Hello all! My name is Amy Renea and I am a freelance photographer, writer and craft blogger over at A Nest for All Seasons. A big hug and thank you to Gail for having me here today! Have you ever wandered into an auction and felt completely out of place? You didn't know what to do, where to go or how to cross your arms without hitting someone? Yeah - me too. Of course, after a litany of auctions, I am now a small time pro and am here to share my secretes with you today!
First things first!
#1 Look cute, but not expensive. If you are a girl, you must use your cuteness to your advantage. You don't have to flirt, you certainly shouldn't go sexy, but just go cute. What you really do NOT want to do though is look expensive. Don't wear good jewelry or bring a nice purse. You will have prices jacked up immediately if you look rich!
#7 Know What is What.If you know what you are looking for, you know what items are worth a lot of money, what your style is and how to determine quality, you are a step up from a lot of buyers. Here is the thing though...unless you are an ebayer by trade, do NOT buy things just because you think you can make money. Often times, you can resell items and make a huge profit, but you should buy items that YOU love. If they don't resell later, you still have a piece you love. SO know your stuff, peek on the bottom of those pieces to see what artist or designer made them, but only buy what you love...and make sure to pay pennies for it!
#9 Group Items. If you want several things, make an offer for all of the things you want. The more you buy, the more the sellers will haggle with you. ...and finally...
#10 ASK QUIETLY.The seller wants to sell, but he doesn't want EVERYONE coming up and asking for super deals. He wants to get as much money as he can. So if I loudly ask if he will sell me two of his best items for $1, then everyone else will start bidding at $1.00. If I keep my voice quiet, he can say Yes, but move on to the next buyer and hopefully they will ask if they can buy something for $2,$3,$5, or $10. I am not making this up. Literally while I was talking to the owner, several people went to talk to the auctioneer (OOPS on #6 Know Who is Who). They asked about buying various items and he referred them back to the owner. People bought more items, at various prices, but there were no more 2/$1 sales. Someone did want to buy that Toy Story Collection for a few dollars too, but it had sold already. Snap!