Search Results for “Poppleton Auctions”

April 4, 2012

Tea, anyone?

by 3arn0wl

It’s still relatively early in the season of course, but given the altitude of the thermometer’s mercury recently,  and with the Malus in full flower,  the Orchard has become a very popular place to be.

Crispin & Jonathan have done a lot of preparation over the Winter.  They’ve:

  • bought deck-chairs and tables;
  • mastered the baking of scones and cakes,  and the making of preserves;  and

And so, in some corner of a field that is forever England,  that most English of rituals takes place @ 4p.m. each day.

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February 18, 2012

Going once. Going Twice…

by 3arn0wl

It wasn’t clear whether Liam Evans was:

For, at the podium, in clearly enunciated tones, he announced, “One Night Stand”.

September 18, 2011

With this ring…

by 3arn0wl

Trading had been quite slow on the craft market on Market Square, until Gerry Wainwright received an interesting and immediate commission…

Antonín Biskup had been to the Poppleton Auctions yesterday. The bidding had been brisk, but he’d managed to acquire two antique wedding rings not too expensively: one in yellow gold, the other formed from white.

He’d had the idea of crafting a matching pair of rings:  he wanted to braid two strands of the different coloured gold together.

It was a different proposition altogether from what Gerry was used to,  but she’d been fplaited to be asked.  As it happens she could do it straight away, given the imminence of the nuptials.  She’d give him a ring when the job was done.

August 20, 2011

“Do I hear…”

by 3arn0wl

It really is worth popping into Poppleton Auctions on the third Saturday of the month – there’s always a good deal on offer:

  • an enamelled bath went for a steal at a Godiva;
  • a beautifully calligraphed and framed 17th Century land-use agreement was a complete bargain;
  • a pair of 60s hairdresser’s scissors was a snip at a bob;
July 16, 2011

Third Saturday of the month,

by 3arn0wl

so it must be auction day.

We’d been several times before of course, but never bought anything.  This time was different though – 2-w00 had her eye on a reasonably valued mahogany Edwardian desk.

So we picked up the catalogue and a bidding number, and went in;  minded to follow those two well-known pieces of sage advice:

  • Know how much you want to spend.

    It was definitely busier than usual, and the tension increased as the moment to bid approached. But three nods of the head and it was all over…
    and

  • Only buy what you’ve gone there to buy.

    Oops. It could’ve been the rosewood flute – a bargain at £70 – £100, I’d say. Or the bone handled cutlery service that was given as a wedding present, but sadly never used. But no. It was the word press, sitting in the corner of the auction house, just waiting to be loved again – free to a good laptop. Who could resist?

Hmmm – how do you get a word press and an Edwardian desk into the back of a 205?

June 16, 2012

I went to the Auction & I bought…

by 3arn0wl

Poppy watched the procession of ‘stuff’ going to the van as if she was a contestant on The Generation Game.

They’d only gone there to get the essentials for Winskill:  a bed,  a wardrobe,  a dining table and chairs, and a couple of lazy boys,  but in their excitement Poppy and Andy had got carried away, and were carrying away far more than they’d intended!

Amongst so many other things they’d bought themselves:

May 19, 2012

Slave Auction?

by 3arn0wl

Auction Day, and Liam Evans was convinced he was being hazed again when he saw the following lots up for auction in the catalogue: