Advantages to Flying Solo at Auctions

When you go to an auction, you may be tempted to turn it into a big social event, with family and friends coming along for the ride. It's true that there are times when it's nice to have some company -- during downtime, or after you lose an auction you were really hoping to win. However, there are advantages to flying solo at auctions and keeping your own company instead of bringing anyone else along. Here's the case for attending auctions on your own.

Going alone through a multitude of people in a saleOthers can be a distraction at important moments. If you're sitting there waiting for your cue to bid, it can be a simple matter for someone who has accompanied you to ask you a question at the wrong instance and distract you from putting in your name. Or if you're listening to an auctioneer or owner give his or her spiel about an item, you could miss some key information when your guest starts asking you questions.

Younger people are a responsibility and you may feel torn in two directions. Bringing children along to an auction can be educational for them, but it might be best to leave them at home. Having to be responsible for the whereabouts and well-being of a youngster may leave you feeling like you have two major responsibilities and no way to fulfill them both. If your goal is to have a successful auction, children may not be the best bidding companions.

You'll have to make spending decisions without outside influence. While this might be dangerous if you're not very good with money and budgeting, it can be very advantageous if you are. Someone else might have their own set of reasons why you should purchase an item, and unless those are valid in your book as well, their pushing may become peer pressure and you could spend a lot more money than you meant to thanks to their influence.

You can wander at will. If you don't have anyone to keep you tied down to one spot or be your responsibility to watch out for them, you can get up out of your seat between bidding sessions and wander around looking at the other items without fretting about whether or not your friend or family member is bored. You may end up finding an item you wouldn't have otherwise noticed if you were restricted to your chair!

Auctions, flea markets, and garage sales, oh my! Come on down the yellow brick road and stop by for a visit.




Comments (14) -

Jerome Maningsaca
Jerome Maningsaca
2/13/2013 8:58:39 AM #

Going to auctions alone has its pros and cons. You just have to weigh those things and if you're just a new auction enthusiast, it's best to have an experienced partner around who will walk you things through. Even if they say that experience is the best teacher, you can't easily afford to lose a lot of money when you're bidding too much for a less worthy item. You could learn the tricks of the trades from the ropes and slowly work your way up the ranks. All I can say is you just need to be patient and wait for the right time and enjoy while your at auctions...Godbless everyone...

Alan Parker
Alan Parker
2/13/2013 9:11:18 AM #

From experience per se, I've tried going to an auction with a group and alone. I prefer to go alone cause I can focus more on my goals without anyone bothering me every now and then. There are times when you very keen in listening and observing the items at hand and suddenly your companion talks and you get distracted and thrown off your focus. It really affects me when someone bothers me while I'm at the auctions. So better go alone if you want a successful auction Smile

Germaine Love
Germaine Love
2/14/2013 12:26:21 PM #

like the famous saying goes, "the more the merrier." Personally, I'd go in a group cause even if your not that successful in bidding and getting the right items you could learn a lot from your companions. You could get to enjoy the event as well by getting to know each other more and build teamwork as you go along.

Jerome John
Jerome John
2/14/2013 12:27:44 PM #

I got used to going alone to auctions and aside from being an introvert, i tend to work best with just myself. I guess thats just how things are. If your afraid to go by yourself to auctions, you could start by going out with a partner and eventually go solo when you feel confident and ready.

Herbert Cane
Herbert Cane
2/14/2013 12:37:34 PM #

NIce to tag along with fellow enthusiast. You could also have a partner who will be at home and would be searching for new auction events and then you could go around the country finding those events. Would be really awesome to do that... but i guess i have a job to keep haha...to provide for my family...

Pete Angelo
Pete Angelo
2/14/2013 12:41:32 PM #

interesting point to consider in going solo...is there another article which talks about going with a group or something? could be of great help on my auctioning career fellows...

Gary Albert
Gary Albert
2/18/2013 11:31:13 AM #

Love those auctions for expired lockers where you would just be given a short period to scan the inside and have an overview of the lot. It's a big risk but would pay off because you will get a lot of items and if you're lucky, you could get great pieces and sell them for even higher prices. Got this idea from auction shows I saw on cable

Dave Gilliam
Dave Gilliam
2/18/2013 11:37:14 AM #

Are you kidding? tag along with a fellow? You need to grow up and start doing things independently man...

You can go alone without a partner and having one doesn't translate to a successful run either. Having more people is not always on you favor since it could be the opposite in this particular situation. Just do it - auction Smile and remember, bid within your price range, not auction with your pride cause it would lead you to nowhere.

Nick Downy
Nick Downy
2/18/2013 11:43:33 AM #

need a helping hand? must have a person whom you could trust and is experienced in this field... better if it were family so you could work better and faster since you're acquainted - knowing your strengths and weaknesses, tendencies and complement each other from that. There should be someone who will take the lead and someone needs to ride at the back seat. You can't go there not knowing what your roles are. You should agree on how to make decisions when bidding and who's got the final word in things to avoid conflict.

Brian Hayney
Brian Hayney
2/18/2013 11:49:09 AM #

I did not have that much chance to prove myself in my short career as an auctioneer. I had to stop with just four months under my belt because I was torn between finding a more stable job to provide for my kids, who were going to school at that time, and pursuing what I love which is auctioning. Had to stop going to auctions to find a job that could provide my family a better quality of life. Wish I could still go back to my first love - AUCTIONS.

Matt Stearns
Matt Stearns
2/18/2013 12:08:32 PM #

GARY, saw that show you mentioned and if I could remember it correctly - it was shown on Discovery Channel entitled "Auction Kings." I don't know why I'm enjoying this show even if I'm not an auctioneer and have no experience, whatsoever in auctions. Maybe I was a great auctioneer in my past life or something. You feel like you are with them doing the auctions. I even took down notes on how to talk smoothly, not just on auctions but in your life in general, to get the owner's trust and attention.

Paul Skelton
Paul Skelton
2/18/2013 12:21:21 PM #

Is this the show you're talking about? http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/auction-kings Recently googled it up and you guys should try to visit their site. Currently watching a few trailers, I'm planning to give this a shot and watch some episodes. Based from what I've saw, this isn't a bad idea after all. Try to giveback on the show next time around. take care guys

Loyd Beane
Loyd Beane
2/18/2013 12:42:32 PM #

My grandfather was an auctioneer back in the good old days. He used to travel to lots of places to attend auctions and would even go house-to-house to see if they were trying to sell something in their garage or barn. Man, he was strong like a bull and the most dedicated man you'll ever meet. Imagine, he had his day job as an officer worker, had his wife and 3 kids, whom he needs to take care of, and despite all those things, he still had time to go auctioning.  

Even if my grandmother would not approve and allow him, he still found a way and made sacrifices to pursue auctioning which was the only thing he loved aside from his family. From one my conversations with him, I really remembered this lesson he gave me and I've been using it since. He said to me "You should not prioritize your schedule but schedule your priorities." Its up to you on how you would interpret this. But for me, I learned that you should not make excuses because if you really love something - may it be your loved one, sports, your hobby - you can always make a sacrifices and make time to be with that thing or person you love most.

Iah Denise Portland
Iah Denise Portland
3/7/2013 11:02:27 PM #

I prefer going alone. When you have somebody with you, whether you like it or not, it keeps you distracted and that's for a fact.

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