After attending the auction yesterday, I remembered how much I like going to them. There’s always some treasure to be found! I used to attend auctions down in Southern Maryland and in the suburbs outside of Baltimore before I moved to Wales and was doing a lot of buying and selling in my capacity as one of the founders of Second Chance, an architectural salvage company.
Yesterday’s auction yielded a lot of what I had hoped for – fabulous fabrics. There were about 10 box lots of fabrics from an old estate where the family had been bankers in Hong Kong before moving back to Washington, DC. There were Thai silks, Indian Saris, Honk Kong textiles, all folded, sorted and marked. Many of the pieces still had their original shop tags on them, some had their Hong Kong manufacturer woven into the selvage, and one piece had a folded slip of paper from the Office of Commodity Standards in Bangkok. It took until this evening to really have a chance to look through the boxes of silks and inspect what I’d gotten for my three bids, the average price of which was $5.00! There were fabulous raw silks in pale straw colours, beautiful paisley patterned silks, plain silks in every jewel colour you could imagine and plaids of the most wild variety. Many thanks to I Love Lime Green for her super work as the auctioneer and to Mandy who writes the blog, AngloFiles, for having me to lunch as the very last minute!