Charlotte Auction House Announces New Liquidations and Online Bidding as Economic Trend Leads to Rise in Auctioning

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Planet Fashion TV Takes a Look at How a Small Town Auction House Reflects State of the Economy. One in Particular, the Charlotte Auction House is Now Rapidly Expanding to Meet The Growing Needs of Buyers and Sellers.

Auctioneer Charles Todd Hughes with gavel in hand.

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Due to the undulating economy a trend is on the rise. Auction Houses are soaring in popularity, as revenue is made through consignments and liquidations. According to Benjamin Franklin there is nothing in this world that is certain except for death and taxes, and what does happen when relatives pass away leaving behind a slew of mourning loved ones as well as their home, filled with decades of acquired goods? This is never easy, but there are ways to ensure that things are done “properly, and with care,” says an empathetic Charles Todd Hughes, owner of Charlotte Auction House in Charlotte County Florida.

The Charlotte Auction House is one of the most noteworthy auction houses in America. They go around the country gathering consignments of everything from jewelry, furniture, equipment, guns, ammunition and vehicles. It is a great resource for people who otherwise would not know how or where to sell off these items at a good a price. Charlotte Auction goes further though because they also handle the sale of goods from estate sales, government seizures of properties, and bank foreclosures; another sign of the times.

As for the liquidation of estates after a death, Hughes says the Auction House can be invaluable. “I have dealt with several families who come in from the North and are only here in Florida for a few days. Most of them are far too overwhelmed to take this on all by themselves.” Todd, his partner Rosita Estrella, and other employees are willing to come to the home, carefully sort through all the belongings, appraise the items as well as the estate, and quote a price. If the estate is big enough, they hold the auction right there. They also utilize varying marketing tools to ensure their customers are getting the biggest bang for their buck. If the Charlotte Auction House believes they can get a better price outside the auction,that is exactly what is done.

For many years Rosita worked for U.S. Customs and the U.S. Treasury Department dealing mainly with seizure and general order merchandise auctions. If you were interested in buying a Lamborghini used by one of the Cocaine Cowboys or a gorgeous cartel yacht, she was your girl.

Now Todd and Rosita have teamed up to create the Charlotte Auction House. Over the past few years reality television shows such as Pawn Stars and Storage Wars have sky rocketed in popularity. The cause for the growth in such shows is simple, people need money now, and perhaps more then ever—The coin collection you never look at, a Tiffany lamp that is taking up space in your grandmother’s attic, a nice painting of a snowy meadow, or an AR-15 assault rifle. If today’s economic downturn is affecting you, then a possible conclusion might be to sell things that don’t really matter to make room for things that do. Todd and Rosy are using all the latest technological trends to ensure that their weekly Saturday auctions run smoothly and effectively. If you can’t make it to the auction you can set up a bid online and cap it at what you are willing to pay. “By March,” Todd says. “You will be able to make minute to minute bids from the comfort of your own home.” The only thing that will be missing is Todd speaking in rapid tongues about products and prices, and the ball busting demeanor of the ten or so men and women that work the auction every week.

-Brett Miller

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