A few Saturdays ago we went to a real auction. Unlike the church fundraising auction where everyone was there to have fun and donate to the church, here everyone was trying to get the best deals possible on the equipment and tools of a closing electric motor company in Waterloo.
This type of auction draws an interesting crowd of people. It would be safe to guess that many are small family business owners. One lady I talked with came with her husband who is now more or less retired from their own motor repair shop; their son runs the shop now. I noticed a father and son duo--probably also small business owners.
The equipment was quite interesting, lending itself easily to the imagination. On the left is a sheer and on the right some sort of machine.
As one of our local auctioneers says, "I don't know what it is, but it's good! You're here; it's here; Whoa, whoa, whoa!" The contraption above looks to me like a miniature guillotine. Do any of you know what it is?
Some people at country auctions are so devoted to buying whatever they bid on that they keep bidding whatever the price (to develop a reputation as someone who shouldn't be bid against). And some people are so devoted to going to auctions that their entire yards become junkyards.
The bidding wars here in Waterloo weren't as impressive as at country/ small town farm and estate auctions, so many people (including my dad) got excellent deals!
Although it was interesting to go to a closing electric motor business auction; I still prefer household auctions
(and better yet, thrift stores!).