My supplies for an auction on a cold day like today:
Warmest mittens -- check
Double socks -- check
Sorels -- check
Coffee mug -- check
Auction number --check
Spending a Saturday at Auction!
How do you do an auction?
- Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the auction start time to preview what is for sale. You are buying it "as is" -- so know what you might be bidding on. If there are "box lots" (a box of items sold together) take a look at what is in each box.
- Get your number -- for this, you will need your driver's license. Check to see if there is any "buyer's fee" -- that is an additional amount/percentage you will pay if you win an item.
- When an item comes up that you are interested in, plan how high you will go -- and jump in. To place a bid - raise your number. Once you make your initial "notice of intent" -- the auctioneer will follow your head nod or shake to see if you are still in it. Most auctions move in $5.00 increments--and don't worry, scratching your head will not be considered a bid.
- If you win an item - write it down on your card -- that way you know how much you are spending --- easy to forget if you spend a bit of time at auction. Generally they will give you the item right away to stash at your feet or near by.
So, what did we get?
Hint: see that galvanized container of signs in the middle of the picture -- that is at my feet.
Are you an Auction Aficionado?