I've started "shopping" at a new kind of an auction- an on-line, but LOCAL auction. The items are pictured on a private auction website. Typically there is a time set aside that you can go onsite to inspect the items. The auction period is usually a week. You can follow along like an Ebay auction, get email notifications if you're outbid, and if you win, you pick up and pay for your winnings locally.
Yesterday, I picked up my winnings from a recent auction. The auction was full of vintage sewing goodness- a chatelaine, lots of needle keeps, vintage celluloid sewing tools, tape measures and more. I bid on about ten lots, but only ended up winning one.
...But I'm very happy with the lot I won. It has a lot of items that you just don't see very often. I know a lot of you enjoy vintage sewing tools, so I thought I'd show you what I got.
The rounded edge needle keeps above were giveaways from Prudential Insurance. The needles slide into the side of the piece. You can see a few needles sticking out of the bottom left of the needle keep on the right.
This is another needle keep from Germany and a cute Bluebird button card.
The back of the needle keep is quite worn, but you can tell it had great graphics.
This needle keep is actually an envelope. Do you see the little ribbon at the bottom?
Pull it out, and there are your needles in the little black envelopes.
The lot had a few non-sewing items, like this jointed porcelain doll.
Here's a better look at the more sides of the cube. Again, made in Germany.
Oh, wouldn't you love to go back in time and look through a well stocked turn of the century sewing box? Of course, I'd want to come back and use my own electric sewing machine, my rotary cutter, my Ott light- but just a peek would be nice.