Okay, I always say I didn’t inherit the ‘love for shopping’ gene, but there are limitations to that limitation.
Sunday, a friend and I went to a clearance auction in Georgia where the auctioneer was selling off merchandise from a large pawn shop/antiques dealer/weapons seller. It’s always sad to see any business forced to diminish or sell off merchandise, but it’s also an opportunity for any shrewd business person to take advantage of. So, as both of us are in the selling biz, off we went at 10:00 a.m. We both thought we’d be done in just a few hours. Boy, were we wrong!
By 5:00 p.m., we were still trying to fit stuff into her truck and my SUV. And skoogee we did, turning things this way and that to make them all fit.
Other friends of ours were also there to see what bargains they could get, and they also got some incredible deals. All in all, all of us not only got some really great merchandise, we also had FUN! Despite a heat index well over 100 degrees outside, and despite a dozen or so very large fans inside where temps rose well above 100, amazingly, tempers were contained.
I always set a maximum number of dollars' limit for auctions, same as I do for a night of blackjack at Reno, where $20 gets me plenty of ‘fun’ time for my money, and I can afford to lose it if the cards turn against me. Well, the number I set for the auction was considerably higher, but within my pre-set desire for some quality inventory. I only went about 10% beyond that limit, and that’s because at the last minute the auctioneer told the dwindling crowd to bring forward whatever we were interested in and he’d start the bidding at $5.00 per piece. I had a seven-foot tall figure clad in a coat of arms brought forward as one of mine. The bidding on that piece started out at my $5.00 and wayyyy too rapidly went up to eight or nine hundred dollars. I quit listening at about $70.00!
But I did get some additional inventory for the store at really low prices (hence the additional 10% over my pre-set limit). So did all of my friends who were there. As we carted things into the shop, we talked about, despite the heat and gnats, despite the hard work of toting this, toting that (in great part carried by my friend; thanks to her, I made it through the day), we both realized we’d not only gotten some great deals, but we also had had a great deal of fun together.