This past weekend Stef and I decided to take a small trip to Northern PA to attend a cataloged auction in Rural NY. I've been to my share of Estate sales and Antiques Auctions, but I have never been to a cataloged sale. This particular sale had some amazing items from wooden octagonal bolt bins, to pretty much an entire 1800's General Store. It really was an amazing group of items that I felt my customers would love to have.
|Finishing up our dinner!|
The family hopped into the Jeep (gave some steak scraps to the pups) and made our way to our hotel in Bradford, PA. (I was driving and it was dark, so there are no pictures of the drive up). We made it there around 1am, after stopping a few times for the dogs to stretch and get some air. Stef did a great job finding a hotel that was pet friendly and also included breakfast for $100 a night!
The next morning we made our way to the auction (which also happened to be Stef's FIRST auction). It was a beautiful, short drive through an Indian Reservation and Bear Country!!
|We LOVED seeing these signs!|
It was about 35º outside so we brought the dogs and let them camp out in the back of the Jeep so we could walk them throughout the day (they would've freaked out in the hotel room anyway). Unfortunately, the auction was pretty much a bust. I picked up a cool oak cabinet and a pretty stained glass window for our kitchen. The items were awesome, but the prices were out of my range to make a profit. We left semi-empty handed but it was a learning experience. I'm not sure if people were buying for themselves or maybe I just don't charge enough for the stuff I find, lol.
|Standing in the back, trying to get some treasures at a good price!|
|Poor Old Sunni, 6 hours in the back of the Jeep.|
|Scout getting some fresh air!|
|Downtown Bradford PA, the snow just starting to come down, from our Hotel Parking Lot.|
Since it was dark when we dove up, we didn't get to see the amazing views of Northern PA. Loved the mountains, forests, and rivers! I had to stop and snap some pics.
|A feeder into the Susquehanna, the road follows it from NY to Harrisburg.|
|Loved all the moss!|
|I'd love to have a small cabin right here.|
And since we were in N. PA, I had to stop and snap some Oil Rig pics. Oil was first discovered in PA in the mid 1800's and at one time, was the largest oil producing area in the world. Unfortunately, we've used up much of the PA reserves (hence the hydraulic fracking debates) but there are pockets of oil production. The town we stayed in, Bradford PA, is the home of Zippo Lighters, Case Pocket Knives and Brad Penn Motor Oil. Brad Penn Refinery is the oldest continuously operating lube oil refinery in the US and refines ONLY 100% PA crude oil.
All in all, the trip was a fun, short excursion with the family. We love to travel and are planning on more small trips in the States this summer. Sure I didn't come home with the treasures I wanted, but sometimes, the journey is the reward, not the destination.