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10-year Retrospective And Advice To Seniors

I went to auction school 10 years ago. Since that time I have been very fortunate to have conducted 100's of auctions. So at this time I would like to share with you some 10-year observations about the auction business as well as some advice to our seniors.

When I went to auction school I thought that my job was pretty much going to be bid calling with a microphone. Boy was I wrong. Naturally I knew that I would need to spend some time marketing and managing a small business, but wasn't prepared for the occasional but critical need to deal with the emotional and psychological issues of my clients not to mention my clients' family members.

In my experience thus far, I have had to call the police to my own auction because my client went nuts and was trying to run over the bidders with his ATV. I've had other people call the police to my auction who have arrived and broken up a fight between two of my client's adult daughters-in law, but not before one of them suffered some broken bones. I've had to have my own client removed from the auction due to his intoxication and disruptive behavior. I've had relatives show up and demand that I remove items from the auction that they claimed were theirs. I've had step-children come forward after their parent's death and threaten to throw the surviving step-parent out in the street because there was no will. I've also had my own client cancel the auction shortly before it began because he changed his mind and worst of all, I have seen family members say and do things to each other out of stress, grief or greed that likely will take years to heal.

As an auctioneer, you try to anticipate these issues and deal with them before they arise. No matter how prepared you are though, there are always going to be some problems that you do not anticipate. The purpose of this article though is not to advise auctioneers on conflict resolution, rather it is to speak to our seniors and to anyone whose has an estate that will need to be liquidated in the foreseeable future with the hope of avoiding problems before the arise.

Here's my advice to seniors:

Liquidate Your Items Now While You Are In Control

Don't leave your house or barn full of things for your kids to handle. That is just asking for trouble. Sure, I know that it is hard to get rid of the things that you have valued or have collected for years, but do it now when you can decide where these things should go. Are you on the fence? Ask yourself: When is the last time I used that? When did I last admire it? How much pleasure has it given me in the last few years? If your answer is that you haven't used the item for a long time and do not have any real expectation of using it again in the foreseeable future, then its time let someone else benefit by owning it. You could give it to a loved one. You could donate it to charity or sell it and use the money for something else that matters to you

Make A Will

You should get your legal estate in order now as well. If you don't have a will, you should get one. If you own real estate, you should also talk to a lawyer about your plans for transferring title.

In conclusion seniors, you will be doing your children and family a great favor if you do what you can now get your estate in order by passing along your unneeded personal property to others and by making sure you have a will that accurately reflects your plans for the balance of your estate.


Mau's Corner

At last. We are back up and running at Mau's Corner. It was great to see so many people at the auction last Tuesday--old friends and new folks alike. Thank you for putting on your warm jackets and hats and attending. It looks like next week is going to be fantastic weather too, so whether you're a buyer of seller, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.


Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 2014 End of the Season Lower Commission

What a fun year it has been for all of us at AAA Auction! We are grateful for all of our new friends and the opportunity we have had to do the work we enjoy so much. Thank you.

As a thank you to our consignors AAA Auction will lower the commissions charged to our consignors for our last two auctions (Oct. 7 and 14) this year at Mau's Corner to 10% for anything selling for over $15! So, there has never been a better time to bring your better items to AAA Auction's Tuesday Auctions at Mau's Corner.


Oct. 19 2014 Live Auction In Blaine

If you like tools and guy stuff you won't want to miss this auction located near 610 and Highway 65. Our seller has a pole building full of all kinds of tools where he worked as a mechanic for 30 years. He will also be selling his guns, snowmobiles and many other items. Please check back later for details.


Oct. 30 2014 Online Collectible Auction Closing

We still have some room to add more collectibles for our online auction that closes Oct. 30th in Nowthen. Call us soon to consign. (763) 421-3044. This auction will begin around Oct. 17th.


Tuesday Auctions and Flea Markets at Mau's Corner

Live auctions at Mau's Corner
Here's a question......What does your garage look like? How about your shed, barn, or basement? It's time to start getting ready for Tuesday Auctions and Flea Markets at Mau's Corner, three miles north of St. Francis on Highway 47. Our next auction and flea market at Mau's Corner is on Tuesday, August 5th. Cancellations due to weather will be listed on our home page.

Do you have too much to bring to us? How about an auction or estate sale at your location?
We'd love to hear from you!

Thank you.
Tony and Denise
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Change Ahead

Change Ahead
Hello AAA Auction Sellers and Bidders:

The AAA Auction staff, Denise and I would like to thank all of you for doing business with us at our location in Ramsey on Highway 10. We are, however, leaving this space at the end of February. We remain active in the auction business, but until we are able to procure our own building, we will focus on auctions at a customer's location or in venues rented for a particular auction.

We'll be back at Mau's Corner too for live outdoor auctions on Tuesdays as soon as the snow melts. We'll also be adding a Flea Market at Mau's before every Tuesday auction.

Thank you once again for your friendship as well as your business over the last 10 years. We look forward to many more years of providing you with the highest quality and most honest service possible.

Tony Elfelt
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Vintage Toys and Old Stuff Auction:
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. CST at the AAA Auction Center

Live auction Feb. 15th at 10 a.m.
The day after our live auction in Medina, we'll be back at the AAA Auction Center in Ramsey for another live auction.
In addition to toys, we will be selling radios, banks, clocks, cameras, coins, trains, and lots of other cool stuff. About half of the lots are available now for online pre-bidding, and 200 or more items will be sold live that are not online.
Never been to a live auction? Come on -- It's fun!

Tony and Denise and the AAA Auction Staff
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Auction on Wheels Cable TV Show First Episode

Hello Our Auction Friends,

Auction NewsLast June, AAA Auction had the pleasure of working with Indigo Films in downtown Minneapolis to host an auction that they recorded to be the pilot of a new Travel Channel show called Auction on Wheels. The premise of the show is that traveling auctioneer Rod Burnett and his ringman Peewee go into a city and pick items to sell. They then bring their items to a local auction and sell them. Our crew also sold our items for half of the auction, but the show is not about us. We did the clerking though, and helped ring for the traveling auctioneer.

We hope you were able to watch the premiere episode on February 5th. Several AAA employees and some of our live auction regulars got a little screen time. If you missed the show, you can view a short promo of Auction on Wheels on The Travel Channel's web site. The AAA Auction employees are the guys wearing the yellow shirts at the auction.

Thanks for watching.

Tony and Denise and the AAA Auction Staff
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Can't attend a live auction?

Can't attend a live auction? We'll bid on your behalf.

Got a conflict and can't attend
one of our upcoming live auctions? No Worries.
Just leave your bid with us online and
we will bid for you only as much as is necessary
up to your maximum.





Tony, Denise, and all of our valued staff at AAA Auction
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New Estate Sale Law in Minnesota

Happy New Year!We here at AAA Auction are happy to have many friends in the estate sale business, and since I am also a lawyer, it was not surprising when one of my good estate sale friends contacted me to inquire about the new Minnesota Estate Sale law. It seems that there is a concern that the new law requires estate sale companies to guarantee that the estate sale will bring in $20,000 or make up the difference. This is not true.

The new law merely requires the estate sale company to be bonded to provide a source of recovery for the seller or the State of Minnesota should the estate sale company not follow its contractual or legal obligations.
 
So relax, my friends. Get your bond and follow honest and sound business practices and you will have no worries about the new law.

Tony, Denise, and all of our valued staff at AAA Auction
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Happy new year from all of us at AAA Auction!

Happy New Year!They say if you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life. Well we haven't worked since we started doing auctions. So thank you to all of our consignors and bidders and to our future consignors and bidders who follow us on the Internet. Thanks to you, we get about 50,000 hits a week and have had the pleasure of making many new friends.
May your holidays be merry and your New Year be everything you hope for and more.

Tony, Denise, and all of our valued staff at AAA Auction
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Live auction of Beer, Soda, Gas, Oil, and Sign Collectibles!
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 6 p.m.


Beer and Gas Auction Coming UpAAA Auction is excited to be holding the first of a series of specialty auctions for high-quality beer, soda, gas, oil, and sign collectibles on behalf of Brew Rec Sports & Gas Sales on February 14th starting at 6 p.m. at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota. Brew Rec Sports & Gas Sales buys, sells, and appraises breweriana, gas and oil petroliana, and rec room and sports related items.

This Valentine's Day auction will be live and will also be online for pre-bidding and simulcast on www.proxibid.com. This means that you can bid in person or online in real time as the auction is going on. Phone bids will also be available.

This auction will not be your average auction. The items to be sold will be of high quality and often will be quite rare. If you are looking for something new for your collection, you need to look no further.

Also, if you have been looking for the best time to sell your rare beer, soda, gas, oil or sign collectible—this is it. If you have a consignment that is worth a minimum of $80 and you would like to have it included, please call Mary at (763) 252-0114 days or Kirk at (612) 618-3717 any other times to discuss your consignments.


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Attention Estate Sale Companies
October 7, 2013

Estate Collage 1

AAA Auction would like to work with you to assist you in providing world-class service to your estate sale clients. Here’s what we can do for you: To get the ball rolling, you can call us at (763) 421-3044, or send us an e-mail using our contact page.

Thank you.

Estate Collage 2

Tony and Denise Elfelt
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AAA Auction Helps Launch a New Cable TV Show: Auction on Wheels
June 12, 2013


Auction on WheelsOn June 9th, AAA Auction had the honor and pleasure of conducting a live auction in Minneapolis that was filmed by a major cable TV network for a new TV show called Auction On Wheels. We would like to thank all of our sellers and the bidders who attended the auction. We expect the show to be on TV this fall and we will post that information as soon as we find out.





Tony and Denise Elfelt

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We Buy Estates and Storage Lockers
September
20, 2012
 Whether you have one good item or a whole estate, AAA Auction will look over your items and make you a fair offer. You can bring your items to the AAA Auction and Estate Center or have us come to your location and haul everything away for you. Need cash now? We can help.
Tony and Denise Elfelt
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Online Estate Auctions vs. Traditional Estate Sales
September 19, 2012

 Auctions at AAA Action and www.auctionmn.com are better than estate sales because:
 
 Auctionmn.com has around 50,000 page hits per week so that's a lot of people looking at our web site. This volume of traffic will ensure that your items are sold for the right price. At an estate sale, if the item is priced too high, it won't sell at all and if it's priced too low, you lose money. Our auctions usually get the right bids for the true value of the items.

Call us today at
(763) 421-3044!

Tony and Denise Elfelt
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First Place Spitter
August
8, 2012
Watermelon seed spitting champion Auctioneer, attorney, watermelon seed spitting champion… Coincidence? I think not. Tony here shows off his first place medal for a 27.5-foot watermelon-seed-spit at the 2012 Nowthen Lions Night to Unite event. Thanks to the Nowthen Lions for hosting the event.
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 Do you have something to sell?
July 11, 2012
 Our web site got over 61,500 hits last week alone!
Tony Elfelt
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Tools Tools Tools
June 19, 2012
 AAA Auction was chosen to liquidate a huge inventory of new tools from a former tool salesman. These tools include everything from large welders to small hand tools. We haven't unpacked everything yet, so we don't know what all we have to sell. We do have, however, many very large tools that require a forklift or at least a dolly to move. Our first tool auction will be online only. It will start soon and end on July 9th. After that, we plan to have a live auction at the AAA Auction and Estate Center on July 15th,with online pre-bids for that auction during the week before. This is a must-see auction for the handyman and contractor.
Tony Elfelt
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We Buy Whole Estates
May 30, 2012
 At AAA Auction we recommend the method of selling your property that puts the most money in your pocket. This could mean that we sell your items at the AAA Auction and Estate Center on commission or it might mean we come to your house and do an online estate auction or an old-fashioned auction. But if you don't have the time for either of these options, AAA Auction will also purchase your single items or your whole estate outright and move it away for you. If you call us today, your items could be gone tomorrow.

Tony Elfelt
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Tony Brings in $191,000 for Habitat for Humanity
April 23, 2012
 Last Saturday night I had the privilege of working for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and the Fladaboe Benefit Auction Company. I was tremendously moved when in response to the program, a video, and my pleas, the audience pledged over $191,000 and received nothing in return except a tax deduction and the rewarding feeling of helping folks less fortunate. How lucky we are to live in a community where people care about one another.

 
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 There are No Friends at an Auction
April 19, 2012
 All auctions in Minnesota are with "reserve" unless advertised as "absolute." With "reserve" means that seller has the right to buy back his own items or to bid on them if he thinks the price is too low. However, as stated in the terms of our consignment contracts, if a seller buys back his own items, he is charged not only the seller's commission, but the buyer's premium as well. Therefore we seldom see a seller buying back his own items.
 On the other hand, it is illegal for two or more bidders work together to keep the price down on items they want to buy. For example, if two bidders are both interested in the same two items, it would be illegal for them to agree to have each of them bid on just one item and not the other. It may be a surprise for some to know that such an agreement is actually a felony. The Sherman Act calls this "restraint of trade" and declares such activity to be a felony. That's why you may have heard it said that: "There are no friends at an auction."

Tony Elfelt

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$250 for a Referral
March 5, 2012
 
Tony Elfelt at a benefit auction
 
 Hello Auction Friends,

 Most of you follow AAA Auction and auctionmn.com for all the great auctions we have online and we are grateful that you do that. I would like to take a moment though to let you know that I also provide fund-raising auction services. As a matter of fact, I was the first auctioneer in Minnesota to earn the designation "BAS" from the National Auctioneer's Association as a Certified Benefit Auction Specialist.
In the last several years I have helped raise millions of dollars for many diverse non-profits. I accomplish that with a high energy, fun, and sometimes emotionally powerful auction style. Please watch my Benefit Auction video if you would like to see a short sample of what I can do.
 So, if your church, school, or other non-profit needs an auctioneer, please ask them to call me at (763) 421-2099 and mention your name. If your organization hires me and lets me know that you referred me, I will be happy to pay you $150 and also make a personal contribution to your organization of $100. Thank you.
Tony Elfelt, BAS

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Finding AAA Auction on Proxibid
February 27, 2012

 Hello Bidders,
 An easy way to find our auction on Proxibid is to log onto our own website where you are now and click the link to the Proxibid auction.
Thank you.
 
Tony and Denise
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Free Gun Auction
February 22, 2012

 Hello Bidders and Sellers:
 AAA Auction is happy to annouce that we will be holding a GUN ONLY auction in April. The date is yet to be determined.
We already have about 35 guns to sell, but we are looking for more. Also, NO COMMISSION will be charged to the sellers.
 So whether you have a gun to sell, or are looking to add one to your collection, this will be a great time for you to join us.
 

See you soon!
 
Tony and Denise
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Live Storage Auction on March 25th with Online Prebidding
February 21, 2012

 Hello Bidders,
 We now have a firm date for the 24-vault auction at AAA Movers in Crystal. It will be on Sunday, March 25th starting at noon. We will post photos online and allow prebidding on www.auctionmn.com about 10 days prior. Prebidding will end at 9 a.m. on March 25th, the day of the live auction. Live bidding will start where the prebids leave off. We will place bids for any prebidder who also places a maximum bid online. Please note that we are not selling the wooden vaults themselves or any packing materials or shipping blankets that may be in the vaults.  There will be no pre-auction preview. There will be an opportunity to look into the vaults immediatley before the bidding begins on each vault. The vaults are 5' x 7' x 7'. We will remove one door from one end of each vault, but everyone will be required to stand back several feet from the vaults. Nothing can be unloaded or touched.
 
Payment for the vaults must be in cash or by credit card. Winners will be allowed to have access to their purchases after the live auction is over, (which we expect to be around 1:30 p.m.) but not before. Winners must remove their purchases immediately after the live auction ends. Pickup for the online winners will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. after the live auction ends on Sunday, March 25th.
 
Are you as excited as we are? See you there!
 
Tony and Denise
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New Design with Videos

February 14, 2012
 Hello Bidders,
I hope you like our new design with bullet points. Our new software also allows us to use videos that are hosted on YouTube. If a lot has a video, it will be on the page that appears when you click on that lot's thumbnail image.
 Thank you,
 Tony and Denise

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Legal Tidbits
February 10, 2012
 Hello Bidders,
 Many of you know that I am also a lawyer. My law office is on Main Street across from the Anoka Government Center where I work with Bill Erhart in our law firm called Erhart and Elfelt, LLC. For over 30 years, my law practice has involved protecting the rights of injured people. This has mainly focused on making sure my clients' bills get paid and that they are fairly compensated for injuries caused by other people. I have handled thousands of cases ranging from neck and back pain to broken bones, paralysis and death. There is no charge to talk with me, so if you or someone you know could use some good legal advice, please call me at (763) 444-4444.
 Also, many people who come to the AAA Auction and Estate Center are there because the responsibility of handling a deceased person's estate has fallen to them. When that happens, there are often other legal concerns that go beyond selling the personal property. When that happens, I refer those people to my partner, Bill Erhart. Bill has over 33 years of experience assisting people with drawing up their wills and handling probate matters. He is thorough, smart and tough when it’s required and you can also reach him at (763) 444-4444. If you mention that you saw this note, you will receive a free 1/2 hour estate planning consultation.
Bill and I will post updates regarding interesting developments in personal injury and estate planning law to our "Legal Tidbits" page, which you can display by clicking on the Legal Tidbits button in the menu on the left side of our home page:
 Thank you,
 Tony Elfelt
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Plenty More to sell!
February 6, 2012
 Hello Bidders,
 Welcome to all bidders
new and old who joined us last Saturday for our Live/Online Proxibid auction. For those of you who logged in and listened to the auction, I hope you had a good experience. We had bidders from 25 states and we'll be busy shipping items for a while. We also recognize that some folks had trouble using the Proxibid web site, so many of you will be happy to hear that the next auction we will be putting up from this large collectible estate will be right here on this very web site. We have plenty more to sell and there's still more for us to bring to the AAA Auction and Estate Center.
See you there in the air!
 Tony and Denise

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 Auctionmn.com E-mail Settings
February 3, 2012
 Hello Bidders,
 
Some of our users have told us that e-mailed invoices for their purchases were sent to their e-mail program's spam folder. Please add auctioneer@auctionmn.com to your contacts, or address book, and to your list of trusted senders, approved senders, safe senders, or whatever your software calls an acceptable e-mail sender.
Thank you.
Tony and Denise

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2012 St. John the Baptist Church and School Wines to Wishes Gala
January 30, 2012
 Hello Bidders,
 I would like to thank all the generous people at St. John the Baptist Church and School in New Brighton who welcomed me as the live benefit auctioneer for the 2012 Wines to Wishes Gala. We had a great time and raised a great deal of money for a new P.A. system for the school. It warms the heart being among such generous people.
 Tony
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Proxibid Auction
January 26, 2012
 Hello Bidders,
 As you know, our next auction will be on Proxibid.com. Please go to their web site to learn how Proxibid.com works and to create an account. Its easy. You listen to a live auction call and bid from home on the Internet. You can also put in pre-bids right away. We will be posting this auction very soon. Thank you.
 Tony and Denise
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Semi Load of Hardware
January 23, 2012
 Attention Bidders:
Our auction closing on January 30th consists of an entire semi load of hardware store returns, close-outs and shelf pulls. Most of the items are new in the box. This is your auction if you are looking for new toilets, sinks, vanities, blinds or flooring. Many other items including some collectibles are also included in this auction.
Thank you.
 Tony and Denise
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Second Auction of 40-plus-year Collection
January 23, 2012
 Hello Bidders,
 As you know, we have been honored with the opportunity to sell a very large collectible estate. The auction that closed on January 23rd is the first full auction of these unique collectibles. Our next auction for this estate, which will be posted very soon, will be on www.proxibid.com.
You will still be able to review the photos and descriptions for this auction on our own web site as usual, but there will be no bidding boxes there. In order to bid, you will need to register at and log on to www.proxibid.com. If you are unfamiliar with Proxibid, you can go to their web site and watch some of the auctions that are always taking place. When the auction is ready, we will post a link on our home page, and send out an e-mail to those of you who have an auctionmn.com bidder number.
Many of you will recall the Proxibid auction that we held last August at our former location in Anoka. This new auction will be just like that one except we will, unfortunately, not have any in-person bidding at the AAA Auction and Estate Center. The auction will run for several days, and you can put in a maximum bid so the system will bid on your behalf whether or not you are logged in. The auction close will be a little different. We will be doing a “live close” instead of a “timed close.” You will have the opportunity to listen to a live auction chant on you computer and to bid online in real time for each of the items as they come up for auction.
Winning bidders may pick up their items at the AAA Auction and Estate Center, or they may choose to have them shipped. Details will be in the auction listing.
Thank you.
 Tony and Denise
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New Late Pickup Terms
January 10, 2012
 Hello Bidders,
 Denise and I would like to thank all of the many people bidding on auctionmn.com. As you know, our auction family is growing rapidly. While we are very appreciative of our growth, the volume of items that we have been selling has presented some challenges. One of those is late pickups which create added cost in staff time, and a delay in processing our next auction. They also unfairly delay the consignor from receiving payment for his items. Also, since our space is limited, storing the late pickups also creates a space issue. So, we would like to thank all of our bidders who pick up their items at the scheduled time and we ask everyone else to try to do the same.  
The late pickup situation has required us to implement these new procedures as of the January 18th pickup:
 
  1. Starting with our auction ending on January 16th, we will add to our regular Wednesday pickup a Thursday pickup opportunity from 9 am until noon.
  2. We will start charging $10.00 for any late pickup. 
  3. For late pickups and for those bidders who registered with a credit card, there will be a $10 late fee charged to the bidder's credit card. 
  4. For those bidders who did not register with a credit card, their bidding privileges will be suspended until they pay for their items along with the late fee, and add their credit card information to their bidder profile.
Thank you.
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40-plus-year Collection
January 4, 2012
 Hello Auction Friends,
 
I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year's celebration. I know we did. The fish were really biting until the wind blew us off the lake. That's was OK though because Denise and I were anxious to go home and get busy putting up the first items from the 40-plus-year collection we promised you. Some pieces will go up this weekend for our auction closing on January 16th. Our Auction and Estate Center is full now, and we are going back for more soon. If you like kitchen collectibles, Griswold items, toys from the 30's and 40's, clocks, vintage needlepoint, glassware, antiques and the like, you will want to stay tuned.
 Tony and Denise
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Merry Christmas With Our Thanks
December 13, 2011
 
Hello Auction Friends,
 
This is just a short note to thank all of our sellers and buyers for allowing AAA Auction and auctionmn.com to help bring you together. For example, the auction that closed last night had over 50,000 page hits, 2544 total bids and 159 different bidders. That's great! We are very pleased and grateful for the chance to work with all of you in this business. Please have a happy and safe Christmas and holiday season.
 Tony and Denise
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Auction Featuring Hamm's and Other Beer Collectibles
November 28, 2011
 Hello Auction Friends,
 I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I know I did.
We are now busy at AAA Auction preparing our next online auction, which will include many Hamm’s Beer collectibles and other brewery collectibles. We expect a lot of interest in this auction, so if you have been waiting for a good time to sell any of your beer collectibles, this is it. To get anything in this auction, it should be brought to us as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday this week (
December 1st).
 Thank you.
 Tony and Denise
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October 25, 2011
How-to-Bid Reminders
 Here are some brief reminders about how to place bids.
Two "Submit Bids" Buttons
After you click the "Submit Bids" button, the computer will summarize your bids for you and show a new "Submit Bids" button, which you must also click for your bids to be processed. After your bid has been successfully submitted, you will see a screen that shows whether you are now the high bidder or whether someone else has previously placed a higher maximum bid.
 
"Outbid" E-mails and "Outbid" Red Triangles
If you are the high bidder and you get outbid at a later time, you will receive an e-mail notifying you of that. However, if the auction is already in the process of closing, you will not receive an e-mail. If you are logged in, a red triangle will appear next to those lots on which you have been outbid. You can log in by placing another bid, or by entering your bidder number and password at the bottom of a page with bidding boxes, then clicking the "Review Bids" button. That button limits the list of lots to display only those lots that you have bid on.
Refresh Often
After the auction starts to close, it is important to frequently refresh your browser to show up-to-date bids. When the auction is closing, there will be a "Refresh" link next to each lot's listing. Each of those links will refresh the entire page. You can also use your browser's refresh or reload option. If you do not refresh, your screen will show outdated information, and you may be surprised to find out later that someone else was the high bidder on your lot.
 
Closing Time Extensions
Any bid placed within three minutes of the closing time for a lot will extend the bidding time (delay the closing time) for that lot. Due to the way our system records bids, the actual extended time will be between two and three minutes. Each new bid during the extended bidding time will further extend the bidding time, until no bids are received during the last time extension.
 
"Your Maximum" Bidding Box
You can save time by entering the largest amount that you are willing to pay for a lot in the box in the column labeled "Your Maximum." Our system will then bid on your behalf in set increments, bidding the minimum amount required, up to your maximum bid (which you may later raise by placing another bid). Your maximum bid must be at least equal to the amount shown in the "Next Bid Required" column. Here are the bid increments:
 
Current Price is at least... Bid Increment
$15 $1
$100 $2.50
$300 $5
$500 $10
$1,000 $25
$3,000 $50
$10,000 $100
$20,000 $250
$35,000 $500
Over $35,000 $1,000
 You can also display the increments by clicking the "Increments" link to the right of the "Review Bids" button at the bottom of every page that has bid entry boxes.
 
Thank you.
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October 10, 2011
Reduced Credit Card Convenience Fees and Increased Buyer's Premium
 As everyone knows, the bank charges us a fee when folks pay with a credit card and we have been charging an extra 5% buyer's premium to cover those fees. From now on though, we will charge a credit card convenience fee of only 3%. On the other hand, we have found it necessary to raise the buyer's premium to 13%. While some companies still charge a 10% buyer's premium, when we did a survey, we found that buyer's premiums of more than 10% are not uncommon with some companies charging 15% and even 16.785%. We hope that you will continue to agree that the quality of our service is well worth the fees we charge. Thank you.
 
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October 1, 2011
WE FOUND A NEW HOME IN RAMSEY!!!!!
 
We are very excited about our new spot. We are right on Highway 10, in the old Ramsey Wine and Spirits store just east of Ramsey Blvd. It's right next to where there used to be a Holiday gas station. Hooray!!!! 
Our New Home
The new AAA Auction and Estate Center is at 7129 HIGHWAY 10 NW, RAMSEY MN 55303-6043 (Map). We're in the old Ramsey Wine & Spirits building at the intersection of Highway 10 and Ramsey Boulevard (Anoka County Road 56). We're across Highway 10 from a Holiday Stationstore, and across Ramsey Boulevard from a Burger King. Look for the bright red roof over our entryway.
Note: the Google Maps satellite view and the street view still show an old gas station to the west of our place. It is no longer there.
 
From the East on Highway 10
Coming from the southeast on Highway 10, turn right into our driveway before you get to Ramsey Boulevard.
From the West on Highway 10
or via Ramsey Boulevard

Coming from the west on Highway 10, turn north (left) onto Ramsey Boulevard. Exit Ramsey Boulevard directly across from Burger King's driveway, then pull around to the front of our building.
AAA Auction Center
 Tony Elfelt
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September 3, 2011
We are Moving
 Yes, the rumors are true. We have lost our lease and will be leaving our space in Anoka at the end of September. We are not, however, leaving the business. We are looking for another location where we will be able to continue holding regular online and live auctions as the need arises. So we will not be accepting any more consignments this month. We will continue to hold online and live estate auctions at our sellers' homes, and we will hold one or two more online auction later this month at the AAA Auction and Estate Center. That will be it then until we find a new location.
 All of us at auctionmn.com and AAA Auction would like to thank all of our consigners and buyers for providing us with the opportunity to do something we love. Many of you have become our friends through this business and we will miss seeing you until we land in a new location and see you again.
 
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April 20, 2011
Online Estate Auctions
 We will consider your special needs when making a recommendation for the best way to hold your sale. For some the best approach might be a live auction. For others it might be a traditional estate sale. But for many people an online estate auction brings in the most money with the least risk and hassle.
 Here is how we do it:
 A trained appraiser or auctioneer goes to your home and meets with you. If it turns out that we recommend an online estate auction and if that is what you choose, a date will then be set up for our staff of usually two or three people to return to your home to take pictures of everything to be sold. They will also put a numbered sticker on each item and type a description of that item into our computer.
 Once all the photos are taken and descriptions written, we will turn the data over to our webmaster, who will make every photograph look fantastic, and put the auction on the Internet for the world to see. We then return to your home again for a "preview day” which is a time when people can come to the home and inspect the items to be sold. After the auction closes at a predetermined date and time, we send all winning bidders an invoice by e-mail. We will then come back to your home two days later to collect the money from the buyers and to give them their purchases. Finally, in 7-10 days after the auction we will send you your check and a computerized printout of everything that sold.

An online estate auction is often better than a live estate sale because:
  So, while there is certainly a place for traditional auctions and traditional estate sales, in many cases you can get more money with less risk and less hassle when your sale is conducted as an online auction.
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March 23, 2011
"Minnesota Pickers"
 If you have things you would like to sell to us, but have too many to bring them to us or no way to get them to us, we'd be happy to come to your home instead. Just like the guys on TV, we're the "Minnesota Pickers," and we don't mind geting dirty either. You can call me at (763) 421-2099 or e-mail me at tony@auctionmn.com.
Also, as a reminder, all motorboats sold in April will be sold with no commissions charged to the sellers.
Thank you.
 
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March 11, 2011
Thank You
 
THANK YOU for being bidders and sellers on auctionmn.com. We recently gave out bidder #2000 and we are growing every day. We will continue to strive to give first-class service at reasonable rates to everyone. Thanks again.
Thank you.
 
Tony Elfelt
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February 1, 2011
Coming in April:
Zero-Commission Boats and Motors Online Auction
Canoe & Kayak Live Auction
 
Even though it seems like this winter will never end, spring will be here before you know it. So it’s not too early to start thinking about buying or selling a boat or motor. And to make your selling decision easy, auctionmn.com will waive all seller-paid commissions for all boats and motors we sell during every auction during the month of April, 2011. This only applies to motor boats. AAA Auction encourage sellers of canoes and kayaks to bring them to Midwest Mountaineering to sell on April 16th. The boats and motors will be listed in the order they come in. You can also put a reserve or minimum price on your boat or motor. So, if you have a boat or motor to sell, call us today to reserve your spot: (763) 421-2099.
 And for those of you who prefer muscle-powered watercraft, AAA Auction is pleased to announce that we have again been chosen to conduct the Canoe and Kayak Consignment Auction at Midwest Mountaineering’s Spring Expo on April 16th at their store in Minneapolis. This is a great time to either buy or sell a canoe or kayak. More information will be posted later about this event.
 Thank you.
 
Tony Elfelt
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January 17, 2011
Green Bay Packers Framed Print
 
Congratulations Green Bay Packers! If the Vikings can't be there, there is no team I'd rather see in the Super Bowl than Green Bay. And for all you Packer fans, we have a special auction just for you. It closes on Monday and has only one item: a signed and numbered framed Green Bay Packers print called "The Diehards" by Don Kloetzke. It shows a couple of Packers fans and their cheesehat-wearing snowman tailgating in the snowy parking lot outside Lambeau Field while they watch the game on a portable TV. Go Packers!
 
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January 17, 2011
Two Online Auctions Coming Up: Antiques and Collectibles, and More Unclaimed Freight

Happy Monday Everyone!
Thank you to all who attended our live auction on Saturday. It was very nice to see not only many of our old friends, but also a lot of new faces as well.
Sunday was a busy day for us at the AAA Auction and Estate Center. We unloaded the next load of unclaimed freight and then Denise and I visited with a charming couple who are downsizing in Coon Rapids and who will be having us do an antique and collectible online auction at their home. They have many very nice things, so if you like antiques and collectibles, you'll want to watch for this one. So long for now.
Tony Elfelt
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January 9, 2011

Minnesota State Auctioneers' Association

Hello Everyone,
 
If you were wondering why there weren't many live auctions last weekend, it’s because the Minnesota State Auctioneers' Convention was being held in St. Cloud and most of the state's serious and dedicated auctioneers attended. Members of the association agree to conduct their businesses according to a code of conduct that recognizes both legal obligations and also ethical obligations to our sellers and buyers. Members usually display the MSAA logo in their ads too, and by doing business with a member of this group, you can be assured of having a fine and honest auctioneer working for you. Years ago we used to hear, "This product has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval." When it comes to auctions, look for the MSAA logo because it is the "Good Auctioneering Seal of Approval."
 See you at the auction!
Minnesota State Auctioneer's Association logo
Tony Elfelt
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January 3, 2011
Auction of Unclaimed Freight and Estate Items Now Online

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday. For my part, we welcomed in the New Year with a karaoke party up at the AAA Auction and Estate Center. All I have to say about that is that it was a good thing the rest of the shopping center was closed when we were singing.
We have now posted the first auction with unclaimed freight together with a couple estates. We have interesting things from all sources that you don't often see at auctions.
 Also, although we already have a lot of good inventory for our January 15th live auction at the AAA Auction and Estate Center, we always have room to add additional quality consignments. So if you received a Christmas gift that you can't return but won't use, how about bringing it up to the AAA Auction and Estate Center? Please call us first though at (763) 421-3044.
 So long for now.
Tony Elfelt
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December 21, 2010
Unclaimed Freight Online Auction Coming Soon

Hello Everyone,
 Thank you to all who visited us at the Anoka Auction and Estate Center for the recent indoor estate sale conducted by our good friend, Maggi, from Gently Kept Estate Sales. We heard many nice comments like how nice it was not to have to go up and down stairs in someone's house and how comfortable it was to have all the elbow room the Anoka Auction and Estate Center offers.
 Thanks also to all who bid on items in our Asian auction and in our consignment auction that closed on Monday, December 20th. We are very grateful for your bids.
 We are just now starting to open up all the boxes of unclaimed freight we recently received in a large semi trailer. Although we are just starting, it looks like we are going to have a large assortment of items including a whole pallet of John Deere parts. Most of this will be put on another online auction shortly.
Do you need a great car? Our next online auction will have a 1985 Cadillac Cimarron with only 40,080 miles on it.
 We also will be holding another live auction at the AAA Auction and Estate Center soon. Please join us as a buyer or a seller, or better yet, as both.
All of us at AAA Auction and Realty and auctionmn.com would like to wish everyone a happy and joyous Christmas season.
Tony Elfelt
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November 16, 2010
Oriental Furniture & Home Decorations Online Auctions

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. As for me and my family, we have plenty to be thankful for and I hope the same is true for you. Thank you too for all of your consignments and purchases.
I am excited to tell you that AAA Auction was recently chosen to conduct a liquidation of the Oriental Furniture & Home Decorations store in St. Paul. So if you have not already joined our e-mail list, you should do that now so you will be informed when the first of at least two Oriental and Asian Decor online auctions will take place. For sure we will have one before Christmas, so you can plan on shopping with us. Thank you.

Tony Elfelt
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November 12, 2010
More Live and Online Auctions Coming
What do you have to sell?

Hello again,
 Thanks to all of our consignors and buyers who made our November 11th live auction a success. As soon as we have enough items for another live auction, we will schedule it for an upcoming Saturday. If you have things to sell, please call us before you come in to drop them off.
We will be happy to advise you regarding what items would be good to bring in for our live auctions or for our online auctions. If we are not at the AAA Auction and Estate Center when you call, we can be there in several minutes. The phone at the AAA Auction and Estate Center is (763) 421-3044 and our off-site office phone is (763) 421-2099.
We are currently putting together our next online auction which should be up and running soon.
 Thank you.

Tony Elfelt
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October 28, 2010
Recent and Upcoming Live and Online Auctions

Hello Everyone,
 Thanks to all of you who attended our live auction on October 28th!
 We are happy to announce that our next live auction will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 11th at our AAA Auction and Estate Center, 530 West Main Street in Anoka.
 We already have quite a few nice things for our next live auction, but we always have room for more nice items! Please feel free to call us at the AAA Auction and Estate Center at (763) 421-3044 to consign your items for our next live auction.
 Finally, don’t forget to check out our current online consignment auction that closes on November 8th. We are well on our way to posting an additional online auction also!
 Thank you!
 Tony Elfelt
 

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September 4, 2010
House in Champlin, MN to be sold at auction on Sept. 9th, 2010

 Hello Everyone,
 Do you know anyone who could use a three-bedroom home for a price less than two-bedroom rent? If so, please suggest they check out the home we will be selling by auction next Thursday at 7 p.m. It's in Champlin on Dayton Road, and it has a low reserve.
Thank You,

Tony Elfelt
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August 23, 2010
Calling All Hunters!
 
Hi Folks,
 Hunting season is right around the corner. There is no better time to sell that old gun that's been under your bed for the last several years. There's also no better way to sell than online with auctionmn.com, where we have a full federal firearms license. You can also protect your gun with a reserve to make sure it doesn't sell too low. Hunting gear also sells well, so think of us when you get around to cleaning out the garage. We plan to dedicate an entire auction to guns and hunting this fall. Good items to sell are of course guns, but also ammunition, decoys, bows and arrows, stands, ATV's, boats, camouflage clothing, knives and the like.

Tony Elfelt
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August 19, 2010
Customer E-mails
 
I would like to share with you two kind e-mails that we recently received. One said, " I was greatly encouraged by how the items sold. I think we made a good decision to go with your on-line auction." The other said, "You are the only auction company we use. Everyone is always so friendly and honest."
Thank you for those kind words and thank you to everyone who has used our services.

Tony Elfelt
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August 17, 2010
More Drawing Winners / Time Changes for Closing and for Previews

Thank you to all of you who have obtained a bidder number for auctionmn.com. Congratulations to our final three winners in our "New Number" drawing: bidders 1237, 1260, and 1310. Each will receive $25.00 in credit for their future buyer's premiums. That concludes our contest, but not all of the good deals waiting for you at www.auctionmn.com.
Watch for another online auction starting next week. Watch also for a LIVE estate auction to take place at a Coon Rapids home on September 18th, and a residential Champlin real estate auction coming soon as well.
 In response to a number of requests, please note that we are going to change the closing time of our auctions to 7:30 p.m. starting with the auction closing on September 6th. We are also going to hold the previews at the same time as the pickup from the preceding auction. Our pickups are on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., so naturally, the previews will take place at the same time. We hope these changes will be more convenient for everyone. Finally, if you just can't make the preview, please call us and we'll see if we can help you out.
Thanks,

Tony Elfelt
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August 7, 2010
The World's Longest Yard Sale

What a fun time Denise and I are having with our friends Carl and Eileen at the World’s Longest Yard Sale. We left Minnesota last Sunday and made our way to Gadsden Alabama, the southernmost tip of the sale. It wasn't scheduled to start until Thursday, but we found some friendly folks and helped them unload their truck as they were setting up their booth. We bought some good items from them.
 We are pulling an 18' trailer. Our plan was to fill up the trailer with cool stuff to sell online at auctionmn.com. Unfortunately, we ran out of money before we ran out of space. Yesterday we were looking for sales. Today we are looking for an ATM.
 It was great fun stopping and haggling with the locals, especially in Tennessee. We met many good old boys and everyone we encountered was very friendly, except the yahoo who shot a bullet through our trailer at some point. We don't know when that happened, but I'm sure they were shooting at Carl for slamming on the brakes to stop at a sale.
 We really did find some good stuff. Carl is the pedal car expert and I found some Hopalong Cassidy items.
 From there we traveled north for a little slice of Georgia and into Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and then Indiana. There wasn't time to go all the way to the northern end of the sale, so we left the Highway 127 yard sale corridor and are heading northwest to Galena, Illinois.

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July 2, 2010
Online Auctions

 Hello Everyone,

As you may know, we have just started issuing our own online bidder numbers. We encourage everyone to get one and be ready to bid on some great auctions we have coming up later this month. Also, if you are not on our e-mail list yet, we encourage you to join that as well so you won't miss out on any bargains.
 If you are a seller, now is the time to consign your items. As we get up and running we are offering sellers’ commissions as low as 5% or even FREE! Those rates won't last very long though, so if you have something to sell, this is a great time to bring it in. We don't take everything though. We are trying to limit our auctions to higher-quality merchandise. So we generally don't take garage sale leftovers or items that have little or no resale value. We are always happy to answer your questions about what may or may not be worth bringing in to the AAA Auction and Estate Center.
 We also conduct auctions on site at your location and we pay generous amounts for estates we purchase outright. We can arrange to come to your home to transport your items to the AAA Auction and Estate Center in Anoka as well. Thank you.
 Tony Elfelt
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April 28, 2010
AuctionZip

We just received an e-mail from one of the premier auction web sites in the nation, AuctionZip, informing us that our auctions listed on their web site were viewed last week more than any other company's auctions in Minnesota. Thank you to everyone who clicked on our site.

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April 27, 2010
Midwest Mountaineering Spring Expo and Online Update

What a fun day we had Saturday at Midwest Mountaineering’s 50th Annual Spring Expo! We had over 100 canoes and kayaks to sell and the sellers and buyers came out in spite of the rainy weather. Fortunately we had the weather forecast, so we had time to put up canopies before the rain came. Although our online auctions are going great, I still love getting up and calling out bids to a live crowd -- even when my generator quits running and I have no loudspeakers. I guess it helps to be a loud mouth to begin with. Also, for those of you who went to the AAA Auction and Estate Center by mistake on Saturday, I apologize. The announcement that we sent out a couple months ago could have been clearer.
 AAA Auction also has now completed its 8th online auction. The most recent one was a large and very nice estate in Edina. We were very happy to have been asked to team up with Gently Kept Estate Sales for this online auction. Everything stayed right there in Edina rather than coming to the AAA Auction and Estate Center in Anoka. On-site online auctions are a great alternative to a traditional estate sale or a live auction. They usually make more money for the seller and just about everything seems to get sold. They are also a lot of fun to watch on the computer as the bids often come rushing in towards the end of the auction. We set up our online auctions to be fair to everyone. If an item receives a bid within three minutes of its scheduled closing time, the bidding for that item is automatically extended for three minutes from the time of that bid. Those time extensions continue until there are no additional bids for three minutes. Last night we had one item that was extended about ten times because there was so much competition for the item.
Of course, sometimes an old fashioned live auction is the best choice for the seller. So, one of the most important things we do is consider the seller's needs and then make a recommendation that fits our seller best.
 See you at the auction!
 
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March 1, 2010
Update

Wow, have things ever changed since my last post! Most noticeably, we now occupy the old grocery store next to the Anoka Drug Store in the Anoka Shopping Center. We have been doing live auctions in that location since August, 2009. This has been a very convenient and comfortable way to conduct auctions. No worries about the weather and no rush to set everything up during the 12 hours before an auction.
 Our benefit auction business has been expanding as well. Although times are tough, we have found that generosity still abounds. For example, we recently sold an autographed Adrian Peterson jersey for nearly $4,000! I am told that one of the things that make our benefit business unique is that we bring trained ringmen to assist in the bidding. In my opinion, this is essential to a great benefit because the ringmen not only help persuade folks to bid, but they help make the auction a show as well as a sale.
 
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October 28, 2008
Simpson Auction

It was AUCTION TIME again last Sunday in Andover. Little did we know when we scheduled the auction in August that we would have 50-mile-an-hour wind gusts, temperatures in the low 30s and snow. Even so, well over 100 bidders attended the Bob Simpson auction and had great buys on collectible farm toys, Elvis memorabilia, tools, guns, and more. Our food vendors kept everyone warm with hot food and our tents kept everyone out of the wind most of the time. On behalf of our clients and AAA Auction, thank you very much for attending, and we'll see you at the next AUCTION! 

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April 28, 2008
Benefit Auctions

Benefit Auctions are an exciting and fun way to raise money for charitable organizations. From smaller groups such as chapters of Ducks Unlimited to large organizations such as the Heart Fund and major hospitals, everyone at the auction can have fun while achieving worthwhile goals. Galas and fundraisers are quite a bit different though from the typical auctions. For example, at a Benefit Auction, the auctioneer usually sells 10 to 20 items whereas at an estate or antique auction, the auctioneer will sell hundreds of items at one auction.
 But, what the benefit auctioneer lacks in quantity, he makes up for in money raised and entertainment provided. In fact, the best benefit auctioneers think of themselves as much as entertainers as they do auctioneers. Since only about 5% of the gala guests bid at live auctions, the auctioneer needs to make the auction fun and entertaining for the other 95% of the people too. The 95% who don't bid need to have fun too so they spread the word about how enjoyable the event was and also so they come back next year ready to spend money. Not only have I been able to break many records regarding the amount of money raised at live auctions, but many folks have mentioned to me how much they have enjoyed the humor, the excitement, and even the occasional song that I use at the events where I perform.
 As one of the first Certified Benefit Auction Specialists in Minnesota, I am available to counsel your group about all phases of the Benefit, or I am available to simply conduct the live auction for you. As always, I am available for unlimited phone conferences and e-mails from all of my clients.
 
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