If you’ve ever attended an antiques auction, you’ll know just how varied the audience can be.
Whether there are 10 people or 100, if you take the time to look around, you’ll notice that whilst they may all be different in one respect, they’ll all share similarities with each other.
With them often being able to be placed into a group, although these may not account for everyone, the following three groups of people can almost always be found at every antiques auction around the world.
1. The Professionals
These are the people who know what they’re doing. They might work in the industry full time or at the very least, the buying and selling of antiques is more than a hobby.
You won’t necessarily be able to distinguish these individuals by the way they look, but you should be able to by their movements – they’ll know which lots they want to buy, how much they want to pay and everything will be very methodical; very much a masterclass in auction bidding.
2. The Opportunists
The people who fall into this group are so often those who enjoy antiques, have had some luck in the past when selling them and attend auctions to see if they can pick up a bargain.
Not usually regulars and generally only attending when they get the chance, these people may not have an in-depth understanding of the antiques they’re buying, but they’ll have enough knowledge to know the ballpark figure in which they should be bidding.
Unlike professionals, however, they sometimes get it wrong and either pay too much for an item or get into a bidding war and end up spending more than their intended auction budget on one item alone.
3. The Hopefuls
Everyday people who’ve usually had a clear out of their attic or garage and come across items that could be worth some money at auction, these people look more nervous than anything else – not because they don’t know what they’re doing, but because they hope their items are going to sell for as much as possible!
Not usually bidding on items themselves, if they do, it’s usually only a minimal amount and on items they would have in their own home, rather than for reselling.
Whilst these three groups are some of the most notable seen we’re sure they’re not the only ones.