Sunday, September 30, 2007

Auction

It was cold and rainy today and I just didn't feel like mucking around out at the barn. Instead, I headed to a western collectors auction down in Salem, Oregon. I am a person that loves garage sales and a good auction now and then. This particular one had a bunch of saddles, tack, old rodeo stuff, and harnesses. So I dragged myself out of bed early and headed down. I really enjoyed looking at all the stuff. Had I been a richer person, there was this beautiful saddle made in 1835 that had been in a museum until 1985 when this guy bought it. It was so gorgeous and I have never seen anything like it. It sold for $600 which seemed like a great bargain. It was really hard not to hold up my bidding number. The saddle was beautiful art, so someone went home very happy today. They had really cool old military and packing saddles. I bought some spurs. I don't need or use spurs, but I thought $20 was a good buy and they will make a nice addition to my editing area which is full of horse stuff. I also sprung for a really cool old saddle tree for $10. I thought it might look cool hanging on the wall. So I spent $30 and had a really fun morning. I sat next to an old cowboy who like me was just there to take it all in and see some really neat things from a different time.

5 comments:

Anne said...

That saddle is beautiful. You showed great restraint.

I hadn't thought of using antique spurs as decor -- they could come in handy should you have trouble getting the attention of someone in your household....

Tracey said...

Sounds like you had a great day! I'm a spur lover, to tell the truth. My husband told his brother he could use my western stuff in his office afer I sold my horse years ago. That office was in CA, he's no longer in business, I have horses again and all my stuff has disappeared...including my beloved silver spurs! (You don't mind if I come over to your blog to whine, do you???)

EquineSpirit said...

Way cool! Sounds like my kinda day!! :D Congrats on your buys!

Rising Rainbow said...

Wow, what a great adventure! How did you hear about this auction in the first place?

LOL My house is 'decorated" right now in tack. It seems to be everywhere. I'm doing a thorough cleaning (of the tack not the house) as I get the time. So the stuff is strung all over the living room. Thankfully, my family is used to my idiosyncrasies.

But would love to have some of the old stuff to really decorate.

photogchic said...

Every week I go to our local newspapers website and go to the classified section. I do a "horse" search in the garage sale/auction section. Garages sales that have horse tack or Breyer horses pop up and this time, the auction. Two weeks ago, I got 9 really old Breyers at a garage sale for less than $20. I was thrilled!