Night at the Auction

It’s important to try new things. At least that’s what I’ve heard, but with my anxiety levels trying something new is always a challenge. That’s why I wasn’t looking forward to going to a local auction with my husband last Tuesday.

I guess I should update you in case you don’t know the details of my fascinating life. We’ve started selling things eBay. As with starting anything new it’s been a bit of a challenge. We have to figure out what to sell and were to source our goods.

Auctions seem like a good place to get some good stuff to flip on eBay, but they are a bit intimidating. I’ve never been to an auction before, and I was afraid they would be like the auctions I’ve seen on TV. On TV there are two types of auctions and those are the ones with the fast talking auctioneers who you can’t understand or the ones with the extremely wealthy people buying million dollar pieces of art. Why aren’t the fast talking auctioneers ever at those auctions?

When I was little my mother told me not to believe everything I see on TV, so I figured that all the fast talking that happens on TV auctions must be for entertainment purposes only. That mustn’t happen in real life. I mean how would anyone ever bid on anything if they couldn’t understand the auctioneer. Boy was I wrong.

The auction started and I was immediately lost. What was going on? The auctioneer was speaking Swahili, or it least that’s what it sounded like to me. He seemed to be pointing out people who were bidding but as I looked around the room I didn’t see anyone doing anything that looked like a bid. How am I supposed to buy something when I don’t know what’s being said and I don’t know what to do to bid?

We stayed at the auction for an hour. By the end of the hour we figured it all out, but I spent the entire time sitting as still as possible. I was afraid that any movement I made could be mistaken for a bid. I’d scratch an itch on my head and suddenly I’ve bought a WWII gun for $350. That didn’t happen luckily, but it easily could have.

I’ve been teaching myself how to draw cartoons on Inkscape. Here’s my artistic interpretation of the auction.