NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY
Each year on the third Thursday in April, National Auctioneers Day recognizes those who hold auctions and take our bids all year long. According to the National Auctioneers Association, it is estimated nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in goods and services are sold by professional auctioneers every year.
Going once! Going twice! SOLD!!
A sales method over 2,000 years old, the rhythmic cadence used in The United States is uniquely American. Thought to have developed during the Civil War, the rapidly punctuated chatter of these auctioneers not only gets the job done but makes it entertaining as well. Elsewhere in the world, auctioneers take a more sedate approach. Both styles get the bids and sell the items on the auction block to the highest bidder.
Auctioneers provide a service to both the buyer and the seller. They must maintain high standards to stay competitive. These knowledgeable business professionals know the products they sell. They recognize quality and a deal when they see it, too. Auctioneers also provide services in times of great need too. Often a family needs to sell an estate or land to alleviate debt. An auctioneer provides professional guidance during a difficult time.
Across the country, a variety of auction platforms take place. Whether auctioneers sell livestock, art, automobiles, or surplus, an auction can be found near you. Left to the imagination, just about anything can be put up for auction.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAuctioneersDay
- Celebrate National Auctioneers Day, and take part in the National Auctioneers Foundation’s annual National Auctioneers Day drive.
- Share your memories of auctions you’ve attended or give a shoutout to an auctioneer you know.
- Give a shout-out to an auctioneer you know.
- Or simply share your thoughts about auctioneers using #NationalAuctioneersDay on Social Media.
NATIONAL AUCTIONEERS DAY HISTORY
While the founder of National Auctioneer Day is unknown, according to the National Auctioneers Association, the observance has been celebrated for over 25 years.
Q. Do auctioneers compete against one another?
A. They sure do! The Livestock Marketing Association hosts an annual competition. Another competition is called the Mule Day Auctioneers Championship in Columbia, Tennessee. Livestock auctioneers typically use the rhythmic auction chant found in more rural settings.
Q. Is there such a thing as auctioneer school?
A. Yes. Take the Professional Ringmen’s Institute in Murfreesboro, TN.