one for our record books!
Wow…what can I say about the March 26 auction?…Well there is a lot to say actually!
Our biggest crowd since we moved to Pottageville and one of our largest crowds ever! Of course it was one of our best sales ever!
Usually if we have 100 bidders registered by the time the sale starts, I know we will have a pretty decent crowd. This sale we had almost 200 register by sale time and a total of 218 registered for the day!
At the beginning it was wall to wall people sitting and standing, and we did our best to show off the items so everyone can see, but it is not easy when it is that crowded. I expected a large crowd because we had some pretty good items once again, but I did not expect that many people!
Of course the crowd thins out a little after a few hours, and I am sure some people may have found it too crowded and perhaps left early, but the crowd was there almost to the end.
Prices were strong overall throughout the auction, and I was pleased with the sale overall. Naturally there are some disappointments, but I think all consignors involved in this auction will be pleased. Usually in every consignment there are a few items that fall below what we expected, but hopefully that is off-set by the pieces that bring more than expected. As I’ve said many times, you have to look at the overall picture, and average it out.
This sale I had to sell a little faster than usual, because we had a time restriction. Because of other commitments, we had to have the sale over by 4:00 pm at the latest. I think we finished about 4:10, so everything worked out ok. However, it is tough when you start the sale with the clock running!
So it seems like we have some strong momentum going with the Pottageville sales, and of course we still are planning some fine tuning and tweaking, but I have to admit, I am very pleased with the results in Pottageville. Also the phone has been ringing steadily with good consignments coming in, so the next few sales are filling up already.
April is going to be a very busy month. Two auctions in Pottageville and also I am part of a new auction venue opening on Highway 10 between Orangeville and Shelburne, on April 18.
I am working with the owner of “The Emporium” in launching an auction facility in that building. I will be doing the auctioneering and promotion, and using our staff as well. Bill, the owner of The Emporium, is lining up the consignments, renovating the building etc.
We agreed there is a need for a regular antique consignment auction in that area, and we all will be giving it our best shot to make it work. We would like to see regular monthly antique consignments auctions, and perhaps general household auctions, running from that facility.
It is going to take a lot of work and some time, but I have a pretty good feeling about this.
So a very busy time ahead, and lots of work to do. At this time I have six large pickups to organize, and of course lots of paperwork, so time to get back to work!
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