I've Got 2, Who'll Give Me 3?

(Hello to Sarah, of Kansas City, one of the four bloggers trying out for a place on the AT:Chicago editorial team. Comments welcome!)

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It's Spring all across the country, and for Kansas City metro residents that means fabulous things! We can walk places without needing ice skates, our heat can be turned off and most importantly.... it's auction time!! Last year I became...

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...a fan of Cates auctions out of North Kansas City.

Having sampled many of the local auction houses, auctioneers can be good old boys, chewing straw and wearing overalls... to men in suits who are on the ball. The fantastic group of people that work for Cates Auctions fall into the later category. They are there to get in and get out and they are easy to understand, even for a newcomer to the auction scene.

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My Saturday mornings are spent with a warm cup of coffee in my hand checking out items to re-use, re-purpose, or re-finish. In the midwest we have a vast untapped supply of great vintage pieces and odds and ends. In larger cities, when people wanted a change of pace... they have to bring in new furniture and get rid of the old due to space issues. In the heartland we merely find another room to stash it in until our children are forced to deal with it 50 years down the road!

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Think about things you can paint, refinish, or frame on the wall that will give your apartment/home a new breath of life, even if it means it's coming from something old! Make sure to take your drivers license and check to get your number. Don't forget a few basic terms that might help your auction experience. 99% of the time things are sold "as is" so inspect them before bidding on them!

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Here's to auction season! As long as you are ok standing up for yourself and outbidding the scary old man with the stinky cigar... you're bound to find a treasure or two!

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More info: Cates Auctions

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.