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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Speed is key when it comes to conducting an auction. The faster you sell your possessions, the sooner you can divest yourself of your possessions and collect your money. To that end, there are some different auction types available that can help you clear out your closets, houses, storerooms, and barns, quickly and efficiently. Each auction type has its similarities and differences, advantages and disadvantages, and you will want to consider each auction type carefully before making a decision.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

It’s common knowledge these days, that if you have unwanted stuff or if you’re looking for more stuff without paying full price, a garage sale is a good place to start. Bargain hunters spend much of any given weekend looking through neighborhood garage sales for the deal that will make them happy. Besides garage sales, you should also check out estate auctions. The idea is quite similar. People who have things they can’t use anymore try to sell to those people who need them. Below are some differences in an estate auction and a garage sale.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Shabby chic borrows from everything and anything and brings them all together into one modern design. This design is all about making new furniture look old, and utilizing antiques for a fresh look. Be ready to find shabby chic items anywhere from your grandmother’s house to your local estate auction.

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

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

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.