Re: Auction Fever
Mark Thornsburg wrote:
> Hello, irisers...
> this will have been my first FULL week of school (and by that I mean
> having attended every class every day.) And, to treat myself, I went to
> the auction last night. About the second iris auctioned was AFFAIRE, by
> Barry Blyth (you can see it on the world iris web page.) And I won.
> Diana Winship paid the same amount for the second rhizome, but I WON!!!
> Then, about an hour later, one of the two irises I had to have, WAFFLE
> TALK, was up for auction. After sitting through an hour of stuff out of
> my price range, I actually jumped up and began waving my auction paddle
> while he was still announcing the name. My strategy was simple: keep
> that bidding paddle up in the air until Diana told people to quit
> bidding against me. It worked. Mine for $16. Unfortunately, ny father
> had arrived while I was bidding, and I don't think he approved of my
> techniques: DAD: Can you afford this? How are you paying?
> ME: Mom gave me your checkbook, and signed four checks.
> The last one I wanted to bid on was BLACK FALLS. When they told us "on
> to '97 irises," I went and *discreetly* asked the auctioneer's helper
> to please auction that next. Once again, I won by about 2 seconds.
> Someone bid $18 right after the auctioneer said "sold." I left the
> meeting with three irises, three new friends, ( I met Jana Bone of our
> very own iris-l last night!), three pieces of Diana's upside-down
> pineapple cake, and minus one stainless steel serving spoon. Parents,
> never rush your children, sometimes we're as forgetful as you! <VBG>
> AND... I saw a picture of Tom Burseen's Air Up There... Words, pictures
> cannot do it justice.
Sounds like a great technique for auctions. BTW what is VBG. Around my
house it would mean vegetable bin green as in mold and mildew.