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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta C - THE tETHftftlDGE MEftAlD - Tuesday, fek.vmy 20, 1973 Bidders clamour for a bargain By GARRY AIXISON. of The Herald "I Have 25 ... 25 ... 25 dollar bidder, 25 dollar bidder. Who'll give me 30? Do I hear 30? I have 25 . . ." The machine-gun like staccato of the auctioneer's bidcalling rattles off the old unpainted walls of the auction barn. The rhythmic patter, every Thursday evening at"6:30, often continues on into the early hours of "Friday morning. Auctioneer Keith Erdmann, a 12-year veteran of the professional coaxing business, tries to squeeze an extra $5 out of the pocket of a hesitant buyer. "Do I have 30 ... do I have 80 . . . going . . . gone for $27,50. G-o-o-d eye!" There's an excitement generated at an auction sale, an excitement that catches up even the casual observer. i There are those who attend an auction with the intention of bidding on a single item - a husband and wife waiting for that certain dresser to come up or a businessman waiting to bid on a 220 volt cooler. But the real action takes place early in the evening when the nearly 200 serious bidders clamour tor a bargain, any kind of bargain. And they find the bargains. A couple of curling rocks, a barrel of nails, a mass of twisted copper pipe, or a wash tub full of alarm clocks, vv a.s h-boards and assorted junk. Sold monkey "We've sold some pretty varied item," recalls Keith grinning as he remembers the time he sold a monkey which during the bidding, bit his auctioneer partner. "He got blood poisoning from the thing. And just after 1 told the buyers he didn't bite." Shetland ponies, rabbits, dogs, cats, they all find their way to the auctioneer's stand. Boxes of books, dart boards, .lunch boxes, old used horseshoes. You name it. Keith sells it. Then there are buyers of farms, trucks, cars, snowmobiles and antiques. "People are fussier now with antiques. They buy to fit the article into their homes. Very ATTENTION MR. FARM MANAGER DIVERSIFIED CROPS LTD. invites you to attend the PUBLIC MEETING to discuss marketing opportunities for your 1973-74 flax and rapeseed crops. TOWNS ... VLUCAN - Monday, February 19th BARONS - Tuesday, February 20th RAYMOND - Wednesday, February 2list TIME: 6:00 P.M. LOCATION: LEGION HALIS EVERYONE IS WELCOME DIVERSIFIED CROPS LTD. CALGARY and LETHBRIDGE - Phone 245-T 223 few buy on whim any more. Most are looking for something useable - and old," he says. He says a cross section of people attend auctions. The "upper crust" looking for that certain antique, the young couple furnishing their new home or their new baby's room, the .wheeler-dealer looking for a "buy" only to set', it brtk next week, for a' profit, tVe working n>an trying to beat the rising cost of living. The honest. And the dishonest. "We get our share of rubber cheques," Keith says, "but all in all its enjoyable.!' ".Sometimes funny things can happen, like a wife bidding against her husband. If we know the couple and spot this we have some fun with them but then start the bidding over again. Sometimes, though, unknown to us, this can happen and one or - the other ends up buying an article for more than they intended to." Training Keith, who works 150 to 160 auctions a year, got his auctioneer training in Billings, Mont. "I hate to mention this, but it was only a two-week course," he whispers. The main requirement is practice . . . and more practice. The filler words auctioneers use between the prices during the bidding are an individual thing. They are word combinations that fit together with ease and roll off the tongue. Throat lozenges are a boon to an auctioneer. The bid calling must be fast and rhythmic, urging the bidders higher and higher in the midst of the noise and excitement. Skates, saddles, stereo speakers, stoves, stuffed sofas, boxes, beds, broken windows, wheels "25 dollar bidder, who'll give me 30 . . . 30, 30 ..." CaT?LLI Catclli 5 Gqtclli Is me largest single macaroni manufacturer in western Canada. Purchases over 95% of its raw materials locally. Has been serving western Canada for over twenty - five years from its Leth bridge plant. GARRY ALLISON photo Rhythmic patter . . auctioneer Keith Erdmann 104 13th STREET NORTH LETHBRIDGE PHONE 327-3343 Have You Booked or Registered for your HOLIDAY FLIGHT TO EUROPE? Book now and avoid disappointment! A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE is your agent for the following tour Operators in Europe . . . Global Cooks Trafalgar Frames American Express Four ways Horizon Southdown We will handle all year travel arrangemer's remember ... "A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL is appointed Agent for all MAJOR AIRLINES and STEAMSHIPS "For the Best in Travel . . , ALL-WAYS" Call or Visit . . . A.M.A. World Travel Service 608 5th Ave. S. - Phone 328-7921 e-r 328-1181 - All enquiries welcome Office open Monday thru Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ample free parking at rear of building ;