May 14, 2006

Sunday is Auction Day

It's Sunday and that means Auction Day. My parents have found a weekly auction in Emmitsburg, about an hour north of D.C.
I love going to the auction because you never know what treasure you might find. BUT… Red sticks out like a sore thumb. The majority of people at these auctions are the Good-Ole-Boys. They smell like they had one too many beers the night before, or maybe it's just their BO from being out in the woods hunting and they haven't had time to shower.
Today there wasn't much to choose from but they always have tools and this is what the Good-Ole-Boys come to the auction for. This is when my Dad stepped up to see if he could get any deals as Mom was rifling through the other tables, for the fifth time, to see if she could find anything. I noticed that every man there was wearing a baseball cap and no two were alike. It's not just women who don't want to show up at an event wearing the same dress as someone else, evidently, men feel the same way and it's evident at this event they didn't want to show up wearing the same hat. All the hats were of a similar nature promoting farm equipment or fishing gear. Oddly enough, none were of sports teams except for one in tribute to Dale Earnhardt.
Emmitsburg is only an hour north but it a place where everything seems simpler and there's no hustle and bustle. They have their own fashion style and it seems to be stuck in the 80's. The women are no nonsense, e.g. the woman who wore the same hunting camouflage jumper as her man. The ones who are high maintenance go a bit overboard and have bleach blond frizzy hair, big bangs and overdone eyeliner. The shoe of choice is the Reebok High Top and here I thought they had stopped manufacturing those 15 years ago.
The older men have the long beards, missing teeth and Buddha bellies wearing their overalls and John Deere caps. The older women look similar but none of them seem to worry about it.
I have made some great finds at the auction but it's usually hit or miss. The one constant are the people and that may be my favorite part.

To find and auction in your area: