Janet and I really enjoy AUCTION Shopping.(Even more than Flea Markets). Mid-week we get a throwaway newspaper with the local grocery ads and classifieds in it...and a few local news and sports stories too. In the classifieds there are anywhere from 6 to 15 or so Auction Listings. Most of them are estate sales-- a farm house, land broken up into useable parcels of 5-20 acres each, or sold whole...and a long list of personal property broken down into catagories like- Antiques- Collectibles- Guns- Farm Equipment-Tools- hobby stuff- etc. If the person has a real collection of merit then it will be described also. Business's write-ups usually describe the items on the auction list in enough detail for a novice like me to discern if we want to drive 50 miles out to the location to see if we want the items bad enough to bid on them.
Sometimes the whole estate is junk, not worth waiting around to bid on, but many times there are boxes of items that may have a valuable suprise in them. I was looking around at one, and dug around in a trash bag that had a couple of handmade Afghans in the top. Under them was a brand new, factory sealed bag with a king-sized dual control electric blanket. The seal had never been opened on the package. I waited for the bag to come up for bid....The auctioneer couldn't get $10 for the "bag of Afghans" so I offered $5. He closed immediately so he could move on to another item..and We got the Blanket for $5.
Yep auctions are fun, when you have the time and desire to wait them out!!