Tuesday, September 5, 2017

In the Face of Disaster...the Livestock Booster Club of Aransas County BUCKS UP & Carries On!

It's moments like this that remind me of the POWER behind a team of people, with a specific goal....that go to work...backs against the walls or not. 
It is moments like this that remind me of WHY I'm SO passionate about the auction method of marketing...
When I sent a message to my friend Danielle in Rockport...I can tell you that the last thing I thought that conversation was going to turn into was something like this: "Hey! We've decided to continue with our Show Fund Fundraiser. We have a new venue, but we need help organizing our auction. Any help you can give us would be great." 
No joke...I had to sit there a minute to try and wrap my head around everything. I knew she had lost her home. I knew they were without water and electricity and ANY sense of normalcy. I also knew her & if she had her people behind her to press forward, it was go-time. 



I checked in with my crew. I checked in with my family. I checked in about the board meeting I planned on attending both Saturday and Sunday & worked it out. We are headed to Rockport THIS Friday to Prepare for THIS Saturday.
What this Livestock Booster Club decided to proceed with is no small undertaking, but it is one heck of an effort to begin THEIR "rebuild." Rebuilding their lives back to reality - post hurricane. Life goes on, no matter what. 
The Aransas County 4H Club has approximately 30 members. Some of those kiddos lost their projects & some did not. Based on my last conversation 100% of the members were displaced or suffered major damage to their homes. These kids had to come together, once the dust settled, to look for their projects, care for their projects, & help each other. When I asked my friend Krystal, who is also helping re-organize this event how the group seems to be holding up she referred to them as "a compound." They are just all coming together and working together. 


Rockport is best known for recreation & tourism & not so much agriculture. That simple fact already limits community support, especially in comparison to ag communities. This year they also have to contend with the hurricane and the aftermath that ensued. I talked to several of the parents & they are definitely in an overwhelming situation, but the general consensus is: "We have to get them in that show ring in January." This is important to them and we have to do what we can. 
Many of us have heard about the out pour of donations that have come into the coastal areas. For this group one of their biggest needs, is a place to store it. They've been blessed with people bringing grain and hay and other needed supplies. Now they need a place to store it. Anyone out there with contact for metal storage containers - they, amongst probably several others, could use them. They are also rebuilding and stabilizing livestock pens. There is still a need for pens and fencing supplies,
What these parents and members of the Livestock Booster Club of Aransas County are calling for now, is not donations for feed or hay or supplies, but for HELP breathing life back into this program in the face of an overwhelming catastrophe. This is the Booster Club's biggest fundraiser, raising money to directly support the 4H Clubs of Aransas County and purchase the 4Hers show projects. A handful of their auction items they still have, but most were washed away OR the business don't exist anymore. 
They are accepting approximately 30 donations for live auction items & another 20 or so for their silent auction, that will help generate funds from their closest supporters. If you are someone out there that is a creator & makes deer stands, hunting blinds, bbq pits, fire pits, picnic tables, beanbag boards or anything of the like - those items will fit this crowd. If you are a business that wishes  to contribute please consider donating an item or buying at the auction. If you can not be present, contact us or the information below & we would be happy to handle absentee bidding. 
I have heard of so many people wanting to know how they can still help those affected. HELP THEM REBUILD. Help them see how to come together and rally. Help them to show these kids HOW life goes on after a natural disaster. SHOW THEM we care about MORE than their immediate needs. We care about the hard work they've put in. We care about how this will effect their futures. We care about the lessons that will be taken away from this. 
As a crew, all of us at Buck Up Auctions want these people to have fun. We want to remind them, that they can smile....that they can competitively bid against each other for the sole purpose of helping the kids. That they have each other. They have a community bigger than the coastal bend that values all they stand for. 
I pull this all back to when a seed was planted in me - regarding the power of community and the power of an auction. It's when my family felt as if we were facing our own catastrophe. It was when my Dad had went into a diabetic coma, and as he came out of it, the doctors told us his liver was failing and soon after - learning he would need a liver transplant to live. All I remember is in that family meeting there was no sign of defeat. We weren't sure how to go about it, but we organized a fundraiser that developed into two more - because of THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY regarding auction donations and bidders, meal and dance ticket sales, silent auction items. Those auctions carried those events & contributed a TREMENDOUS deal to our goal - which was getting the funds for my Dad to get a liver. WE did it. My family could have NEVER accomplished it on our own & right now the Livestock Booster Club of Aransas County can't either. 
What happened to me through that experience will stay with me for the rest of my life. When people band together they LITERALLY breathe life back into others. There is no question, as these people look back in 6 months, a year, 5 years they will become OVERWHELMED with emotion not knowing how they did it. If you can & if you choose to, please CONSIDER being a part of their HOW. Everyone is aware that A LOT of people are hurting, but if you feel moved to help these 30 kids that have NEVER seen anything happen, like what happened to their community....that have put their heads down and cared for their projects...that have spent time helping each other - just to overcome the devastation....if you want to help these parents help their kids....BUCK UP & do it!
Talk to us about a buyers group. Talk to us about donating an item. Talk to us about absentee bidding. Talk to us about how to buy tickets! The Northshore Country Club in Portland has donated their facility, since the the original location was damaged by the hurricane. The venue is bigger and has room for an additional 200 people. Get away from the chaos & come enjoy a fajita dinner & dancing and music by Tom Saenz.
$50 per ticket. $100 per couple. For tickets you can contact Becky Mays at 361.205.5131. You can also email: lbcoac@gmail.com and follow for updates at Livestock Booster Club of Aransas County
My crew and I will be leaving Carmine Friday afternoon. If we need to take any items or donations with us we can. Email me at heather@buckupauctions.com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Flying With the Angels

We have the pleasure of liquidating the real and personal property assets of the Robert F. Barton estate.

I know I've said this before, but it never ceases to amaze me how incredibly interesting and different people are that were the estate holders of many of the auctions we conduct. The people I am highlighting today are Robert and Anita Barton of Schulenburg, TX.


Both Robert and Anita have passed away. We have been working closely with their daughters and have really enjoyed hearing stories about their parents. 

Many times, we will start setting up an auction & we are able to identify nuggets of passions and interests they had, which leads us to ask more. 

Here is a snapshot of these two wonderful people:

Robert and Anita were high school sweethearts, meeting in Pasadena, TX. THEY WERE MARRIED FOR 71 YEARS!!! According to the daughters, they loved each other SO very much. 

Their 50th Wedding Anniversary

I had asked for pictures and milestones of Robert and Anita's lives & there is so much meat to their lives. So much so, that I KNOW we will not capture all of the amazing experiences these two shared. Heck, we didn't even know that he played point guard on the Texas A&M basketball team until we found his jersey & asked whose it was!


From what I hear, Anita was completely enamored with Robert. Looking at what he experienced and accomplished in his life & his sense of adventure, I can see why. On that same note, meeting their daughters & looking at pictures of Anita, there is no doubt in my mind that she held a strength and.....meekness that I think is just very special. She was capable, smart, educated, and driven with her own interests, but seemed to also know that Robert was the perfect compliment for her and leaned into him. 



Robert served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy Flight Training Command in WWII, as an Armorer/Gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps, & as a Reservist in the U.S. Air Force. This is where Robert found his passion for planes and flying. He & Anita bought 13 classic airplanes, restored them together, and then sold them. Robert had a career in engineering. He attended Texas A&M University, joined the service after Pearl Harbor and returned to college afterwards, graduating from the University of Houston. It is reported that he was a HUGE Aggie supporter. 

Anita - lovingly nicknamed "Pug," by her father & "PJ" for Pug Johnson (her maiden name) by Robert, had a 36 year long career in education with the Pasadena ISD. She was a 3rd grade teacher and elementary school librarian. She graduated from Sam Houston State Teacher's College. 



I don't know that I can really find the words to explain the positive energy surrounding these people and this estate. It is like there is this sense of wild adventure, that is grounded in the stability of this incredible foundation of love. Like.....things don't really matter. It is the life that they brought to it that did & the new life that someone else will. Like there is this appreciation for someone that brings life to something. For example....it's not the jersey itself that matters. It is the person that wore it & the person or people that appreciate it. Their lives were incredibly full & their appreciation for people has completely bled into their daughters.


These blogs are humbling. We didn't have to know anything about these people, but this profession that God has led me to has taken me there & has shared His glory to everyone involved. It's mysterious. After writing this & learning more about them, I can only imagine the appreciation they would have for the, what some may call "unconventional," decisions their daughters made in settling the estate.  

Two online auctions for the personal property are open for bidding now. Two more will open on Thursday. You can find the auctions at this link or download the "Buck Up Auctions" app from your app store for free. Here is the link: https://buckupauctions.bidwrangler.com/





 





(Above is a sample of items in the two online personal property auctions currently open for bidding.)

The estate is accepting offers on the real estate as well. Here is a link to the listing, as well as a link to the Property Information Packet with lots of useful knowledge for any prospective buyer. Online bidding for the real estate will open on September 1st and will close at 5PM on September 5th. Once open, you will also be able to access, with this link: https://buckupauctions.bidwrangler.com/


You can call or text me, Heather Kaspar, at 979.421.0325 for more information or email me at heather@buckupauctions.com. 

Be sure to like our Buck Up Auctions & Buck Up Realty Facebook Pages for the latest updates!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Farmer & A Farmer's Wife

We have been contracted to liquidate the assets of the Arthur & Paula Jatzlau Estate. We are holding an ON-SITE auction THIS Saturday starting at 10AM.

We have: TRACTORS, IMPLEMENTS, ANTIQUE TRACTORS & TRUCKS, CHEVY PICK UP, PRIMITIVES & so much MORE!



When we set up our on-site auctions, we put the work in. We've been pulling out old wagons and trucks and tractors & doing what we do, to get everything set up.

As I watch the collection we are uncovering being lined up & set up there are a few things that are ever so clear to me about the couple that are the core of this estate.

They worked hard.
They loved hard.
They didn't have it easy. 
They taught their children the....mastery of farm machines.
They instilled a LOVE for vehicles & what made them work. 
They shared the nuggets of knowledge they had to make machines run & live off the land. 


Lifelong Ranchers & Farmers of Peanuts & Milo.

Estates can be tough. Everything we are pulling out had so much value to the people that once owned it & now we can place it into the hands of others who can and will appreciate them again. Some of these items are likely to be restored; some will be used to help restore an already started project; some will be loaded up & put to use, shortly after purchase; some are likely to be created into pieces of art & furniture & be given a new use; some will be purchased and put in a new home to be remembered & cherished because of memories they inspire; and some will find new homes to those that appreciate the time and/or way of life, in which people once lived. 


Although estates can be hard work, it is also special work. Everybody matters. Everything matters.

We look forward to seeing everyone that can make it out to the ON-SITE Auction, THIS SATURDAY! The flyer with details is below. Online bidding will not be an option because of our limited connection, but absentee bids are welcome. 



Buck Up & Bid! BId! BID! Take home a piece of a collection built and held together by a farmer and a farmer's wife. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Why the Apple icon?

The auction industry lost a tremendous ambassador several days ago. I had the pleasure of meeting Scott King & starting a friendship at CAI this year. CAI stands for Certified Auctioneer Institute which is advanced auction training & education. This past year was my Year 2 in this 3 year program. Scott was a past grad and instructor.

Our introduction was totally sporadic, which probably surprises no one that knew him. We were at Nick's (which is where most of the auctioneers attending CAI go to after class/events).

I was a few drinks in & had found myself chatting it up with a couple first year people - that looked....overwhelmed/unsure/not ready for this phenomenon called CAI. I was BLESSED, my first year, to have someone ENCOURAGE me to go talk to people and had gone out of their way to have a CAI crash course 101 to help me understand the value of what I signed up for & helped me to embrace it and not be so overwhelmed by it. I knew the thoughts that could be running around in their head SO, I was paying it forward.....I was finishing up a CAI pep talk when Scott turned around and asked me something....random. I totally don't remember what it was. I just remember that it led to a conversation about being friends on Facebook and being friends in real life. He was saying how people should make an effort to meet the people in real life that they are friends with on Facebook & have a REAL conversation with them. I was like....wait....we aren't friends on Facebook. He was like yes we are! Nope. I'm friends with Christie (his awesome sister), but this is the first time I've actually met you.

I pulled out my phone & I found him on Facebook & we became Facebook friends. Then he asked me about my story. Where I saw myself in this industry, how I got into it, asked about my business name & then he asked a question that made me....shift....& he saw it and told me I didn't have to answer. It caught me off guard....because....truthfully....no one was ever curious enough to ask it, nor was the answer to the question essential in day to day operations in my business. It was something that wasn't really important to my peers or my colleagues......but it was the heart of my business. I shifted because the question made me feel....vulnerable &&&& it reminded me of where I started, why I started....and it made me ever aware that I was right in the middle of what I had set out for, but..... had been working SO hard on, that I hadn't REALLY soaked in the distance I had traveled.

He told me regularly: "You're so serious." Guilty.

The question was about why I felt like I had to Buck Up? What was the big deal. He was drawing out my WHY....my REASON.....stripping it all the way back. LOL! I don't think the answer was what he may have expected, but it didn't take me long to realize that he digs conversation that matters. He could care less about the fluff & any form of being timid or politically correct. Once I INSISTED I wanted to answer....he would not accept the fluff. The skirting around the actual question....any trace of it. It was such a fun conversation....such a good one.

This year I was awarded a scholarship to attend the National Auctioneer Association Conference and Show. We are less than a week away & the person that I wanted to sit down with the most was Scott. I didn't realize how much I was looking forward to it until a friend sent me a text & I saw the posts on Facebook that he died. I am HONORED to have met him. I am...annoyed with myself that I didn't ask him all the stuff I wanted to & that we had opened conversation about. So....although it really sucks that he's gone, if I learn anything from him - it's to get to it. Don't mess around. Don't fluff or dodge or wait. Jam out to that song. Drink the beer. Dance the dance & LIVE the life that I was blessed with....all the way....and maybe...don't be so serious. :)


His question is essential to my CAI II assignment, which is...building my Business Plan. That one question he asked....that no one else had, the way he asked it... is my WHY, which can sometimes get clouded in the work and the getting there. He brought me back to it, he made me think about it & is helping me connect the dots. 

I truly believe that, although he isn't walking this earth with us anymore, he is still present and essential. I can only imagine the projects he's planning with our Maker. 

If you are wondering...."Why the Apple icon?" It's because he loved all things Apple. He loved technology. You may notice that many of my Auctioneer friends across the country have changed their profile pic. This is why. In Scott's honor, in his memory. 

Value people. Value THEIR story. Help people. Embrace who you are and what makes you, you. It's important. Educate yourself. Just a few nuggets of encouragement & wisdom from Mr. Scott King. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

WHY should you come to Zapp Hall on Saturday?

I have a lot to say & well...I didn't intend for it to get pulled out of me way that it is. It's private & special and WORTH sharing, so here goes!

3 Years ago I had an idea....& yes....it was "weird" and random & complicated. It was the Spring Antique Show of 2014. For those of you not familiar with the Round Top - Warrenton Antiques Festival here in Texas, it is an incredible BI-ANNUAL, 2 week long (and growing) extravaganza of ANTIQUES, & DesiGners, Artisans, Artists, Collectors, & TREASURE Hunters. There are fields FOR MILES full of tents of these vendors, halls piled FULL, venues & facilites just FULL of ANYTHING & EVERYTHING anyone could want. People come from ALL OVER the world! I had to paint the picture. My heart tends to lead me to the dusty fields.

So... 3 years ago in April of 2014, I was feeling my way through the auction industry & trying to find my place. I am all about guerilla marketing & it was eating me up that I had not thought of a way to share the AUCTION AWESOMENESS with ANYONE who might listen to me there. I mean....THOUSANDS of people. I had an antique consignment auction there a year earlier, which was pretty successful for my FIRST auction on my own, but I realized quickly that I was competing with the show itself for the crowd of people that I wanted to reach. I didn't want to do that again. People come there to SHOP, to spend time with each other, to share in their common love for Antiques...JuNk,...clothes....whatever suits their fancy. I didn't really want to mess with that. I wanted to be a part of it &&&&& promote what I LOVE.

SO....dun...dun...dun.... My idea was to spend an ENTIRE week of the show, traveling from field to field - asking the vendors if they wanted to donate an item where the funds would go to a charity of their choice, and allow me to have an auction....right there at their tent....and grab the attention of anyone that was around. I had reached out to a list of non-profits for them to choose from, created these handy-dandy agreements & my pal Christie & I set out to conquer the fields of Warrenton....one tent at a time. Let's just say.....more vendors than not.....didn't think it was as cool of an idea as we did. We got A BUNCH of NOs....BUT we talked A LOT about auctions.

Christie & I setting up at Chelsea's Meadow in Round Top. She'll be with me at Zapp tomorrow!

We finish up the evening, go eat in Round Top & just sit & recap. We had gotten the name of WHO we needed to talk to at Zapp Hall, but decided we needed to meet the next day. We were beat up. I don't even know how it happened, but somehow my other friend Cathy felt compelled to introduce me to Larry & Jennifer Clack from the Chelsea's Meadow field in Round Top. He asked me my idea & I remember being so.....apprehensive in sharing & HE. LOVED. IT. First breath of life with this idea. They asked us to come by the field the next day after I met with Zapp.

Next morning...I head over to Zapp Hall to meet with Bobby Boyd & Cheryl - the owner of Zapp. I sit down. Tell him my idea & he said. We have a vendor that was supposed to be here. She's been diagnosed with cancer & she couldn't make it. I KNOW I can get all our vendors on board, if the funds we raised went to her. There was a medical fund that was set up for her, so our next plan was to figure out how to make that work, adjusted the plan, & went to work marketing.



I head over to Chelsea's Meadow in the afternoon. I sit down with Jennifer, share my FULL idea with her, the progress that was made that day & she opens up about her friend (in her 30s, 4 children, a husband who had just been laid off, in late stage cancer.) By the end of that conversation, we were having two auctions, & helping two groups of people HELP their people.

So what is all this about right? Why is this such a big deal? When I had the "Wandering Auctioneer" idea....my intent was to spread the POWER of auctions & how they bring people together. It was not to make money....at all. Why would someone spend so much time doing this IF they weren't getting paid? So here is the personal part....
Yes...that is a little red wagon, with a PA System & those AWESOME flyers.

A little more than 11 years ago, my Dad had went into a diabetic coma. His organs had started to fail & they were able to bring everything back except his liver. If he was going to live he HAD to have a transplant. That. Was. A. Fact. I remember having a family meeting. It was me & my two siblings, Mom, Dad & Uncle Melvin - who is a cattle auctioneer. They gave us the low down. They shared the RIDICULOUS amount of money we needed to raise & I just remember my sister and I going from panic & uneasiness to problem-solving mode. We immediately started talking about fundraisers & we immediately started pounding Uncle Melvin with questions. He has called HUNDREDS of church feasts & picnics & fireman's feasts & to put it plainly....we just figured it out. We had no REAL idea of the work that went into these events. We just knew we had to do it. Let me tell you....you learn REAL QUICK you can't do it all on your own.

That's my Pops...helping me make our hand-glued hand fans for the escapades of the "Wandering Auctioneer."

I. WILL. NEVER. FORGET. How our community & family & friends rallied around us. One of my Dad's old friends had called me, asked me what was going on & I shared it all. I literally thought she was calling just because she wanted to know. She was an editor for a Tri-County Newspaper & that next Thursday there was a FRONT-PAGE article about the benefit for my Dad. We had SO many items come in for the auction that we had to plan more fundraisers, with more auctions to sell it all. We had 3. A dinner, dance & auction in our hometown - a Team Penning Benefit with Live & Silent Auctions & Live Music - & a Ranch Sorting Benefit in Ledbetter with a Live Auction. Between the 3 we had raised somewhere around $90,000 - which was still not enough, but with the sale of some land to my AMAZING Uncles....We.Got.It.Done.

When the dust settled & you looked at the numbers.... The numbers from plate sales, the numbers from dance sales & the numbers from the auctions....the auctions OVERWHELMINGLY got us where we needed to get. TRUTH.....An auction seed was planted in me that day that would start blooming 3 years later...down to the month. I got my auction license in the mail in November 2011. We were fundraising in November 2008.

Here's the thing though....all of that is GREAT & important, but as a young person, I could not understand the WHY. WHY did these people come out of the woodwork with these items? Why did the bidders CHOOSE to spend their money this way? WHY did some of them show up at each one? Why? Why? WHY? & HOW could we EVER possibly thank them all. Here is my conclusion: They weren't looking for anything. They CHOSE to freely give. They gave because it mattered. They gave because they cared. They gave because they could. They gave because something resonated with them in such a way that it compelled them. It's one of those things where a "Thank You" in the Newspaper & on a thank you card couldn't even begin to do it justice. It was bigger than any one of us. It was bigger than the situation. It was BIG & the Auction Method & the Auctioneer made it happen. From that day forward I couldn't help but see both as PROBLEM - SOLVERS.

This is me calling my second auction. Uncle Melvin (Our life-long Problem-Solver)
catching bids for me at the Carmine Volunteer Fire Department.
 (My Uncle Fritz is in the plaid shirt behind us.)

I've had my license since 2011 & I have been HELPING PEOPLE SOLVE PROBLEMS ever since & I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. It IS the greatest business in the world. I went from not knowing my place to helping clients solve: Real Estate Problems, Fundraising Problems, Liquidation Problems, Estate Problems, Surplus Problems....

SO...when Bobby Boyd sent me a message in March, asking if I'd be able to help them raise money for 2 members of their Zapp Hall Family... I figured out how to make it work. In November...The Tedders of J.Tedder Design were in a MAJOR car accident. They have two children. Jason has not been able to fully go back to work & Jessica has, just recently. Two years ago...The Tedders not only donated items, but bought items to show their support.



J. Tedder Design Original Piece

J. Tedder Design Original Piece
J. Tedder Design Original Piece

J. Tedder Design Original Piece

J. Tedder Design Original Piece
EVERYTHING YOU DO MATTERS. Breathe life into someone. I mean...I would not be where I am today if someone didn't positively see purpose in my thoughts...in my life...in the life of my Dad. PEOPLE MATTER. You LITERALLY can always make more money, but an OPPORTUNITY to breathe life into someone is truly a gift.

We will be running two heats :). First auction starts at 12:30 - second one at 2PM. We will be RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ZAPP FIELD. Look for PURPLE signs.



Buck Up Baby & BE THERE! :)

P.S. HAPPY NEWS: My Pops is still kickin' & has gotten to see all THREE of his grandbabies, of which he ABSOLUTELY ADORES. Both ladies that we raised money for in 2014 won their cancer battle!

H.Kaspar
TXL 17037
www.buckupauctions.com