Auction Bargain

Author:  Autumn

Who doesn’t love a good bargain and especially at an auction?  Last week I noticed a blue and white platter in an ad for an upcoming local auction.  I immediately thought it would go for $300 and no less.  Even though I assumed it was out of my range, I decided to drop by the auction to have a look.

I sat through an hour’s worth of war mementos, and then they started selling the dishes.  Early on they sold a beautiful black and white French transferware platter for only $45.00.  I was shocked and hopeful.

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When the blue and white platter was on the auction block, only a few of us were bidding, and I won it for only $42.00!!

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It is really large and luscious.  It is American-made, rather than English and is in the Blue Willow pattern.  I am sure that it would have brought more if the manufacturer had been a fine English company.  However, it has been loveingly used and has a great patina.  The back simply has the number 11 stamped into it.  If anyone has knowledge of what the number is for,  please let me know.

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I bought a plate hanger large enough to hold it, and asked our handyman to hang it up here…

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above the stove.

Doesn’t it look great?

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It’s the perfect size for the stove hood.  It’s not too big nor is it too small.  I am really pleased with the way it looks.

So, that’s my latest auction bargain.  How about you?  Have you gotten a great deal at an auction lately?

Take care.


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  1. Beth says

    I went to the UK Art Museum Tag sale about two weeks ago. I bought a set of 12 white linen napkins from Gattle’s-never been used THE Gattle’s box. Can’t wait for you to see them they are lovely–oh yes, $10 for the set.

  2. says

    Hi Autumn! OH, your platter is just beautiful! I have a lot of Blue Willow and have two large platters. The blue and white looks so beautiful in your gorgeous kitchen!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  3. says

    Wow I have the exact same Blue Willow platter. I bought it over 15 years ago, and I paid $65.00 for it. Good deal and looks great over your stove. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Carolyn says

    That looks great and I’m not sure I would have thought to put it there but it really is a nice place to showcase it. Good eye to spot that and take a chance at the auction.

  5. says

    I love your platter and it looks beautiful on your hood. My mother has one very similar that I hope to inherit one day!

  6. says

    Your platter looks fabulous over your stove! What a perfect perch for it. So pretty next to the white. I bought a similar platter a few years ago and have it stored away. You’ve inspired me to get it out again. I’m visiting from Coastal Charm’s Tuesday party.