Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Auction Tip #2

So you have seen an ad either online or in your local paper for an auction, and you have just arrived at the sale itself.  You pour over what is at the sale, and you have a good idea of what you could comfortably pay for that really cool side table, or that stack of linens.

Now What?

With any live auction, you need to get what is called a “Bidders Number”.  The auctioneer will have a registration station set up somewhere on the premises of the auction.

 At this station, you show them your valid ID (usually a driver’s license), and you will need to give a phone number as well.  Once you have your number, you’re now able to bid on that really cool Fenton vase.  Just don’t get carried away.


  1. Love auctions--we have a local one every tuesday nite--you can get carried away with the bidding wars sometimes! We love auctions almost as much as visiting the junk stores and fleas. Great blog and good luck with your antique business.

  2. Looks like you have lots of useful info to share. I haven't been to many "live" auctions...I admit, they make me kind of nervous. My husband does better at them than I do :) Welcome to blogging...can't wait to follow along! Laurel

  3. They can be pretty intimidating, especially when you are a new auction-goer. Once the you get over the nerves and start to bid on a regular basis, it's off to the races! After a while, the nervous feeling you get when bidding as a newbie will be replaced as adrenalin when you become a veteran. Good luck!

  4. Yes, it's a disease......so BEWARE!!! 8-)

  5. If there is any cure for it, I don't want to know about it. I'm having way too much fun!