Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Onsite Auction in Rhode Island

Oh, what fun we had. This is my favorite type of auction, which sadly does not happen much anymore, at least out here in New England.

This particular auction was at a 1691 house, see above,  named the Josiah Crane house, a lovely gambrel roof house with beautiful property. I love the fenced in flower garden in front.
This is the giant tent they set up in front of the barn. They started the auction here with the nice smalls and better furniture, like the highboy. After the exciting bidding on the more expensive things, they started a "walk around" to auction off the stuff that was arranged around the outside of the barn, iron charcoal making implements, odd chairs, drying racks, all kinds of obscure farming bits.
Apparently they found a lot of great old stuff up in the barn, and in the outbuildings. This wonderful old wagon was in parts up in the barn. It sold, of course.

After the barn stuff we all walked around to the outbuildings. Here is the Colonial era schoolhouse, with all kinds of wicker piled outside.
Sadly, here is the inside of the school house. There was an antique loom piled in the corner to the left, which I of course bought and hauled out, with risk to life and limb. Well, actually the nice son of the owner hauled it out for me. All we had to do was try and fit it all in the van, unload it, spread it out on the driveway and get out the bug spray. The powder post beetles that had destroyed the back wall had made a start on the loom, or at least I was worried they might have.
Every old farm needs an outhouse! The nice Coke machine in front sold of course

Here's something I've never seen in New England before, a corn crib.
If you look underneath, you can see rough granite pillars that hold up the crib, for air circulation, or so I was told by local people. And the holes in the side are for the same reason.
Here is the old stone blacksmith shop. All the old iron and plows and stuff inside were sold.

What a great day we had. And if you're looking for a property in New England, and maybe Rhode Island would work, here is the realtor's info, Andy Schilke 401-793-6399. The property includes all the beautiful buildings I've shown, as well as 40 acres and is on the Beaver River.

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