You know that sometimes during an auction, the auctioneer brings down the gavel to mark the sale of the lot. Then notices out of the corner their eye, as the hammer falls, a last second bid. They auctioneer resumes the auction and ignores the hammer.
We are pleased to say this has happened to Auctions in a Day. The hammer has not come down for the final time. When circumstances permit the auctions will resume under new management. They will still be operating in the same locale. The web site and Facebook page may remain quiet for some time as they are transferred. Please watch out for future announcements.
We know it has snowed but this could be one of our best auctions ever. There is a fantastic collection of silver and watches for sale. Driving from New Alresford to Winchester this morning was only damp. No snow or ice on the main roads. The auction tomorrow, Saturday 2nd February will go ahead at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester. It’s at the bottom of the Sainsbury’s car park and Sainsbury’s will be make sure that is open. Viewing from 12:30 – Auction at 2pm.
In the weather does give cause for concern, please check this web site for updates or our Facebook Page Auctions in a Day. There will be Facebook updates on the lots as they come in from 09:30 tomorrow.
You have probably heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by now. We need to conform with this legislation by the 25th May 2018. Here is the layman’s overview of what we do at Auctions in a Day.
We record a few things on paper at the auctions and electronically via our web site and Facebook page. They are only used for the auction’s business they are not sold on or shared.
At the auction we record for sellers: your names, telephone numbers, email and addresses on the lotting sheets. For buyers: your name, bidder number and telephone number are recorded in the book. We record who buys the lots with our buyer cards. We keep these indefinitely.
For subscribers to our web site posts, your email address is saved by Jet Pack for WordPress.com and the data managed by them. You can unsubscribe at any time with the links on the emails you receive. We cannot do this for you. We can download the list of email addresses but we only do this to estimate the percentage of real emails!
If you comment on our website pages and posts you are asked for your name and email address. You can also leave a web site link. Some comments are answered via email and then deleted. They never appear on the web site. Others are replied to via the website and your name but not your email will be revealed. We will also know the IP address you sent it from. 95% of our comments are spam and automatically segregated! The rest are only made visible after we approve them. We keep them indefinitely.
If you use our web site you will have at sometime been asked to accept or not cookies being recorded about your activity on the web site. In general this is anonymous information based on the IP address you used to browse the web site. One use of a cookie is to stop you getting repeating pop ups for the next auction.
Now the slightly more complex stuff. We use Google Analytics, Clicky and Facebook Pixel to gather more detailed information about visitors to our web site. For instance we know that:
88% of you are from the UK (or rather your Internet Service Provider is)
27% of our visitors bounce i.e. open a page and are scared off very quickly (a much lower percentage than most web sites)
12% of visitors are from Facebook and
About half of our visitor find us via a search, of which 70% were from Google.
The Facebook Pixel and Google cookies will provide more information to them, if you visit our website whilst logged in to their sites. The Facebook Pixel is useful to us because we can focus our Facebook advertising on the type of people who visit our site. All the processing and data storage is done by Facebook. You may be able to opt out of this with your Facebook settings. Google would do similar things with adverts on our web site but we don’t do that.
A few differences to our calendar this year. The majority of the auctions are at Badger Farm Community Centre. After a successful auction at Otterbourne last year, we will be holding auctions there in March and September this year. In July we will return to Perins School in New Alresford and this will be combined with our cycle auction.
We have been enjoying our summer break and hope you have to.
Tomorrow is the first auction in the Autumn series starting at Itchen Abbas Village Hall. We have some new sellers bringing along items from a house downsizing and an workshop clearout. These will be as diverse as ever: a metal cutter with 20 x 300mm discs PAT tested, a portaloo (unused), a stainless steel fender rack, box of wooden woodworking tools, an Early Learning Centre noisy house and who knows what else. Cycles are also welcome and I know of one refurbished girls bike that is coming.
If you are selling, please add a description (and image) of the items as a comment to this post to promote them.
We have space for a few more sellers. Please contact Claire on 01962 734941 to book a table or floor space.
It’s the normal programme:
09:30-10:30 ……. Deliver lots
12:30-14:00 …… Viewing
14:00-17:00 …… Auction
17:30 …………… Please collect, your lots, your cash or unsold lots by this time.
Here are the remaining Saturdays for 2016 are:
1 Oct – Badger Farm, Winchester
5 Nov – Badger Farm, Winchester
3 Dec – Itchen Abbas Village Hall
Please note it is Alresford Show day and adjust your travel plans accordingly. The Alresford to Cheriton Road and Alresford town centre should be avoided. The Kings Worthy to Alresford road is normally fine but there may hold ups at the Alresford end T junction. You can leave the A31 Winchester to Alresford dual carriageway at the Avington turn off and follow signs to Itchen Abbas.
We look to seeing you all and hearing your summer stories.