There is a very well-reputed auction house not far from where I’m living called “Buckley Galleries”. I heard all about this place when I first moved to Dublin — a great spot for lots of items — not just antiques. I was hankering for a V.E.R. (very expensive rug) which would have cost me in the neighborhood of $2500 (which is more than the cost to fit out the bathroom — hmmm, a rug or a bathroom fitout?). The bathroom fit out won out and so I’ve been on the hunt for an inexpensive option. As my house will be largely IKEA given my budget, I really want to get a few items that aren’t IKEA so that my place isn’t too cookie cutter.
Since I’m working during the day when the auctions are held, my auction fairy, Clodagh (pronounced Clo-dah), went down to the auction on my behalf, found this rug and bought it for 135 euros a mere 7% of the cost of my V.E.R.
Clodagh did her homework and had been tracking the prices of the rugs for a few weeks so that she had her finger on the pulse of what to bid. This one was a song compared to other weeks so sometimes you just get lucky. So, I highly recommend checking out the auction houses for good finds — and securing the free services of an auction fairy is also highly recommended.