Tuesday, July 5, 2011

{ The Bainbridge Rotary Auction - An Annual Mecca }

A view of the sound from Crystal Springs Drive

Every year the weekend before the fourth of July is saved for the Bainbridge Rotary Auction on the Winter Family calendar. It has become an annual tradition of bargain hunting and hanging out with friends. This year was no exception and the bargains were a plenty. Read on to see the bargains I got and to get a taste of the unique experience that the Rotary Auction is.

The Rotary Auction is a fundraiser that the Bainbridge Rotary puts on every year and it starts Friday evening with a preview. We weren't able to make it to the preview this year. If you are able to make it to the preview you will be better able to know the lay of the land and what your plan of attack will be for the next morning. Had I made it the night before I would have already had the chairs I wanted picked out instead of wasting valuable time searching and selecting Saturday morning, and I say valuable time because the auction is packed with people searching out good deals and the best items go quickly. Let me give you an idea of what I mean.

The sale starts at 8am Saturday morning, this shot is taken at about 7:55am. The crowds line up all around the perimeter of the sale, someone sings the national anthem, and the running ensues. Literally, the second the national anthem is over everyone runs for the item they want most. The first person to reach an item and put their hands on it gets it. I went directly to the furniture and Kyle headed for sporting goods. Kyle and Phoebe got a pair of downhill skis, bindings and poles for her for $30; now we can get her up to the hill this year as many times as we want for the price of one rental. Here's what I grabbed in the furniture department for $10:

four chairs and a side table! These are all slated to be painted and the chairs reupholstered, so this isn't the last you've seen of these.

There is an actual auction portion to the sale as well. Kyle put in bids on a vintage guitar amp and an awesome mint condition record collection; both went for more than he was willing to pay. I put a bid in on a serger, and guess what?!? I got it. I spent $85. Now I have to learn how to use this puppy, but I'm super excited and Kyle was a little jealous that I got a fun new toy.

Speaking of toys, this is a great place to score good toys for cheap. We didn't get as many toys and books as we usually do this year. We did pick up a doll, stuffed animal (it still had tags on it) and a little people doll house with furniture, all for $8.

The other little random things we picked up were a pair of pants ($.50) for P and two kid DVDs ($2 a pop). For some reason I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the clothes and toys this year, that's why I didn't get as many as usual. Last year I scored two pairs of Primigi shoes for the girls, I've also gotten slings and bibs and tons of books in the past. The deal with books and clothes is that you can fill a standard sized grocery bag for $12.

The last little thing I picked up this year was a little milk vase for $2, this is the start of my collection. I see these all over the internet and they make beautiful decor when grouped together.

I thought that I'd throw this second picture in here because the stand that the vase is on is a Rotary find from a previous year, $15.

As you can see, there is plenty to be found at the Bainbridge Rotary Auction. I didn't even touch the myriad of things that you can find at this annual sale; but to name just a few more, this year I saw beautiful outdoor furniture, farmhouse and vintage sinks in great condition, and beautiful old windows leaving with happy purchasers.

So whether you're looking for a unique experience or just some great deals, the annual Bainbridge Rotary Auction is the place to be the Saturday before the fourth of July. Maybe I'll see you there next year.

Is there an annual garage sale that you don't miss? Or a store that has great thrifty finds?


Janelle said...

Great buys! Looks like you have some DIY projects to keep you busy for a while! Can't wait to see your posts. Love the side table too!

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