Hill's auction- a great place for great finds
I live in the country surrounded by horse farms, wineries and lately, have new Amish neighbors. It was a real shock moving here 19 years ago. We came from a town near Philadelphia to a place where there are no sidewalks or streetlights and we have to drive 15 minutes in either direction to find a grocery or drug store and other shopping.
I do love being surrounded by all this beauty though. I enjoy coffee on my deck in the morning and gazing at the zillions of stars that fill the sky at night .
One of the interesting places we have nearby, is Hill's auction. The owner, Jim Hill is a second generation auctioneer, taking over for his father Harold S. Hill. I don’t know what the booty was like in his fathers day, but Jim always manages to fill 3 large buildings every other week with items large and small consigned from individuals and estates.
Dealers come from what seems like all over the eastern seaboard to buy at this auction. Perhaps it’s because of the unusual and quality items that fill the buildings on any given auction weekend. I have scored some really great furniture pieces for my home there and back in the day when I was into buying and selling, bought a stack of paintings for about $17 that yielded me $300 on eBay.
Sometimes my husband and I like to go there and look around just for the fun of it because you never know what is going to turn up. We have seen authentic cigar store Indians, whole sets of church pews, giant wood carved chairs suitable for a king or queen at any renaissance faire. I have seen beauty parlor chairs from the 50’s with space helmets dryers. We have seen stunning antique furniture and bedroom sets, amazing kitchen sets from the fifties and recently, this beautiful carved Chinese bed frame.
I went the other day just to look around, but as often happens, saw something I wanted to bid on. I got my number and hung around to bid on two foldable metal shelves to use to display my pottery. I figured that new, they were valued at about $60 for the smaller one and $95 for the taller. When the bidding was over, after tax and buyers premium, I got them for about $40 each. Not a bad savings since they were brand new!
Aside from all the cool stuff you can find at this long standing country auction, it is also a great place for people watching and meeting new folks. The bent over little man pictured is Frank, who was old when I met him 19 years ago. I think he's in his 80's and still enjoys working there. He’s a very sweet guy who is always smiling and always relishes a little hug from the ladies :0).