I am always getting comments about what wonderful deals I get at estate auctions, and the people that leave these comments are right, I do feel like I get great deals. I have a couple of secrets to my successes in these great finds to share with you.
1. The mid-century style bug hasn't caught on in my area yet. Most people want new things, not what they view to be old "junk" from the mid-century era. This works in my favor, although many people think I am crazy for wanting some of this stuff.
2. There are several auction services in my area. I tend to follow auctioneers that have a smaller following. Usually things at these sales go cheaper because there are fewer people attending the sale. I would estimate that there were no more than 40 people at the auction that I went to on Saturday where I got the great finds.
3 I tend to buy things because I like them, not because they were made by a big-name company. This gets me some great finds for low prices, because when there are mid-century buyers present, they want the big-name items, such as McCoy pottery.
One auctioneer that I like to follow will sometimes have mid-century buyers, but that is the only auctioneer that has any kind of mid-century following. They did the sale where I got the brass and marble lamp with the velvet shade that I shared recently. I still was able to get great deals there. This auctioneer recently conducted an auction that was more crowded than I have ever seen, and they sold the most amazing pair of 1950s table lamps. They were around 3 foot tall and had amazing 3 tier fiberglass shades with a design printed on the inside so that it would show through the shade when the lamp was turned on - the pair sold for $125. Needless to say, I didn't stay at this sale long, as a mid-century buyer from out of town came to it. Oh well, you win some, you lose some!