Bargain Hunt (Camera Club style)!

The evening of Monday 20th April saw the club have another very successful auction night and there was a good attendance to see what bargains were on offer this year. Peter Wells was our auctioneer this evening and he had a very eclectic mix of lots to sell. There was a throng of members poring over the lots before the auction began in earnest and what a selection there was – everything from cameras (digital and film) to statues (yes that’s right, statues!), tripods to lupins, scanners to handbags, lovely lenses to Wellington boots. And all this was in the “donated” section where all the proceeds went to the club funds. Peter worked very hard selling the lots and bidding at times was quite competitive, particularly for photography books so we expect to see an improvement in quality in the competition submissions in the future. There was lots of fun to be had with the various items with some suggestions being made as to who may “benefit” from possessing the items.

After a break Peter embarked on the more significant items. These items were brought to be sold “on commission ” so there was some quality gear available. At least 3 very nice immaculate camera backpacks, each well over £100 when new found new homes for a good price. Lenses for Nikon and Canon systems were on offer together with carbon fibre tripods and Manfrotto tripod heads. The atmosphere and bidding was a little more serious and a few people picked up considerable bargains.

Many thanks must go to Peter Wells for his sterling efforts to get the best price for every item on sale – it is very hard work being the auctioneer for the whole evening but he carried it off with aplomb. To all those of you who bought things, I hope you didn’t get into too much trouble when you got home and didn’t ask yourself “Why did I buy this?”.

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