Hubby and I frequent two estate auction houses in our area. One place has a serious, rigid, don’t-bother-me-I’m-here-to-bid-against-you attitude, and the other one has a friendlier, more relaxed atmosphere. So we were at the rigid auction place one night and as we're collecting our items at the end of the night I didn’t realized hubby bid on these two old jugs from the silent auction table and when he saw someone was holding one of them he half jokingly said “Those are my jugs!”
and the "jug" comments ensued... "nice jugs!”, “what a nice pair!”, “those are big jugs!”. it definitely broke the ice and it was nice to finally see that some of these folks got some kind of sense of humor.