I woke up about 5:15 on Saturday morning and grabbed my iPad to check the headline articles on the Houston Chronicle website. One of the articles was exciting enough to have me wide awake in seconds.
The drive took me almost six hours, but when I found the building being used to register bidders (and to collect their cash deposits) I was told that the modern firsts had all gone before the lunch break. In fact, about 1200 lots were gone and 300 or so remained to be auctioned. Because the $50 deposit was not refundable - and because I wasn't really all that interested in the remaining lots - I decided not to register.
All was not lost, however, as I enjoyed wandering around little Archer City for much of the afternoon while mingling with book-buyers from all over the country. There was so little fiction in the auctions (not really surprising since that is the way I remember Larry's old Houston Booked Up store being stocked) that I probably would have had to overpay anyway if I wanted to bring anything home.
So...a few pictures from my afternoon are what I have to show for the 715-mile roundtrip. And, of course, lots of good memories - and those were free.
|The movie theater made famous in The Last Picture Show|
|Booked Up. No. 4, the auction site|
|Booked Up No. 3|
|Archer City's Public Library|
|The Spur Hotel|
|The Old Jail, now a public museum|
|The County Courthouse (across the street from Booked Up 4)|
|Interesting Marker, on courthouse grounds|