Going, going, gone at auction

Over the years the Burnett family of auctioneers has been collecting treasures from all over the world.

Well-known in the world of auctioneering

Well-known in the world of auctioneering

Over the years the Burnett family of auctioneers has been collecting treasures from all over the world.

Some have been found on their travels, others were picked up at auctions – all have ended up in the same place, tucked here and there throughout their house.

Now the Burnetts have decided it is time to downsize, and maybe make room for a few new treasures.

As a result, Carlin Hall auctioneers have dedicated an entire auction to their own personal collection at Carlin Hall on Sunday, April 14.

Some of the items are indeed antiques, but there will also be household goods ranging from coffee pots, to carpets, to furniture, Zeta Burnett says. There will be bikes, copper and garden decorations, as well as boats and a little bit of everything else.

Burnett says the family has been in the auction business for more than 40 years, selling everything from cattle, toys to cars and antiques.

“It has gotten to be more than a hobby now, it is a lifestyle,” she says, admitting that while they are actively trying to reduce their own collection, they keep coming home with more and more.

The family prides itself on their relaxed, family-friendly auction events, where people are encouraged to attend just for enjoyment.

However, she warns, it is those who do not plan to buy that usually do. Auctions are very much about impulse buying, she says. Even if you don’t plan on it, you often end up packing something home.

“We are not really seeking profits and we do not charge a buyer’s fee,” says Zeta. “So you are able to have fun with the audience, the buyers and each other.”

All of their Carlin Hall auctions are put on by family, which is part of the reason they understand the importance of making the event a family affair. Both her husband and her son are well-known auctioneers and will be involved with the upcoming sale.

Her son Rod is considered to be among the world’s most talented auctioneers and has claimed provincial, Canadian and world champion auctioneer titles.

The hall will be open the day before the auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to offer potential bidders an early peek at what is to be sold.

Auction begins at noon Sunday, April 14.  Admission is free and those who work up an appetite can dine on homemade goodies.

For more information, call 250-835-2126, or email at carlinhallauctions@yahoo.com. Or visit the website, at http://carlinhallauctions.com/.