A couple days later, the said friend gave Matt call. He explained that he was taking a different direction with his career and wanted to start getting rid of some stuff. He said that he had stuff at his house and in a couple of storage units. Since it was still the middle of winter he was unable to get into his storage units, but he was willing to bring some boxes down from his house and have an auction.
A couple of weeks later, he brought down a trailer load of boxes and told Matt that he wasn’t sure what was in most of the boxes and to have fun. I was super disappointed that I couldn’t be there to help Matt start unpacking. I love setting up for auctions, because it is like Christmas day as a kid all over again. As the day went on, Matt sent me some text messages with photos of what he was finding. With each text message I got even more jealous!!! As Matt was setting up and taking pictures I found a way to have to stop at the Auction Center, so I could check everything out in person.
There are two things when it comes to auctions you can’t control- the weather and if people will bid or not. As the auction drew closer the weather reports started talking about an early spring snow storm. The phone started ringing, the emails started to come in and auction customers started to ask, “If we get a snow storm, are you still going to have the auction?” As they say in show business the “show must go on” and in the auction business the auction must go on.
The day of the auction, I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and looked outside to see a small covering of sparkling white snow. My heart dropped. But I was hopeful that we wouldn’t get any more and it wouldn’t affect the auction. As the morning went on and time for the auction drew closer, the snow started to fall. Our phones started ringing and we put posts on social media to let people know that that auction would go on as scheduled. By 8:00 a.m. our phones were ringing off the hook with bidders wanting to set up absentee and phone bids.
As we were talking to customers, getting customers that had made the trip to Earlville checked in, our computers decided that they didn’t like the snow either and they didn’t want to talk to each other. It was one of those mornings, that if something could go wrong- it went wrong. We got the computers talking again and with customers still trickling in we started the auction. Even after we started, we continued to receive phone calls, text and private messages to bid on items.
During the auction, I had the opportunity to bid on several items for an absentee bidder that collects World War II memorabilia. It was fun to bid on things for him and I was able to deliver the items he purchased last week. They will become part of his collection, that I hope I will get to see one day.
At every auction, there are items that I have never seen before and may never see again. Here are a few of my favorite items from the March 24th Auction-
Lot #4- Bunte Chocolate Pumpkins Box
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