It's gone. I'm heartbroken!
I was first introduced to this country auction in Fleischmanns, NY by my daughter, Sarah, about 2 years ago. I became an auction addict and though it was a 2 hour drive my friend Judy and I often traveled up and back on a Saturday to sit for 4-5 hours and see if anything caught our fancy.
Sometimes a trinket for a mere 'dollar bill' was more than we could withstand and we'd pack up my Prius with a carload of stuff to bring home.
We hadn't been for awhile, we were busy, the weather didn't cooperate, but tonight we had a plan. It had been on my calendar for a month....we were going to the auction!
We always leave at 4 PM. Drive two hours to get there by 6 so we can preview the goodies and have a bite to eat before the auction starts at 7.
But as we arrived at the auction house, we found a For Sale sign with a large SOLD on top.
I knew that it was up for sale. It had been for more than a year....but gone! Just like that??
What ever will we do to for a good auction? And more importantly, what are the folks in Fleischmanns doing for Saturday night entertainment, now!!??
For a more descriptive analysis of what I'm mourning see this NYTimes article from 1993. It really captures the spirit of the Saturday night auctions.....