Purchasing merchandise at auctions is often a good way to get what you want at a significant discount from retail prices. If you’re looking for vintage or collector’s items, it may also be the only way to actually find what you want for sale. Live auctions offer the best opportunities for great deals, but you may not be familiar with all the auction opportunities in your area or how to find them. Here’s where to look:
Auction houses: Start with an online search of your area and auction houses. This should give you a list of auction companies located in your area and their websites. Upcoming auctions should be listed there. If you know you are in the market for a specific category of items, add that to your search to refine the results.
General estate auctions: Estate sales, which may include furniture, jewelry, artwork, and household items of all kinds, take place in communities across the country every day. Many will be advertised in the newspapers and on those papers’ websites, as well as on community websites. Those ads will generally list the auction company’s name, so you can contact the auction company directly to find out when other auctions will be held. There are also a couple of online sites (estatesales.net and estatesales.org) that can help locate estate sales near you.
Government auctions: Public agencies hold different kinds of auctions that can be opportunities for the public. Regular agencies may hold auctions to get rid of surplus office equipment or similar items on a periodic basis. Police agencies hold auctions to dispose of confiscated goods. You can find notices for both types of auctions in free weekly newspapers, or in announcements posted in government buildings. Again, you can also look online for listings; one website dedicated to providing information on auctions of this type is governmentauctions.org.
Storage auctions: When the contents of a storage unit are abandoned by their owner, the storage facility will typically hold an auction to get rid of them. These may be advertised locally, or you can call storage facilities to find out when they will be holding their next auction. Keep in mind that you’ll be bidding on the entire contents of a storage unit, and you may only have a few minutes to glance at the lot up for bid to decide how much or even if you want to bid.
Of course, your research may reveal why live auctions tend to remain an underutilized resource for most people—lack of convenience. It isn’t always possible to be in the right place at the right time to take advantage of a live, in-person auction. This is why we created AuctionKing.com, to provide a secure site where our customers can participate in auctions conducted by a live, experienced auctioneer from wherever they happen to be. We bring the auction experience to you so you never have to miss out on a great find. Sign up for a free online account today and start bidding!