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Do We Have $125?

4 Aug

I attended my first auction today with Doug Rogers, who is probably an auction pro. Garth’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, located in Delaware, hosted the Eclectic Auction this morning (the catalog’s online, for those interested), and it was a pretty interesting experience (save for the oppressive heat… no A/C in the auction room, apparently).

I didn’t bid on anything – out of my price range, for the most part – but I did see a number of items that I liked, especially when it came to glassware (obviously). The above glassware? My absolute fave.

In any case, I definitely plan on attending more, once I’ve learned a thing or two re: what things are worth, etc. But as or today’s experience, my two take-aways:

1. If a person is bidding (or even thinking about bidding) they mean business. And will literally plow through you like it is nothing… (Me to Doug: “Everyone here is socially inept.” Doug to me: Yeah, well it’s a business. But also… yes.”)

2. People are really, weirdly into dolls.

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Bling Ring

23 Jun

Photos by Jenny Rogers.

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time going through my Grandma Rogers’ jewelry. In fact, it’s really all I enjoyed doing at their place. Great grandparents, sure, but they lacked the pool – and during part of the year, freakin’ canal leading to the Atlantic – that my mom’s parents had. So, it was upstairs to the jewelry box I would go, to do this weird thing that I did as a kid, which probably explains my OCD-like tendencies today – I sorted. I loved to sort. By color. By size. By straight-up bling-bling, if you know what I mean. I sorted, then tried on, then re-sorted, then put it all away again. Weird kid, for sure.

In any case, my Granddad Rogers passed away during my last year of high school, and my Grandma is now, sadly, in a nursing home here in Columbus. I don’t see her much, which is an entirely different, depressing tale that I certainly won’t go into on this here wordpress, but recently my dad allowed me to take much (most?) of her baubles home with me. He recently sold her condo, and the Rogers household has been packed with … things. Good thing for my parents – I LOVE things. Trinkets? Gimme. Books? Gimme. Vintage glassware? Oh what are you kidding me?! Gimme. So, I’ve received a lot of all of that lately. And now, the incredible jewelry collection.

I’ve already worn a number of my Grandma’s pieces – I love how her style was so varied – and I feel like wearing her jewelry has given me just a tiny bit of insight into her life.

Disclaimer: The shark was actually my Grandma Pat’s. I loved that, too, as a kid, and she gave it to me when I graduated from college. Ah, grandmas. Aren’t they great?

So with all of this said, I give you some of my favorites.