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  •  You go to a lot of auctions in person? (5+ / 0-)

    I've never been to one... I think I'd enjoy it.

    •  They tended to be long half-days (6+ / 0-)

      and conditions varied wildly: somewhat formal arrangements and protocol at a hotel's conference center (or, simply adjoining rooms), a convention hall, extra space behind a large store/warehouse, someone's home (especially for estate sales, which were sometimes combined), etc.

      My mom dragged us everywhere and she decorated much of our house from years of dedicated auction-goings, finding private sales in Classifieds, stopping at seemingly most yard/garage sales we passed in the car, etc.  I've inherited some of her finds, though have been selling things like French Colonial couches and such because my spouse only ever saw my inherited items as "not hers" when we were furnishing the house in earlier days.  I would still be going at almost the same pace of my mom, but since my spouse desires all "new" items (except for certain ceramics and glassware), it's not something that I've practiced with the kids, much.

      It's rewarding to become satisfied with things you've found, reused and made a part of your own style.  Takes patience, much of which had to be learned.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 10:40:38 PM PDT

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      •  So... (5+ / 0-)
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        you'd mainly go to find house furnishing and things like that, rather than looking for undervalued items you could flip?

        If I were to go to an auction, I'd probably be more interested in turning a profit on what I buy, which wouldn't happen all that often (if ever) since I have the type of personality that would get me into all kinds of bidding wars and wildly overpay.

        •  It was for personal need and desire, (4+ / 0-)
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          not for profit - we lived with everything brought home.

          Got into bidding matches once in awhile, if we truly desired a certain piece and the ceiling didn't seem too ridiculous relative to its uniqueness and applicability.

          e.g., I have a lovely tiger stripe, folding secretary desk at one end of our dining room that could likely go for something reasonable - but, it looks very nice in it's current setting.  That came from an estate sale IIRC, but we got there early on the first day and were lucky.  Sometimes, people would show up the day before and start pestering the owners - those kinds of pieces would then be sold before their advertised start date.

          For a gold fabric French Colonial couch, I simply gave it away after finding a local woman who wanted to restore it and had a perfect place in her home where it could work.

          But, yeah: there were lots of people at the auctions looking for buying low on potential unknowns, hoping to sell them high, elsewhere.

          "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

          by wader on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 11:12:59 PM PDT

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          •  I'm sure there'd be things I'd want to keep... (4+ / 0-)
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            it's just that all of these reality shows I watch have gotten me addicted to (the concept of) profit.

            I'm seriously considering quitting my job and going offshore gold dredging in Alaska this summer... or maybe hunting for raw gemstones in a Latin/South American jungle.


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