The Auction Purchase

On Saturday at the sale, I had my list. It read like this..carving supplies, carving wood blanks, Foxfire books, old cook books, marbles, cedar chest, glassware, humpback trunk, Juicer, electric mixer, and spinning wheel. I wanted the spinning wheel so badly, it belonged to my Uncles Grandmother and it came on a boat with her from Norway in the 1880′s. There was no way I could possibly hope to come home with it. I crossed it off my list. Certainly someone from my Uncles side of the family would want it.

Many years ago, my Mother shared a small inheritance with us. Three hundred dollars, we were to buy something we really wanted to remember our grandparents by. I tucked the money away, and have had one eye out for a spinning wheel. The antique ones were always too expensive. A new one was an affordable option, but I had never wanted to go there…it just didn’t seem right.

When the bidding on the spinning wheel started, I was in at 100, Far Guy was standing right behind me, whispering in my ear, ‘You deserve it" 150 "you have the money saved" 200 "Don’t let it go" 250 then the bids stalled..I thought I might get it at 250, no such luck, "Bid again" 270 "Don’t quit" 290 " keep going till 350" 310…SOLD.. I got it..and then the tears started. I had to chew on the inside of my cheeks for about an hour, so I wouldn’t be a blubbering idiot. Now everyone wants to know if I am going to learn how to spin.. maybe I will..maybe I will just look at it..someone from Far Guys side of the family wants me to spin him some yarn for some socks! I haven’t a clue what all the pieces do, or where they go..or if it will ever spin anything. I do have a cousin that spins and has her own wheel, she has kindly offered to teach me..someday. I have some fiber, it is all saved up from our four Shelties, from years ago. I know how to knit and crochet so at least I won’t have to learn how to do that too.

I need to thank my sister in law ( the eagle eye, who always sees Robin’s before me) for being observant. My brother didn’t like the way the bidding was going on the spinning wheel, he was about ready to start bidding..when his lovely wife said "I think your sister is bidding on it."

Now are you wondering why it was so emotional for me? Me, who rarely bawls about anything unless it involves a dog, a cat or a horse. It was such a mixture of happiness, unbelief and sadness all rolled into one. It was a circle completed. Something I apparently waited just the right amount of time for. Of all the beautiful pieces of furniture and all of the keepsakes there that day, I know that this spinning wheel was one of my Uncles favorite treasures. He would be happy. I was sad because I still miss him so much, even though he has been deceased a number of years.

My daughters may not be thrilled, another piece of odd ball furniture for them to deal with someday. I have contacted my uncles only brother for more details about the spinning wheel, hopefully he can help to recall more of the story that should accompany this spinning wheel. Maybe someday at another auction sale, someone will purchase it, maybe my brother. Whoever ends up with it, I hope they appreciate it as much as I do:)

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7 Responses to The Auction Purchase

  1. susan says:

    It’s beautiful just beautiful, I will truly enjoy seeing it in person one day soon. I am so glad you got it, connections to our past are important, more so as we age. I think maybe because it is like giving those who have gone before us importance, thus helping us feel that our presence also may be felt by our future generations. Now I do have some straw bales that you could spin into gold for me when you are ready, I would like to retire and could use the money.

  2. Avatar of Kay Syvrud Kay Syvrud says:

    we have a spinning wheel (maternal grandmother) in our family also…it is broken but fixable I think. Also have my grandmothers’ music box (very large and it still plays).
    It will never get auctioned I am certain. One of us will get it by the draw when the time comes.

  3. East Side Professor says:

    I am glad you finally got it too… and it won’t be a piece of junk I have to deal with someday… Does it have a year? Or a make of any kind?

  4. Far Side of Fifty says:

    No Year, no makers marks..at least that we can identify. There are some markings in a design on the flat part..but a design more than a mark. :)

  5. Avatar of abra la mente says:

    Congratulations on getting one of your longed for treasures. I have been in a similar situation twice, and the other party bidding against me was almost as intent as I, but stopped before I was willing to. ;-)

  6. Ann says:

    I’m so happy for you! This story made me cry.

  7. Rebecca says:

    I just stumbled on your blog…i have cried at 3 entries…the spinning wheel sent me over the edge…the house that was burned and that story started it….I too have family that came from Norway in the 1880′s…i understand the having to buy back family stuff too..your lake house reminds me of upstate NY…where i grew up. I so miss the “old” days all the people gone by!
    thank you so much for being so bold to share all this..your writing is poetic and you should really write a book. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you again for sharing so much!