A surprising Saturday

September 9, 2020


Saturday morning, Lloyd visited me at Council Fire and asked if I wanted to go to an auction in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I said, “Sure”, because my life is pretty boring.

It. was. Awesome.

Imagine, if you will, an abandoned mall, void of all merchandise and only about 100 people in its walls. There were two groups: one gathered in front of a screen for the online portion of the auction (all the big pieces of shelving, furniture and furnishings, and the other group was a rag-tag bunch of misfits following a guy with a microphone and a speaker on a cart, buying the remnants.

The whole experience ticked all my boxes – I am super-nosy and love to explore weird, junky places. I was exhausted after a couple of hours, and really wish I had a pedometer.

We didn’t buy a lot of stuff, which was fine by me. Lloyd bought a tool to help him run wire and also two boxes of individually-wrapped diapers for the Center to… use or give away? He also bought a small server rack that was mounted to a wall, but we couldn’t remove it. (While he was working on that, I poked through some bags of junk that were headed for the trash and took some trinkets. I felt like a rat. A happy, happy rat.)

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “A surprising Saturday”

  1. Brad Said on:

    A closed-down mall? That would be an amazing place to walk through. I’m envious!


  2. Mom Said on:

    Auctions intrigue me. So fun. Lloyd Sr is lucky though, I am not a good bidder. Sounds like a fun weekend to me.


  3. Lloyd Said on:

    My phone said that I took 20,000 steps and Google says that that is about 10 miles. I think Lauren might have walked farther.


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