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Auction Deals: Vintage Porcelain & Furniture For Me

Good auction deals on vintage stuff make me smile. I brought home some interesting pieces from the Thursday night auction but no furniture.

The JTS goes to Saturday auctions but those tend to go on all day and my attention span isn’t that long…..my patience either. The Thursday night auctions go for 3 to 3½ hours and  I don’t make it till the end of those.

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Auction Deals Vintage Porcelain & Furniture For Me

I bought the porcelain enamel black and white vintage stove top covers for $6. I like the black and white design. One side is white porcelain and the other side has the design. I Googled them and found that some of the covers had handles and could be used as serving trays. These may have had handles originally but not any more. Do you guys have any info on the stove top covers?

auction deals in architectural salvage

Auction Deals

The tray of corbels and Hot Wheels cars was $6. I can use the corbels in upcycled projects. I don’t know why they mix such diverse things in the box lots.

nice iron telephone stand

I paid $4 for the iron telephone stand. I can’t resist iron or black distressed paint.

mahogany chest on chest

I couldn’t afford any of the furniture at the auction but I did pick up this piece at a local store for $85. More than I usually pay but I’ve had to up my spending limit on furniture. I have a hard time finding real wood furniture these days.

mahogany chest with drawer dividers

What do you think of the nice dividers in the middle drawer? You can see the insides of the drawers are in good shape, no stains or ugliness.

mahogany chest of drawers

Chest on chest is my favorite style. The piece had all of it’s original hardware but the veneer was a little beat up. I think I might keep the chest for myself.

two tone furniture

This is the chest we’re using in our bedroom now. I’ve been tossing around the idea of repainting it. Replacing it with the new chest is a much better idea. I’ll be sure and share once it’s painted. I’m sticking with off-white for the color.

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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. I think that piece is the same one my dad had for his bureau in the house where I grew up. Their next house had dressing rooms with built in drawers, so i think they left it at the old house. I would never have thought of that again if you hadn’t shown this one, thanks.

  2. Well, there always has to be one in the crowd. Replace the mahogany veneer or just stain that piece with mahogany stain. That was a expensive piece of American made furniture, meant to last a lifetime (or more). Use Ramax Furniture Masque (22.00) on that piece and it will look fabulous. Trends come and go but we will never have beautiful pieces like that again. It is a classic. I have a man who sets in broken veneers for me and I know you don’t have that probably…so you’ll probably paint it, but I haven’t seen such a beautiful piece for a long time. I get a lot of mahogany furniture in my shop from the 1940s, but that is even a step up from the 1940s variety. Those Federal brasses were worth the 85.00. Great buy and I bet it has dust dividers and center rails. Good eye!

  3. I think you should keep your exiting dresser it’s beautiful, and put the chest on chest out on the curb, I’m on my way over now!

  4. Love the chest of drawers (love the dividers) and the “bull’s eyes” (as I’ve heard them called).

    I’d have a difficult time waiting that long for an auction to end, too. Some people have time on their hands, but I’m sure your hands would be itching to do something way before the end! I have yet to attend an auction, but I might have to search for one close to home.

    Take care…Fonda

  5. You are right about finding decent used furniture at a reasonable price. Even the junk is expensive any more. I think you got a good price on the chest on chest and I’m looking forward to seeing it when you work your magic.

  6. Excellent junk! Love those corner blocks. That dresser is going to be fabulous when it’s finished. I also don’t understand how things end up in lots. I once bid up a lot that I only wanted one thing from and I heard someone saying the same thing, so I asked if I could buy the one thing I wanted from him if we both stopped bidding and he said yes!

  7. I love all of the pieces you have here. I too, cannot wait to see your final results. I know they will be fanstatic!

  8. That chest is exactly what I need for all my sewing stuff. Too bad you live so far away. Where I live in Texas are many thrift stores but the furniture is just too expensive, even the ones that look like junk and just need some TLC.

  9. I had a chest on chest like the one you paid $85 for. Bought it at auction, along with the dresser, about 35 years ago and refinished (stain) it and loved it all those years. However, it was a little bulky for our current BR, so I sold the set on Craigslist for $500. Don’t recall what I initially paid, and it looked great after refinishing it. Hope you have good success with your piece!

  10. Well I learned something new today. I had no idea those are stove covers. I always thought they were just medical trays.