Top: Assistants in yellow shirts and hats hold up place settings for the predominantly female crowd, as the auctioneer calls for high bids on china, kitchen items and knick knacks.
Middle: Matching “World’s Greatest Grandpa” and “World’s Greatest Grandma” trivets, with matching miniature display easels. The trivets were sold together with the ashtrays and cookie cutters in the cardboard box as part of one box lot. In the background lies a plastic box, for safe-keeping of recipe cards or floppy disks.
Bottom: Patrons await their turn at the refreshment trailer. A country auction is a great place to find yourself on a Saturday morning, if for no other reason than you need to eat breakfast. Homemade country ham biscuits were sold for one dollar, coffee for 50 cents. Nearer lunchtime hamburgers and hot dogs are sold along with soft drinks, chips and packs of nabs. At some country auctions in North Carolina a pig is roasted, and barbecue sandwiches are sold instead of the typical cook-out fare.
In the foreground of the photograph sits an ancient Singer sewing machine in well-used condition.