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.