…lots of good things happening!
I haven’t been able to update this blog lately, simply because I have just been too busy!
Been working on three auctions this month, and when you post over 150 photos per auction, there is a lot of time spent on the computer! However, judging from your comments, it is well worth the time and effort.
Monday April 18th I helped launch a new auction venue in the Orangeville area. Basically I supplied the auction services and staff, but the consignments were the responsibility of the owner of the hall.
I was surprised and pleased to see the number of regular customers who made the trip! It is 45 minutes west of Pottageville, so I knew there would be some regulars because they live in the area, but I didn’t expect 2/3’s of the crowd to be familiar faces!
As expected the crowd was smaller than what we usually have in Pottageville,, and of course the over-all quality of the sale was not what we do in Pottageville, but I think we made it very clear it is a work in progress, and there is still a lot of work to do to get it to the level we would all like. At this point, plans are for more renovations to the building and a bigger and better sale sometime in the next few months.
So now, plans for the summer months. This year I will not be going back to Cookstown. We did some huge and wonderful sales there over the last three years, but they are making renovations to the building that will now allow us to do auctions there anymore. It appears the old concrete floor will be replaced with a sand or styrofoam covering, so obviously you cannot hold an auction on that kind of surface!
I was unsure if I was going to go back to Cookstown anyway. The sales in Pottageville have been doing very well, so I was reluctant to leave it for the summer months.
I have Saturday sales booked for April 30 and May 21, but after that I am considering going to a Saturday night sale. Things get very busy on a Saturday during the summer, and I like the idea of doing a Saturday night auction. It would seem more like a night out! Maybe have a barbeque food booth…perhaps sell outside for a bit…not sure exactly what to do, so if you have any input I would certainly welcome it!
I will be doing some sales on a Friday evening. The sales for Raymond and Cecile Bates are a little smaller than our regular consignment sales, so we could set them up on a Friday and do them Friday evening. (the hall is not available for us to set up on Thursday, or any other time during the week except for Friday).
My regular consignment auctions are too large to set up on one day and do the sale the same evening, so that’s why Saturday night could work for me. I could also do Sunday sales, but I just don’t see us as a Sunday auction. Too big and too much energy for a Sunday!
So things continue to be extremely busy and I will be making some changes to accommodate, and that is what makes the business so interesting!
Have fun on the auction trail!
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