Allora auction kicks off Monday
FOR more than 30 years Barry Geitz has wielded the hammer and sold practically everything under the sun.
The Allora-based auctioneer has had quite a career throughout the Allora Community Auction’s 34-year history.
“It started as a white elephant auction and grew from very humble beginnings,” Mr Geitz said.
“I started auctioneering in livestock and worked as a stock salesman with a company called McTaggart’s for seven years.”
Fast talking is not the only requisite for an auctioneer.
“You have to be sharp, witty and a good showman that works the audience.”
Allora-born Mr Geitz has been involved with all auctions bar one when his granddaughter was born.
“I am virtually semi-retired and my main interest is farming but I’ve renewed my auctioneer’s licence this year and I’m still involved,” he said.
Mr Geitz calls it a “lucky dip” and if you name an item, he has probably seen it go to auction.
“There is everything there from collectables, antiques to gardening equipment – it’s a wonderful community effort.”
He said there were humorous items which appeared from year to year, such as wooden legs.
“Funny things come up and we have had a few old-fashioned pedal cars that are still a collectable item,” Mr Geitz said.
The Allora Show Society has hosted the auction for the past three years following the demise of the Allora Apex Club. The society took over because it did not want to see the event disappear.
“Apex started the auction in 1976 as a strong club in the early days; I was there when we started off,” Mr Geitz said.
He estimated a nett profit of $18,000 to $20,000 between the society and food stalls this year.
Show society president Shirley Cornhill said there was much in store for this weekend’s auction.
“There are three gangs of auctioneers, about 11 in total, who take turns at selling throughout the day,” Mrs Cornhill said.
Items up for auction include bric-a-brac, furniture, antiques, homewares and machinery, but no livestock will go under the hammer.
“It is a great day out to meet your friends. You can buy anything from false teeth to a wooden leg,” Mrs Cornhill said.
The 2010 Allora Community Auction kicks off 8am Monday at the Allora Showgrounds, but bidders are free to preview items tomorrow.