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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Auction Time



I'd rarely been to an auction. It's not the sort of thing I seek out. My in-laws, on the other hand, really enjoy them, so my lovely wife and I went along.

We got there early to check out the merchandise. There really wasn't anything I wanted. Bidding started outside where a lot tools were on display. My wife was going to bid on a skill saw until I reminded her I already had a much better one at home. She remembered when my old one burned out, but forgot that it was quickly replaced.

That felt like a close call to me.

Later we went inside were the action continued. Soon I decided it wasn't for me. However, my lovely wife was still having fun. After reminding her that our van space was limited, I went outside for some fresh air.

When all was said and done she'd spent only $12, and didn't buy anything too big. It's all stuff she's going to use, so that's good.

I guess my lack of interest in auctions is related to the fact that I'm not a recreational shopper. If there is something I want or need, I buy that item. When we got to flea markets I have a short list of things I'm looking for, but only if the price is right. Rarely do I buy something I'm not already looking for.

So now I know auctions kinda freak me out a little. Watching people spend more on used items than what new ones cost had me shaking my head.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Sweetie, that is herd mentality to which competition is added. If you "win" a box of rusted bolts, at least you leave a winner. Unlike most women, I don't "graze" through stores. I go with intent (however unwilling) I see a need and fill it as quickly as possible.

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    1. I told myself that if it's not attractive to me before the auction, there's no need to let them talk me into it.

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  2. I do go to auctions I like to see normal folks act stupid . Now I have got a few great deals at action but not many. I prefer flea markets yard sales and thrift stores for bargains .

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    1. There are stupid people everywhere . . . sigh. . .

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  3. I used to go to auctions where the state was selling off confiscated firearms in lots. I usually got outbid, but sometimes I had good luck and got some nice deals. Of course, when you bid on a lot you have to take some low end items as well as the one's you really wanted.

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    1. I saw some absolute junk firearms: heavily pitted, rusted action, beat up stock,missing rear sight, going for top dollar. Saw some in-line muzzle loaders going for 50% more than what they cost band new. Sheesh.

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  4. Auctions are fun and sometimes you can find some real bargains. I prefer flea markets, that way I get to chat with all the vendors.

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    1. I'd rather go to a flea market and talk up the vendors too.

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