Members of the Maine Auctioneers Association (MAA) toured the archives of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine on April 5, learning about the Museum’s acquisition programs and viewing the extensive collection of Maine maritime history not currently on display in the facilities public collection.
Curator Nathan Lipfert said that some of the Museum’s treasured artifacts do, indeed, come from auctions, and advised the auctioneers and appraisers what to look for in scouting items that might be of interest to the collection.
Before the tour, the group held its general membership meeting in the Museum’s Longreach Room, to keep members updated on the activities the MAA will pursue in the coming year. Among these are a public auction later this year that will raise scholarship funds for Maine students, and a joint convention with other New England states’ auctioneers associations. The group also prepared for National Auction Week activities commencing April 11 and ending in National Auctioneers Day, April 16.
The Maine Auctioneers Association represents auctioneers and auction professionals throughout the State of Maine. Its members adhere to a clear code of ethics, and meet in person and online to discuss and share emerging industry trends and practices.
Maine Auctioneers Association will host a general membership meeting on Tuesday, April 5, at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath. Nathan Lipfert, Senior Curator of the Museum’s collection, will offer members a private guided tour of the Museum’s undisplayed collections, and discuss the facility’s acquisitions program, including auctions. Weather permitting, a private guided tour of the Museum’s historic boatbuilding facility will also be available.
- 11:30 Social time
- 12:00 Brief meeting and lunch
- 1:15 tours
$10 will buy you a lobster roll lunch (or alternative for those who don’t eat lobster).
RSVP by March 15 please!
Directions: The Museum is located at 243 Washington St., Bath, ME 04530. From Route 1, turn south on Washington Street (under the bridge) and go 1.2 miles. For more details, see http://tinyurl.com/bathmuseum
Monét Brazier, a real estate auctioneer with the Maine Real Estate Network, has joined the MAA Board in the position of Treasurer. Monét is a graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering, Maine Maritime Academy and Hebron Academy. She also serves as the Assistant Harbor Master of Stockton Springs. Welcome, Monét!
Maine Auctioneers are invited to participate in the first annual MAA Smackdown, to be held Saturday, November 5 in Augusta. Here’s how it will work:
- Each auctioneer will bring up to ten (10) items, donated by the auctioneer or businesses in the auctioneer’s area, to sell at the Smackdown.
- Auctioneers will sell their items to a public audience, advertised by MAA.
- Auctioneers who commit to participation, and who submit photos of their items to the Auction Chair before the event, will be featured on the MAA website and in advertising.
- All proceeds from the auction will benefit post secondary scholarships in the State of Maine, available to any student in any field of study.
The Board will be looking at venues directly after its June 7 meeting in Augusta. We hope to make this an annual event, to show the enthusiastic participation of auctioneers in the education of our State’s youth.
The Board met on June 7 at the Senator Inn restaurant in Augusta. The Board discussed names, dates and formats for the Benefit Auction Smackdown.
The Board unanimously voted to accept the proposal from Wavebid/Auction Services to redesign the organization’s website for better functionality, and to host and maintain that site. The Board authorized Ruth Lind to e-sign an agreement with Wavebid to get the project going immediately.
Maine Auctioneers are invited to participate in an auctioneer smackdown, to be held later this year in central Maine. While the particulars remain under construction, the basic structure will be as follows:
- Each auctioneer will bring up to 10 items to donate to the auction, and will auction the items he or she brought.
- The MAA Board will advertise and promote the auction throughout the State.
- Proceeds from the auction will go to scholarships for Maine students.
In addition, if there is enough interest, a Maine Auctioneer Champion contest may also be held during the smackdown.
All members of the MAA are invited and encouraged to volunteer for the auction, not only as auctioneers. Specifically, we’ll be looking for help with venue selection, publicity, clerking, ringing and running, refreshments and scheduling. Contact Ruth Lind at Moxie Auctions, firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-751-1430 for more information.
At the April 5 meeting in Bath, Massachusetts Auctioneers Association Board member Sara Adams updated the group on plans for a regional convention to be held with auctioneers from the New England states and possibly New York state. As Adams pointed out, no one small state would have the resources to put on a top flight event, and not all local auctioneers are able to travel to a convention far from home.
A regional convention would include one or more national speakers, education programs from the National Auctioneers Association, and breakout sessions for auctioneers from each state.