well done with a great story.

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  30. Ah...sale time! It's taken me so long to get here today, but I enjoyed your post,late as I am! :) That big red tractor sure would be fun to drive. We don't need anything nearly so big here, but it would be nice to ride in the air conditioning in the summer! I like the old truck hood too...you could incorporate it into a flower bed, don't you think? And last but not least, the donuts! Reminds me of when we go to Amish sales...they are the absolute best donuts ever!

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  31. What a fun day! I think I would like that tractor. What a nice one.
    I bet you see so many amazing things.

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  32. You got me craving for a donut now. Love the images you posted today, especially the old hood. What a nice day you had.

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  33. Lovely post, thank you for the adventure and the calories. ;-)

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  34. Hope all your finds at the auctions are as good as the sounds of those donuts!...:)JP

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  35. Another great adventure in that full life of yours.
    I've not had a doughnut for yonks. Maybe just one wouldn't hurt....one day.

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  36. You are right about the Fargo front end being so interesting!! I think, had you managed to drag it home, it would not have looked so perfect, since you would have to arrange it all, where here it was arranged by nature...
    I see your camera is still working!

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  37. You are a girl after my own heart. I too see the old Fargo as a piece of art and wonder how I could make use of it. As we are moving to a small lot in town I fear that my new neighbours might view me as that crazy woman with all the junk in her yard.

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  38. Some great finds at this auction! I used to go with my parents to estate auctions when I was a child. I was always fascinated by the way the auctioneer could talk so fast.

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  39. i'd never heard of a fargo...but no matter, as my mind quickly turned instead to donuts.
    *hug*

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  40. I rather like that red tractor. :)

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