I have now been around the auction industry for 39 of my 39 years here on earth. Yes, I was born into a family of auctioneers and started working at auctions when I was 5 years old. You might say Auctions are just a way of life for me. More than that though, they are a passion of mine and I honestly can say I enjoy the entire process. Part of it is because I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories, other times it is because there is so much history that is uncovered by the Auction process, and I love history.
As I look around the Gallatin TN area at all the upcoming auctions being held, I cannot help but reflect on why Auctions have been such an effective method of sale for those who are settling estate for so many years. My family heritage goes back to my great grandfather in the year 1910, but Auctions have been held here in Tennessee for much longer than that. With time changes to the auction industry has allowed for new and exciting ways to market and sell items, but Auctions have been a staple here for a long time, and with current activity at this level, appear to be here to stay for a long time as well.
So what is it about an Auction and an Estate that make for such a combination? It is the combination of a life long effort to obtain and collect items and the fact they are being sold, in most cases, in one day. There is just something about tying a long life of work, collecting, and holding on to things to a one day effort to disperse that life ling effort in a very short period of time. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “You guys will NEVER get this all sold today,” or “You are going to be here till midnight,”only to see the Auction finish at 4-5pm. It also never ceases to amaze me how a life of hard work, labor, love, and gathering can be scattered in the matter of hours. If I am amazed by it, having done it essentially my entire life, than how much more that must be the feeling of those who come to buy and bid on the items they awaited a literally someones lifetime to have the opportunity to purchase.
The marriage of these two life events, an Estate and an Auction, is a very unique one indeed. Here in Tennessee, and around the world, these two life events have gone hand in hand for ages, and will continue on for many more.
If you live in the Tennessee area and would like to speak to an Auctioneer who has served hundreds of families over the years through the difficult process of an Estate Auction, please visit HERE and I would be honored to share with you how your family member’s Estate and an Auction could be the perfect fit.