Wednesday 7th December 2016 - Cara Bentham
Auctions can be a great place to pick up the perfect Christmas presents. Take a look at our top 5 reasons to go to auction this Christmas.
Many of us approach the holiday season each year with the intention of being thoughtful and original with our gifts, only to be distracted and inevitably caught up in the last-minute rush buying off-the-shelf gifts that are less than perfect. If you are yet to finish – or even start – your Christmas shopping this year, don’t panic! There’s still time to find those special gifts for everyone on your list. By doing your Christmas shopping at auction, you can be sure to find that special something that will put a smile on the face of even the hardest to buy for. Here’s 5 good reasons to do your Christmas shopping at auction…
The range of items on sale at auction is huge and varied, meaning that there truly is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for that special item for an avid collector, a stunning piece of jewellery, a beautiful ornament or something else entirely, you can be sure to find exactly what you want at auction. There are so many different types of auctions, from general sales to those that are more specific including fine arts, militaria, designer collections and toys. This month, there are even specific auctions for those looking for the perfect Christmas gifts. Why not browse the catalogues on our site for inspiration?
With all the parties, decorations, food and gifts to fork out for, the cost of Christmas can quickly add up. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably feeling as though your list of people to buy for just keeps growing. At auction, there are so many opportunities to bag yourself a bargain and save yourself some money this Christmas. Once you have found the items you want, set yourself a budget and stick to it. If you’re not successfully, don’t worry. There’ll be plenty more opportunities to get the right item at the right price. To avoid disappointment, perhaps make a shortlist of several items, so you’re less likely to go away empty handed.
Auctions are a great place to find gifts that are truly unique, rare or difficult to find elsewhere. So many of the gifts we buy at Christmas are items and gift sets that are mass-produced cheaply and serve little purpose other than ticking off the names on our list. I once went Christmas shopping with someone who randomly pulled gift sets off the shelf, bundled them into their basket and stated that they would decide later who to give each one to. And, most years, I end up with duplicate gifts from different people. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful (you can never have too much bubble bath, right?), but the gifts you really treasure are those that demonstrate the most thought, irrespective of monetary value. Auctions are a treasure trove of hidden gems, where you never know what you’re going to find that’ll make you think ‘that’ll be perfect for…’.
Many of the items on sale at auction are an investment. Antiques and collectibles will not only bring joy in the present (excuse the pun), but may even increase in value over time. You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune now for something to be worth a lot in years to come. I often hear stories of items that were only bought for a few pounds being sold for hundreds or thousands of pounds several years later. All you need is a keen eye, a little knowledge and perhaps even a little bit of luck. But, by bidding on items you know they’ll love, you can’t go wrong – even if they don’t end up being worth thousands of pounds in years to come.
Most people, these days, do a substantial portion of their Christmas shopping online. It saves time and avoids the stress of the shops. The good news is, you can do the same when buying at auction. With Easy Live Auction, you can browse auction catalogues and bid live with numerous auctions each week. The process is simple and you can bid on as many items as you like in a single auction for a flat fee of just £3. Why not register for an account today?
So, if you’re stuck for ideas for the perfect gift, then why not browse our auction catalogues for inspiration? By sticking to your budget and ensuring you have a specific recipient in mind when bidding, you can’t go wrong!