Billy Leroy's Auction Tips

Billy Leroy has his own style at auction. Use his tips to wheel and deal your way into the best auction and antique steals.
Related To:

Billy has his own style at auction. Use his tips to wheel and deal your way into the best auction and antique steals.

At Auction
1. Make sure you sit in the back so you can see who is bidding. Unfortunately I sit in the front so our camera crew can get good, clean shots, but in reality I always go in the back.

2. Make sure you get the auctioneer’s attention; Laurence has that down pat. He dresses like a clown. If you’re not into dressing like a carnival attraction, you can wear a red hat or something that catches the eye.

3. Don't be shy if you’re bidding; the auctioneer is fast and it's alright to ask for verification of the bid. I do it all the time to break up the momentum of the auctioneer.

4. If you have competition in the room, make them pay!

5. Finally, if you love collecting and dealing stuff, the most important thing is to buy what you love and don't buy something that Joe Blow says to buy -- you will always lose!  

In the Thrift Store
1. Go to thrift stores in affluent areas -- the rich give away a lot of stuff to thrift stores.

2. Search stores thoroughly and get to know the people who run them.

3. Go with your gut -- I have for 30 years!

Keep Reading

Next Up

Billy's 3 Most Prized Auction Items

What does Billy treasure most? These his favorite auction purchases.

Mark Meyer's Auction Tips

Mark Meyer has a way of hustling his way into big-ticket finds. Get auction and thrifty shopping tips from a pro.

Laurence and Sally Martin's Auction Tips

Laurence and Sally know how to stand out in a crowd at auction. Get their tips on how to make your mark and win big at auction, along with shrewd thrift store shopping advice.

Mark's 3 Most Prized Auction Items

Mark Meyer shares his most memorable auction buys--sold and unsold.

Laurence and Sally's 3 Most Prized Auction Items

Laurence and Sally Martin recount their best auction buys.

Ready, Set, Bid: Government and Online Auctions

Check out these online auction websites.

Meet the Auction Specialists

Get to know the Baggage Battles auction specialists.

What's It Worth?

How much do you think this item is worth: $50 … $100 … maybe $1,000?

What's It Worth: Blow Up

On the Golden Ticket episode, Laurence and Sally Martin won what appeared to be a rare Pepsi billboard ad. But what's the cost? Did they empty out their pocket for this "rare" piece?

What's It Worth: Guns-A-Blazin

Laurence and Sally Martin get lucky with this rare Barnum & Bailey poster. How much do you think it sold for? Tell us in the comments below!

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.