Love That Hoosier Hospitality
Laurence and I had never had a chance to visit Indianapolis before. When the Indianapolis International Airport’s annual auction came up, we jumped at the chance. What a wonderful place and what awesome people! I now understand what the term “Hoosier Hospitality” means. The people we met were some of the friendliest and generous we had ever had the chance to meet! The weather was freezing and it actually snowed the morning of the auction.
This auction is held in an actual airplane hangar. Chairs were set up for about 200, the normal attendance. Who knew that the auctioneers would promote the event so well? There were over a thousand folks in line … all bundled up to keep out the cold … and all very anxious to get in. The auctioneers were running a bit late, so at one point the folks in line (including Laurence) started yelling, “Open the door!!!” As we all filed in we were able to begin to take a look at the items up for sale. There were so many bidders that the auction had to start before everyone could get in and the preview could be completed. Since there we no seats available, people were standing shoulder to shoulder everywhere!
We saw baggage, electronics, toys and bags of jewelry… the stuff we’ve grown to expect. However, in this auction there were actually some cool antiques and collectibles! We saw, and almost bid on, a vintage false teeth manufacturing equipment set. Just what the dentist ordered! Unfortunately, by the time it came up we had already spent our budget for the auction. Bummer. There were also old bottles, meat grinders, collectible figurines, etc. We set our eyes on a most unusual antique parlor organ. It came with a collection of 16 cobs, the cylinders that play different music. Just how did we do? Hmmmm … you’ll have to take a look I’m afraid!
– Sally Martin