What are you doing this weekend? Looking for something different? If you’ve never been to an auction there is no time like the present.
Mark and I started to going auctions a few years ago and became enamoured with the whole experience. We have found unique and special items, we have flipped a few things to make a profit, and had a lot of fun doing so. Some of our most favorite pieces in our house (like these copper kettles) are from auctions.
We have learned a few things along the way…
First, come prepared. Auctions are often several hours long and the one thing you might have your eye on may take a while to get to which means you need to be comfortable. You will need to know what payment methods are accepted and have the means to transport your purchases. Next, know your limit. It is easy to get carried away with the excitement and get carried away during bidding. We have made the mistake of paying more than we wanted (or should have) because we got wrapped up in the moment…its an adrenaline rush! Last, don’t get discouraged. You will get outbid. I have found myself immediately attached to an item I felt like I “had to have” and the bidding ended up going far beyond our limit…it wasn’t meant to be.
The most important thing is that we truly enjoy going to auctions, regardless of what we may or may not come home with.
Ready to check one out? A great resource (that we use regularly) to find local auctions is Auction Zip. You can type in your zip code/range/date/etc and it will show a list of area auctions with location, time, and even photo previews of what will be offered. We typically stick to estate or antique auctions.
If you are an auction frequenter, or end up going for your first time, I would LOVE for you to share your favorite buys!