Sometimes You Just Have To Roll With The Punches!

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April 23, 2015
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It’s been an interesting week to say the least Back in mid-March I had my antique auction in Pottageville ready to go.  Everything set.  Hall was booked for March 28, but two weeks before the auction, the township called and informed me they are drilling a new well in Pottageville, and there will not be any water on the date my auction was booked. So auction cancelled.  I found out just in time to cancel my print advertising, so I wasn’t out any money.  Contacted all the consignors and informed them the auction was postponed until April 11. So, this week , on Tuesday, I am checking my email and receive notice that once again there will be no water in the hall for my auction…we are postponed again! Problem is, this time the print advertising is out, and there is nothing I can do to retract at this point! We cannot do an auction without any water, plus there would be a well drilling crew working on hooking up the new well during our auction…that’s not gonna work! So this time I change the advertising on all the websites, send out my email list, do a paid facebook blast and call the consignors once again, to inform them the sale will be held May 2.  This time I am out the cost of the print advertising, but there is nothing I can do. All the consignors have been very understanding, and since I have most of the auction in storage, none of the consignors have been inconvenienced ….they are just going to have to wait a little longer to have their items sold. So needless to say it has been a frustrating and stressful week.  However, there are times when there really isn’t anything you can do, except roll with the punches.  It’s not anyone’s fault…there is no point in being upset with anybody.  It is similar to what a business goes through when construction crews tear up the road in front of their business.  The work has got to be done, and you just have to bite the bullet. So, I haven’t had an antique auction since late January.   I deliberately did not do an antique auction in February, because I thought it would be nice to have a little time off.  2014 was an extremely busy year for me, and I could do with a little break.  Little did I know how long that break would be! Although, in all honesty, this year we have been very busy doing new furniture auctions, so that is keeping the wolf away from the door! I have been doing antique auctions almost every month for the last 18 years.  I don’t want anyone thinking I have been ignoring that part of my business.  It has just been an unfortunate set of circumstances that prevented me from doing the antique auctions…I have been ready to go since mid-March! So I will do catch up in May….our first sale May 2 and then another May 30, and we hopefully will be back on track! The one good thing about keeping antiques in storage…they won’t spoil…they just get older…and that’s a good thing! Thanks for your patience and understanding. Rob
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