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Shopping from home is getting easier -- I swear!

Perhaps one of the least understood ways of shopping is the online auction.

When someone says the word auction to me, I can not help but thinking of a courtroom like vibe with paddles and numbers. Or perhaps fancy people winking, pinching their noses or some other form of communication I don't quite understand. I think of someone speaking/singing a fast and incoherent song full of numbers that I personally, have never hand in my bank account. Quite Frankly, the whole thing seems intimidating to me.

Thankfully, the online auction bears little resemblance to live, in-person auctions. In COVID times, they provide an exciting, safe alternative to shopping in malls and antique stores and you do it from the comfort of your home oh, and the DEALS you get are AWESOME!

But, how do they work?

Easy Peasy. Think eBay when it first started. eBay used to have an auction only format and then "Buy it Now" happened. By adding that button, it was transformed into a standard marketplace. eBay is great for instant gratification but the downside is that you can no longer get items at next to nothing.

Getting Started

Participating in an online auction will require you to sign into your buyers account. You will need to give your email & create a password (not if you just want to browse). If you would like to bid, they require you to add a payment method.

When you log in, you will see all of the Auctions that are in your area (you set the radius - since you will be picking your items up). They will be listed by what time and date the sale ends. On any given night there could be 2-10 auctions ending. An average Auction runs for 3-5 days but most of the activity happens in the last 15 minutes of the sale.

Most sales average 150 -250 items. Most of them start at zero dollars and you may bid in one dollar increments. These are the general rules.

Browsing is so much fun and I have seen such a variety of things for sale I couldn't do it justice. Furniture of all brands, clothing ,yard equipment, jewelry, sports equipment, cars, tools, collectibles, etc...


Example: If you see something you like, you bid the top price you are willing to pay (the seller does not see this amount). Lets say you see a Snow blower and it is currently at $10. You may bid any amount over $11.00. You decide that you are willing to pay up to $25.00 for said snow blower. This is the amount you bid. Now, if no one bids against you, you may end up paying only $11! You remain the high bidder until someone decides to bid $26 dollars. If they out bid you, you will be notified and are free to enter a higher bid. It goes on and on until the clock runs out. When the auction ends, your credit card is charged. You will then pick up your item at the time and date noted in the auction.

In short, its not only fun, you can save THOUSANDS of dollars, buy things you never thought you could afford and hey, look at you -- you are recycling! Giving an item a new life, keeping it local, using less of our natural resources, or simply reselling and making a profit -- even better.

Best Item I ever got

I won:

***a $1500.00 glass and metal desk for $1.00. ***The contents of someone's wood shop for $26. ***a giant stained glass pub window for $6.

You get the picture. Now if your still reading this, I will point you in the the direction of 2 decent online auction companies... you can start browsing and bidding today. My little vintage shop will be holding our first auction, set to end April 1st, so please visit my website and add your name to our email list ( ! We will keep you posted and hope that you will participate in helping me make this first auction a success!

Good luck and Happy Bidding.

Sheri at Pip's Curiosity Shoppe

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With limited budgets and COVID restrictions in place, we have decided to try our hand at "LIVE SHOPPING"! While we are still ironing out the details, this is what we can offer: Starting on Friday, November 27, we will be using Facebook Live to showcase gift ideas. All of the products featured are for sale and if you want them, you send a message to us and BOOM, it's yours! Free local delivery within 24 hours. Please like our facebook page so that you are notified of daily broadcast times!

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As seen in October 23rd, 2020 Newtown Bee

Business name: Pip’s Curiosity Shoppe

Address: 117C Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook

Owners: Sheri Legeret and Pippy Marie Legeret (dog)

What is your business background? 2020 has been a year of reflection. Many have chosen to take advantage of this great pause and change course, to do something more meaningful, and I am no exception. I left my direct marketing career to make the Pip’s dream come true. Hopefully, I can apply all I have learned to keep this curious little shoppe on the minds and in the conversations of potential customers all over the state of Connecticut. I am a storyteller and content creator by trade and a collector and artist by hobby... kind of like the Batman of Thrift.

I have had about 30 years to collect what is currently in our showroom and to build relationships with sellers, auction houses, salvage yards, and wrecking companies. In 2020, we (my husband Dave and I) finally took the big step to “go retail.” Taking advantage of buyers/renters market, we found our showroom space on the banks of the Pootatuck River — we can’t imagine a more beautiful location.

What is your business’ focus? Pip’s Curiosity Shoppe is not your average vintage store. One part antique boutique, one part art gallery, and one part collector’s paradise; you are guaranteed to find a one-of-a-kind gift for even the most discriminating taste. Pip’s pride is in the curation of curious things. The most interesting, hard-to-find, and rarest things you never knew existed, things you remember from long ago, and things of beauty... custom made for you. We scour estate sales, auction houses, and salvage yards to replenish our showroom often. We delight in finding the needle in the haystack.

What is something important to you that readers know about your business? At Pip’s we like to be “low impact” on our environment — we like to “walk the walk.” We look to the past to find items of quality. Whenever possible, we recycle — or as we like to say, “up-cycle” — to improve and modernize our merchandise. We want to take this opportunity to serve our community. We favor fair pricing and community over a quick buck any day, and word of our philosophies will be spreading.

Do you have any upcoming promotions or seasonal specials? You are always invited to make an offer, if there is something you love that is not in your price range! Everything in life is negotiable!

Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm; closed Monday. Expanded hours coming during the holidays.


Social Media: and

Phone: 203-491-2745 for the shoppe or 203-209-6924 to text Sheri


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Pip's Curiosity Shop
117 Church Hill Road
Sandy Hook, CT

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