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
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.