Trip To NYC & Saturday Night Auctions

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June 9, 2018
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A couple of things to cover. In mid-May I spent 7 days in New York City, and that was an experience!

Saw everything I wanted to see, walked about 75 miles in 7 days, but it was certainly worth it!

12-14 hour days traveling and walking around the city, but it is grander than I thought, and surprisingly enough, friendlier than I thought!

It was a good trip, but I was glad to get home. I am a country boy, and my house and little bit of property in the country outside of Barrie, is exactly what I want at this stage in my life. Great to travel, but great to be home!

Of course, when I got back home, I had to work my butt off to get a new furniture auction, and antique auction together!  (gotta pay for the trip)

The other thing I would like to mention is our Saturday night auctions. We started in May and will run them until September.

Prior to coming to Pottageville 7 years ago, we would do our auctions on Monday nights in the summer, and always drew big crowds.  The hall is not available Monday nights in Pottageville, so that created a bit of a dilemma for me.  Daytime auctions during the summer can be very tough.

I thought of doing a Saturday night auction, and floated the idea by a few people. The response was not particularly good.  Question was, “would anyone want to come to an auction on a Saturday night?”

Most of the people coming to our auctions are age 45 and older.  Auctions are social, so why not make a social evening out of it?  It’s a Saturday night out!

For the first few years, I advertised it in a tongue & cheek way, as “Saturday Night LIVE Auction & Singles Night In Pottageville”.  A few people took the singles night aspect seriously, and we had one woman show up last year asking what time the dance would start!  Rather than disappoint, I thought I would drop the “singles night” from the advertising.

So the first auction went very well, and we have had good crowds for every sale since.  As I said before, live auctions are an event…they are social…they can be exciting, and when so many auctioneers are now turning to on-line auctions, I am determined to stay the course and continue with our “fun, old fashioned LIVE country auctions!”

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