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PAULA I. BRYANT: Winning big

If you happen to see local auctioneer Jimmy Glasscock and realtor Sammy Watts anytime soon, don’t be surprised if their heads may have swelled a bit.

You see, they’re famous now.

Both J. W. Shelton Auction & Realty employees recently were featured in photographs published with an article entitled “Keys To Winning Big At Country Auctions” in the Summer 2014 edition of the “The New Pioneer” magazine.

The photographs were taken at an Amish consignment auction in Nathalie and at a Dean Duffie’s consignment sale at Crossroads Donkey Farm in Halifax County.

Donning his auctioneer’s straw-brimmed hat and a pair of bibbed overalls, Jimmy stands higher than the crowd and can be seen using his hands to signal to the highest bidders at the Amish sale.

In another photo, Sammy auctions off a pony-drawn cart at the Amish sale.

The article, a “quick primer on auction rules” that everyone should know before heading out to that Saturday morning auction and consignment sale in the country, offers the following tips to eager auction goers.

Rule #1: Preview before bidding.

“Nothing can spoil an auction more quickly than a bunch of newbie’s bidding either too quickly or too high,” reads the article by Stuart Brannan.

Rule #2: Register.

“Murphy’s Law of Registration is that if you don’t register, something you suddenly just have to have will be the first up and gone before you do so.”

And Rule #3, Beware of dealers.

“Bidding against a dealer, if you can spot him, is a good deal. You can rely on his or her expertise as to value, condition and quality, but he will usually only bid to approximately 50 percent of retail.”

So next time you’re browsing the magazine stand rack, check out a copy of “The New Pioneer” and witness for yourself Halifax County’s famous auctioneer and realtor pair in action.