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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby treefrog » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:59 pm

Thanks Jeremy and to the Harris family, they seemed pleased with the result and always difficult to know best way to handle such a sale but looked a success.

I stupidly found myself going in without my wish list which I had mislaid and stumbled around talking to people and not focusing on task in hand. I even recall talking to some guys about how rare Hi Top bumpers are as we were picking them up and showing the different versions only to realise I had not grabbed a single one myself....in fact I think this happened on most things....still I got few useful items and am sure there is a bundle I should have got.....

Many thanks, glad I went and hopefully we will see the stuff again in the future !!THUMBSX2!! !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby pennymachines » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:49 pm

tammy wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:48 pm
I think the trouble with the forum lists is they is such a lot of past imfo (which is good) but makes it hard to follow were to find new comments editions etc.

To find latest additions, comments etc. in the Forum use the Active topics link, top left of page (or Latest link from main menu).

Events, like this sale, are also found in the Calendar.

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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby badpenny » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:54 pm

Many thanks to one and all, everyone did well.
The Harris family behind the scenes brewing up bacon, grilling teas and coffees etc. The younger members running around fetching, carrying and relaying questions (all with one eye on their phones and their thumbs stabbing away).

There was a steady stream of customers during the 5 hours.

During the day we served a total of 87 of them, we sold nearly 5,000 items from a single denominator badge - 2 complete machines in kit form (which of course could have been counted as many hundreds of parts in their own right, but we count as 2).

Of the 14 machines that came third party 10 were sold, one that didn't was priced ambitiously because the owner didn't want to sell it :HaHa: So he went home happy. Such are the lengths our supporters will go to in order to support us.

One sterling collector having travelled a long distance (and being the second to arrive) practised his wide vocabulary when he realised he'd left the carefully written list of "Wants" he'd spent two months compiling. I of course had to go one better than that.
I remembered my list, and after popping my wants into a couple of bags I placed them to one side to answer some queries, after that I helped someone else to identify the correct doo hicky for their Dandelion Front Vendor before untangling my 18 year old dog who had decided to assist some poor chap by wrapping his lead around his legs. On my way back to respond to someone wanting to enquire about a machine I noticed a distinct lack of lumpy metal where I'd laid down my bag of treasures! No suggestion whatever of intentional purloining, a lot of us dozy old buggers were putting bags down while scrutinising some newly spotted gem, so it was easy to pick the wrong one up after. However lesson learnt, and sorry to those of you I promised to obtain stuff. I was too busy running the event (the number of machines I've missed at the auction, not even realising I've been portering the damn thing!)

As we were packing up to close, we discovered a whole stack of storage drawers that had been overlooked and placed underneath a rack of scaffolding, and even more surprising a complete set of internal skill levers, which I can only assume nobody had recognised.

Our initial reaction is to do this again next Summer, with a heavier accent on others having a trade table, it certainly paid off for today's.

We in turn still have some spares left to move out of Sheerness, plus we have a mass of components for escalators. So we need to sit down in the long Winter nights and start assembling more.


So now we look forward to the November Auction, I shall be posting more of this within the next day or two.


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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby watlingman » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:23 pm

thank you for taking 5 minutes out to show me the Caille greyhound machine of which I later purchased great looking item ready for a sympathetic fettle of which I think we could all do with from time to time! :D

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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby geordy55 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:33 pm

Well done BP and everyone else who helped it run smoothly. I for one would support the idea of running something similar again in the future.

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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby radiochrissie » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:06 am

Many thanks to you Jeremy and of course the Harris family. I caught myself just standing and gazing a couple of times at the sheer volume of parts , it was overwhelming. Did manage to buy some things off my list though, thankyou again.

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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby badpenny » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:07 am

It's really good to hear the number of you who got what you needed and enjoyed the experience.

It certainly was astonishing to look at it all I agree. I think I'll always keep in mind the scene of a stack of old silver haired boys peering over the tops of their glasses at some obscure piece of bent metal for ages. Then scratching their heads before deciding that holding it in the air and peering at it from the other side might help in its identification.


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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby cheeky » Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:51 pm

For the sick, lame an injured, and others who couldn’t make it, are there any photo long shots of the venue and parts?

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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby badpenny » Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:02 pm

I took my camera, and had every intention of recording it all from every angle.
However to be perfectly honest, I put my camera down when I was asked the first question and from that moment on I was constantly kept busy.

I next picked it up to put it into my car!

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Re: Opportunity of the decade coming

Postby junior » Wed Aug 22, 2018 12:58 pm

Hi,
I unfortunately was one of the injured who couldn't walk let alone drive. Does anyone have any photos of the day? My wants list can probably keep for another year.


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