Let’s go to the antique auction!

French antique tables Sep 2014 001It seems that every time that I turn on the television, there is a new program about  antiquing, picking or storage auctions! You may be familiar with  ‘American Pickers’, ‘Canadian Pickers’ or ‘Storage Wars’ etc…One of my favorite is ‘Flea market flip’, as the contestants need to buy various objects, re-purpose them, and sell them at the flea market. The winning team is the one that makes the biggest profit.

One of my favorite auction to attend, is the French Antique Auction that is held 4 times a year in Mississauga (http://www.frenchantiqueauction.ca/). It usually starts around 6:00pm and lasts until 11:00pm or midnight. They have an amazing selection of quality antique furniture, such as armoires, mirrors, tables, dishes, paintings etc…(No reproduction!)

I have bought many items thru the years, including the two mahogany side tables in the above photo. I have ‘converted’ few of my friends to become regular at the auction. I remember when I invited my friend Wendy for the first time (we called her the ‘auction virgin’ for a night!). She was quite nervous to bid, and kept asking me :”Should I bid? What do you think? Is it a good deal?” Well, once she started, she couldn’t be stopped! She ended up buying some great pieces for her cottage.

A lot of people are very intimidated by going to the auction… Don’t be!

  1. It’s a fun event: why not make it a ‘girls night out’! Try to come early so that you can attend the preview and check out the goods (especially if you are serious about buying ).
  2. It’s an opportunity to learn: about different style of furniture, their history…
  3. You don’t have to be wealthy to go to the auction! There are a lot of regulars, including antique shops owners, designers, and then…the rest of us!  You might be surprised by the kind of deals you can find. Keep in mind that those furniture are usually at least 100 years old, and that there were handmade…build to last!
  4. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pay an extra 15% for the buyers premium

And…here is the site:  http://www.frenchantiqueauction.ca/ You can sign up for the mailing list to find out about the next auction!

Please let me know if you attend this auction or others and what your experience was like! Thanks in advance!

Happy antiquing!

Isabelle V.


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