Many years ago I saw an ad for a general merchandise consignment auction about 2 miles from home. I told my wife I was going to buy the Bear alignment rack that was advertised. Her first question was why? Her second was what is it going to cost. I replied $1. Auction day arrives and SWMBO "suggested" we take the car. For some reason she thought that would deter me from buying the alignment rack. We get to the auction and saw some friends were there. They asked what we were interested in. I told them I was going to buy the alignment rack......for a dollar. Everyone (except me) laughed. Ran into some other friends....same story. Of course others overheard the conversations and they laughed as well. A few hours into the sale it was time for the alignment rack to go one the block. The (female) auction who we know pretty well started off trying to get $1000. No bids, so she dropped to $750. She was standing about 2 feet away and could tell I was interested. No bids, so she dropped to $500 to open. Then $400. No bids. She said I know you want it, what are you going to bid. I said ONE DOLLAR. EVERYONE except the auctioneer and consignor laughed. She declined to take my bid. She then tried to get $300, then $250. No bids. She looked at me. I said ONE DOLLAR. She said NO!. $200? No bids. $150? No bids. $125? She looked at me and said $100. I said ONE DOLLAR. She said NO!. $75? $50? $35? $25? She looked at me and said $25. Before I could reply she said DON'T SAY IT. I said it. ONE DOLLAR. It was worth more than that for scrap but the crowd was getting some entertainment value out of the exchange. The auctioneer asked, more like begged for $10. No bids. $5? No bids. She said surely you'll pay $5. I said ONE DOLLAR. She said NO! $2.50? No bids. She looked at me. I said ONE DOLLAR! She said she wasn't going to sell it for a dollar. I said, we'll see. $2? No bids. $1.50? No bids. By this time she won't even look at me. $1.25? No bids. She said will anyone else give me a dollar so I won't have to sell it to him? No bids! With a defeated expression on her face she looked at me and said $1? At this point I briefly thought maybe I should say 50 cents but figured someone else would bid a dollar. I bid a dollar. She (half ? ) jokingly asked if anyone would bid $1.01? She said Sold for one lousy buck.
The alignment rack was disassembled and sitting on a dovetail equipment trailer. I told my wife I was going home to get the truck. When I got back she said the consignor had offered to deliver it for $20. I declined. He stood there and watched as I backed up to his trailer, got some roller pipes under the rack and rolled it onto my truck slick as could be. The consignor then walked up and introduced himself and said you're killing me. He said he had some pneumatic jacks at home that had been accessories to the rack and asked if I was interested in them. Sure, how much? You can have them. He even delivered them. We're good friends now.
This post was edited by Pops1532 at 16:02:02 01/04/13.
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