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Chapter 5

Brendan registered at the front desk and received his little white paddle with red numbers on it. He had decided to bid on a few trunks that were full of old clothing and several side-by-sides that could be restored.

The auction began promptly at 8 AM and Brendan found his seat on a wobbly wooden folding chair at the rear of the main floor of the barn. The first items auctioned off were dinner tables followed by old school desks, roll top desks and side by sides. The side by side Brendan was interested in appeared on the auction block flanked by two young men who struggled to move the awkward piece of furniture to the front of the stage.

"The next item up for bid is this antique side-by-side circa 1857. It has the original glass in the door as well as the original key. There are four adjustable shelves, a small desk with pigeonholes and a small cabinet below the desk that locks. Looks like it is still locked folks," the auctioneer said chuckling. "The tag from the manufacturer is intact on the back of the item. Do I hear $500?" A man in the back of the auction house raised his paddle. $500, do I hear $550? A number of people raised their paddles this time and the bidding war began. By the time all was said and done, the antique side by side from the Moore estate had gone for $1675.

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