Apparently this is the time to buy things at auction (but don’t tell anyone…) as I found out last weekend watching the online auction at Tenterden’s Auction House (lovely people, really helpful and friendly) at the Easy Live Auction website.
I could not believe my luck to win a drop-leaf Nathan coffee table for refurbishment at a bargain price (eBay has a stunning one for £175). My intended hobby is to restore such retro wonders, some for us as we like the style, but also to see about selling too. I’ve since gathered the necessary wire wool, cleaners and oil, ready for action… after a few more watches of YouTube videos and probably a practice on something of little monetary worth.
I’ve found the Easy Live Auction site a treat but only visit with your sensible head on. There’s no point bidding and winning a bargain if you then actually spend the rest of the value of your item on other stuff that you really do not need or have room for! Treasures that some other household members might consider “tat”!
And check things too – you can always do a search on Google or perhaps on eBay to see if something is collectible or marketable (if your intention is to sell on), and you could see if a right-click and “Search Google for image” brings up anything useful.
To get used to the whole things you can just watch an auction live, or take a look through the previous catalogues of the auctioneers – invaluable. And bargains are to be had, whether wanting to dabble as a business or hobby, or to furnish your house! A lovely Stag bedroom set went for just
Chatting with the auctioneers it seems the summer months are quiet, perfect for bargain hunting, but not for selling – wait until January for that, apparently. And you can just watch, too, to get a feel for things.
The idea of attending and, heaven-forfend, bidding on something in the room is a little daunting, but perhaps one day… For now the online equivalent suits me well.
Oh, and make sure you can actually fit your winning lots in your car! Ask for the measurements if they’re not listed – the auctioneers want as much attention as possible so will be happy to provide whatever detail you want.
And if you have some tips, do share 🙂