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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Many people love to shop estate sales or auctions with the hopes of finding a rare item for a bargain price. However, for the average person or beginner collector it can be hard to know what items are worth. Get some background information on the item in question. Look for manufacturer and designer marks. Check the condition of the collectible, whether it has been repaired or is in its original condition. With the background research you do for the item, determine if it is a common or rare piece. If you are still unsure of the value of a collectible, ask an expert. With some information and a little practice you will be able to determine the fair value of the collectibles you’re interested in.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Have you ever wondered about those speed-talking skills of an auctioneer? The energetic, entertaining chant, or bid calling actually started many years ago and is still a fixture in auctions today. This hypnotizing, rhythmic, fast-talking cadence has a specific purpose and over time, can be learned.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Taking part in a live auction is about much more than profits; it’s simply a good time. Ready to schedule your own and be a part of the action? Choose an experienced auction house that takes care of every detail. You don’t want to be left with purchases that aren’t paid for or more than one buyer. Assess the items you plan to put up for bid. An experienced auction house will have an idea of which items will bring you the most profit. You will also want to market your live auction to ensure a good turnout. The more your advertisement is seen, the more chances you have of organizing a large crowd at your live event.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Estate auctions have many of the same elements that you are already familiar with and most likely enjoy at garage sales. Your advertisement for this event should include some incentives. Have the estate auction outdoors, weather permitting, with plenty of food for your guests. These events can also be social when you enjoy things such as fresh air, fun, and finding those special items. With these tips, your estate auction can be a social event that people of all ages can enjoy!

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

In days gone by, crocks were used for multipurpose food storage, holding everything from dry goods to vegetables. Today, antique crocks offer your home a rustic, shabby chic, country farmhouse look and they are functional for many purposes, including storage and home decoration. Enhance your kitchen, dining room, bathroom and other areas of your home with this unique type of earthenware pottery, which you can usually find at an auction.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Always wanted to participate in the live action of an auction, but aren’t sure what to sell? Start by assessing your belongings and keepsakes. Determine which items may garner high bids, netting you a profit and cleaning out your garage or storage space at the same time. Some popular ideas for live auction items include antiques, artwork, jewelry, equipment, and real estate.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The fire ate through Melanie’s house, taking most of the structure in a life-changing early-spring event. Of course Melanie was upset about the loss of the house where her life had been staged for so many Christmases, Easters, and birthdays. But the absolute heartache came when she realized the blaze consumed irreplaceable heirlooms from her family, part of her own personal history. The insurance would take care of the house, but no amount of money could recover Grandma’s bed or her Aunt Sally’s armoire that had been lost in the fire. She was devastated at the loss of those and other family heirlooms. How could she replace family heirlooms and keepsakes? Why are those heirlooms so important? Can the keepsakes even be replaced?

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

According to regulations put in place in 1968, an antique gun is any firearm produced before December 31, 1898. These rifles that are over 100 years-old are sought after for their historical significance more than their performance. To understand why, you will need to look closely at early design and operation. Then, look at the benefits of owning antique guns and where to find them.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Not only is it cost effective to buy commercial restaurant equipment at auctions, but it’s easy too. However, there are a few things you need to consider before you place your bid. First, research used restaurant equipment. This research will help you when examining your potential purchase. Next, ask questions before you bid on these items. Finally, examine your equipment carefully and have transportation ready. You will be responsible for moving your own items.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

There are several kinds of auctions including reserve, absolute, silent, and live. These different types may require unique items. Before you participate in a silent or live auction, it’s best to have an idea of which items work best for that specific event. With this idea in mind, you can donate items that will fetch more money.