Monday, August 23, 2010

White elephants

Last weekend Mom, Dad, Tom and I went to a "Taste of the Town" event that was a fundraiser for scholarships. There was food from all the area restaurants, live jazz music, and a white elephant silent auction.

The food was delicious, and it was fun to see so many of our town's population in one place at one time. Dad asked if I'd looked at the items for auction and I said that I hadn't. He said that there was nothing there that he'd bid on.

But after eating and chatting awhile, Tom and I moseyed through the three rooms of "stuff." Almost all the starting bids were $1! How could we resist? And the "junk' was interesting.

I was drawn to a massive old stainless steel "vacuum" beverage dispenser that held somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 gallons. As I gazed at it admiringly I realized that it would be impossible to lift once it was full - or even half full. And it was so HUGE! The opening bid was $1 and no one was bidding on it. Discretion finally won out, and I turned away from the beautiful and impractical beverage dispenser.

Tom bid on a trio of model ships, a trio of brass sailboats, a lamp, and a pipe rack. I bid $3 on a pair of American Tourister suitcases.

At the end of the evening, after we'd already come home, our neighbor dropped off our winnings. Tom won the pipe rack and brass boats (for a total of $4), and I won the suitcases.

I use old luggage in the linen closets for storing sheets, but these two are for storing wool yarn. I immediately filled the larger of the two with the yarn I have for my next large project, David's blanket.

I'm going to check Apron Thrift Girl's site to see what antiques/thrift finds/white elephants others found over the weekend, too.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great use for old luggage. Compact and convenient, and transportable.
I also bid on things for local causes, but never anything so reasonable.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Bounty Huntress said...

How pretty! I love the way your yarn looks in your suitcase. I use mine for scrapbook supplies, not so pretty.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

I have the same suitcases. They were a high school graduation gift from my parents in 1978.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Halima said...

Great score, Laura! I have yet to find old luggage in such great condition, nice!

1:20 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

When you think what that luggage probably cost new. You were lucky to find it in such good condition too. I love to use old suitcases for storing the children's craft supplies just now.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Margo said...

oooh, I'm jealous! Great find!

1:24 PM  
Blogger AngelMc said...

I love old suitcases, I have to restrain myself from buying then, especially those old leather ones. I made a dog bed for CiCi and GinGin out of one and keep it in the living room.
Enjoyed your blog, come by and visit me at mine sometime.

4:44 PM  

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