Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013
Written by Stephen Garrett for UNC Health Care
Bela Emory, RN, CPN, BSN has been a nurse at UNC Hospital for more than 25 years working the night shift in Pediatrics. While most of us are soundly asleep, she's caring for her patients, who are also hopefully asleep. In the quiet moments of the night, if she's not catching up on patient charts or other duties, you might find her daydreaming about her next big find at the antique auction. Bela spends much of her time helping her husband with his antiques business and loves collecting Campbell's soup advertisements when she can find them.
My co-producer Nathan Clendenin and I joined Bela and her husband, John, one recent Friday evening at the Mebane Antique Auction Gallery. Nearly every Friday evening a crowd of antique dealers and interested buyers fill the building surrounded by a mass of interesting objects. From Civil War memorabilia, to dolls, to furniture, to jewelry and fine art, a wild variety of antique things is put up for sale at break-neck pace. A fast-talking auctioneer sets the tone as his helpers point out which interested buyer will pay the most to win the bid. For me, it was as exciting as watching live basketball!
We hope that you enjoy a glimpse into Bela's life as a dedicated pediatric nurse and antique enthusiast. If you're interested in having fun at the Mebane Antique Auction Gallery, check out their website at http://www.mebaneauction.com.