SOLD TO THE LADY IN THE GREEN HAT by Emma Balley

SOLD TO THE LADY IN THE GREEN HAT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This account of Emma Balley's move to Vermont, where eventually she became Brattle-boro's first woman auctioneer overcoming the resistance to her sex, the doubts of her husband and the suspicions of the natives, provides a catchall of experiences, people and of course things- and it has a genuine human interest. The demands of the old house the Bailoys bought, and a barn they had little use for, plus a family interest in all auctions, decided her to take up auctioneering, and her first, deliberately delayed, auction was held in the barn. Slowly gaining a reputation in a part of the country where confidence is hardwon, she now holds both house and barn auctions; she has handled anything from the unidentified object which turned out to be a left-handed laundry stick and ended up in the Shellburne Museum, to farm equipment. She was asked to auction off a consignment of stolen goods; she aroused chauvinistic community action when a flag was put up for sale; she has had many experiences with haggling buyers and mistrustful sellers; but all in all she has found it rewarding (not in dollars and cents) ... As they say in her part of the country, ""right nice"".

Publisher: Dodd, Mead