Friday, 25 November 2016

What Am I Bid?

If you want a couple of hours of free entertainment, just come to one of the local country auctions. It's great for my favourite hobby of "people watching" and you might score a bargain at the same time.


The auctions are held in the local Community Centre, usually on a long holiday weekend, like Easter or Thanksgiving. Notice goes out in the newspaper, and interested buyers come long distances to take a risk and spend their money.


I occasionally find something I really want, and bid on it, not always successfully I admit, but this time everyone was outbid by a couple of  buyers who were intent on clearing all the tables, and other bidders just didn't get a chance. I watched one of the men make notes in his notebook after each successful bid.... in Arabic. I was amazed at the different items they bought.... furniture, pictures, books, antiques, junk. Perhaps they were opening a store???




See anything you might have bid on? Too late, it's all gone.... sorry. See you at the next auction.

13 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

You are right about the fun of an auction. They can be dangerous though. A friend put in a bid 'to help the auctioneer' and wound up with twenty-five young cockerels she didn't want.

alphabet soup said...

I'm smiling at the above comment.

I'd like a similiar community sale near me but I want to SELL not BUY.

Ms Soup

Marie Smith said...

I would like to put things in an auction not bid on anything. But I like to listen at an auction and observe!

Anvilcloud said...

Too bad most people had their fun taken away.

Lowell said...

I don't think I've ever been to an auction. I'd rather rummage around in a 2nd hand store by myself. But then, again, not having been to one may mean I don't know how much fun they can be...right?

Angela said...

Love those old tea pots!! The washboard would surely make a great piece for deco!

LL Cool Joe said...

To be honest the stuff above looks like all the crap I'm trying to get rid of. Ha.

Shammickite said...

LL Joe.... that's why it's up for auction, someone else is trying to get rid of it all!

Giga said...

According to me, these auctions are very wise. If there is interest, it means that people are responding. * It's nice that you would look for me. Regards.

photowannabe said...

It's so frustrating when the Dealers get in there with their bank roll and outbid the "little" people. Kind of takes the fun out of it. Been there and done that.

Mike@Bit About Britain said...

Your photos reminded me of all the rubbish in our spare room. I checked to see whether it was still there; it is...

sonia a. mascaro said...

My husband would like the photo cameras...
I like the copper tea kettle!

The Blog Fodder said...

My aunt had a house and basement full of antiques when she died. There was a huge antique auction but located in small town Saskatchewan, even with advertising to all the antique dealers in the country, it did not bring near what it was worth.
I love farm auctions which I used to attend regularly with my father