Off The Shelf.
I wish I could go to a store and find the pieces I wanted and just pull them ‘off the shelf’. But part of the appeal of each item I find is that they are not found in stores or on shelves, but through word of mouth, or online or most often, estate auctions. And while the auctions are the greatest and most reliable source of new stock, they are also tricky ground. I have written before over on my Facebook page about buying in auctions and the amazing things that can be found, but yesterday was a tough day over in auction land.
Each week I scour the upcoming auctions and identify the pieces I like. I note them down, get condition reports and work out how much I can afford to pay taking into account buyers premium and the freight back to the farm and what I think is a fair price to then sell it for. These notes and calculations form the basis of my buying strategy either live in the auction or over the internet.
With all this in hand, the auction begins and most of the time, I have a good run, winning some lots and missing out on others. I have a couple of auction nemesis’ or foes, who I know are likely to be bidding on the same items as me which always means I will have to fight harder and closer to the top end of my budget if I want to secure them, and that’s okay, it’s part of the fun. But yesterday, I really struggled to place the winning bid on any of the items I had marked down and seeing piece after piece, sail quickly past where my budget ended, wasn’t much fun.
But not all is lost! I did have the opportunity to secure one lot that I’ll post about later in the week, which was really quite special.
And there will still be plenty of new pieces going up this week and the hunting continues….!