When you go to an auction, you may be tempted to turn it into a big social event, with family and friends coming along for the ride. It's true that there are times when it's nice to have some company -- during downtime, or after you lose an auction you were really hoping to win. However, there are advantages to flying solo at auctions and keeping your own company instead of bringing anyone else along. Here's the case for attending auctions on your own.
Others can be a distraction at important moments. If you're sitting there waiting for your cue to bid, it can be a simple matter for someone who has accompanied you to ask you a question at the wrong instance and distract you from putting in your name. Or if you're listening to an auctioneer or owner give his or her spiel about an item, you could miss some key information when your guest starts asking you questions.
Younger people are a responsibility and you may feel torn in two directions. Bringing children along to an auction can be educational for them, but it might be best to leave them at home. Having to be responsible for the whereabouts and well-being of a youngster may leave you feeling like you have two major responsibilities and no way to fulfill them both. If your goal is to have a successful auction, children may not be the best bidding companions.
You'll have to make spending decisions without outside influence. While this might be dangerous if you're not very good with money and budgeting, it can be very advantageous if you are. Someone else might have their own set of reasons why you should purchase an item, and unless those are valid in your book as well, their pushing may become peer pressure and you could spend a lot more money than you meant to thanks to their influence.
You can wander at will. If you don't have anyone to keep you tied down to one spot or be your responsibility to watch out for them, you can get up out of your seat between bidding sessions and wander around looking at the other items without fretting about whether or not your friend or family member is bored. You may end up finding an item you wouldn't have otherwise noticed if you were restricted to your chair!
Auctions, flea markets, and garage sales, oh my! Come on down the yellow brick road and stop by for a visit.