I’ll make that bid!

As many of you know (at least those of you who follow Antique Trader on Twitter and Facebook), editor Eric Bradley and I showed up at the same auction last Saturday.

It was a multiple-estate and consignment auction held in Weyauwega, Wis., at the Liebe auction facility. There were crocks galore (some in “barn found” condition: dirty but in great shape), Fiesta ware, carnival glass, Depression glass – all going for bargain basement prices.

There was even an absolutely gorgeous walnut cylinder desk. It went for only $595.

But then there was a pizza oven that went for almost $40; that left Eric and me scratching our heads.

I didn’t have a child in tow that I had to entertain or keep busy so I was able to thoroughly enjoy myself. Of course, if my daughter were there to distract me, I probably wouldn’t have ended up with a truckload (literally – not figuratively) of treasures to haul home. … I still haven’t sorted it, by the way. There’s soooo much!

I did score a beautiful painted green chest that will go great with my dining room cupboard (CLICK HERE to see the post about the cupboard: Falling in love with old paint) I’ll try and get a picture posted.

As I was soaking up the whole auction experience, I was watching around the room and watching the crowd. I can’t help but smile when I think about all the different bidding styles bidders use.

Some bidders make a show of it: they raise their cards with flourish and they drop out of the bidding with just as much theatrics: with a disgusted shake of the head and turn their bodies away.

Some are sneaky; they signal the auctioneer with an almost imperceptible nod of the head or flick of the card.

Some use intimidation; they hold their card up and keep it there, signaling the crowd that the item will be theirs at any cost.

What style do I use? I’m all business. I keep steady eye contact and raise my card confidently and clearly. I don’t bid just to run the price up. I bid because I want something. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve got a set price in my head what I will go up to … and usually I stick with it.

Ah, good times! So, where’s the auction next weekend?

What is your bidding strategy? Or maybe that’s a secret …

We’d love to hear your auction stories. Post a reply here or e-mail them to Eric.Bradley@fwmedia.com or Karen.Knapstein@fwmedia.com.

— Posted by Karen Knapstein


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