Buckeye Blogger Wins $500 in “Bid on a Budget” Contest at EJ’s Auction & Consignment

Public deemed Devin Gable of Salt and Pepper Moms best at bidding, buying and decorating — She also gets $100 EJ’s bucks to give away to her followers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (October 26, 2015) – The bids were cast, the rooms were decorated and now the votes have been tallied. EJ’s Auction & Consignment announced Saturday, Oct. 24, that lifestyle blogger Devin Gable of Buckeye was the winner of the auction house’s inaugural “Bid on a Budget” contest.

Gable, who blogs at SaltandPepperMoms.blogspot.com, redecorated her home office to beat out two other local lifestyle bloggers, all contributors to the West Valley Moms Blog. She took home the top prize of $500 cash and $100 in EJ’s Bucks to give away to one of her blog followers.

“I’d never been to an auction before this contest started,” said Gable. “The atmosphere was so exciting and fun and crazy – it was an adrenaline rush. I never knew what a great option auctions are for household items.”

Each of the three participants was challenged to redesign a room in her house using auction finds. The lifestyle bloggers had four weeks and a $500 budget to bid on and buy items from EJ’s and an additional four weeks to complete their room renovations. The public was then invited to vote for their favorite room redo online and in-store from Oct. 3 to Oct. 18.

“All of the final rooms were impressive,” said Erik Hoyer, EJ’s co-owner and auctioneer. “I’m glad I didn’t have to determine the winner myself, as I’m not sure I could have picked a favorite!”

In addition to Gable’s home office makeover, Goodyear resident Andrea Worley of AndreaWorley.com used auction finds to decorate her son’s bedroom, and northwest Phoenix resident Melanie LaDue of ReasonstoSkipTheHousework.com created a craft room as part of the contest.

For her part, Gable was able to purchase seven items for her room with her $500 auction budget, including a desk, dresser, baker’s rack, cuckoo clock, pair of lamps, model ship and globe.

“Auctions are a really good option for finding vintage and eclectic items you might not typically find at a regular store,” said Gable. “There are so many interesting items you can buy at EJ’s.”

Photos from the “Bid on a Budget” contest can be found at https://www.ejsauction.com/lifestyle-bloggers-contest/vote/.

EJ’s conducts three live simultaneous auctions every Saturday starting at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. (doors open at 9 a.m.). Patrons visiting EJ’s can also preview items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. For more information, visit www.ejsauction.com or call (623) 878-2003.

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Media Contacts:
Sue Kern-Fleischer, SKF Public Relations, (602) 810-1404
Erik Hoyer, EJ’s Auction & Consignment, (623) 878-2003

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