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Thomas Hayward Auctioneers Auction off Remains of Sienna Hotel to Make Way for New Renaissance Hotel – Part II

Posted December 18th, 2015 in News by Valerie

If you read last month’s blog you know celebrity auctioneer Thomas Hayward was retained to auction off the furnishings of the Siena Hotel, located in Reno, NV, in a four part series spanning from November and into December. The hotel is undergoing a complete renovation into a Renaissance Hotel, so everything needed to go! Read about the first two auction series in November’s blog.

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For nearly two months the auction received press coverage and viral awareness online due to the vast array of items up for bid. “We have to sell every single item that’s in the warehouse and leave the room swept. That means no reserve, everything has to go. Then once that warehouse is empty, we’ll start selling goods that are physically here on the property at the hotel,” said Thomas Hayward.
At the first two auctions you could find everything from espresso machines to coffee and end tables, to new carpeting and decorations. In the third and fourth installments you could bid on lamps, ceramic, stone and glass tiles, ballroom chairs, nightclub seating, file cabinets and Christmas decorations, including pre-lit trees.

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Although many residents and bidders were sad to see the Siena Hotel Spa Casino closing another chapter in Reno, they were happy and anxious to bid on and take home a small part of town history.

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Thomas Hayward Auctioneers Auction off Remains of Sienna Hotel to Make Way for New Renaissance Hotel

Posted November 30th, 2015 in Thomas Hayward, News by Valerie

Thomas Hayward, celebrity auctioneer, was retained to auction off the furnishings of the Siena Hotel in Reno, NV as it undergoes a complete renovation into a Renaissance Hotel. Out with the old Italian theme of the Siena, and in with the aggressive-contemporary theme of the Renaissance Hotels. Hayward is often asked to be the auctioneer for high profile auctions, such as this, due to his status as Key Auctioneer on “Auction Hunters”.

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The auction received press coverage and viral awareness online for its wide variety of items up for bid. A 13,000 square foot warehouse was full of the hotel’s excess furnishings and equipment! All items were up for auction to make way for modern furnishings for the new establishment. This auction was a great opportunity to buy items for pennies on the dollar!

Hayward stated, “If you needed furniture, dishware or crown molding for you house, this was your opportunity to get it instead of paying full retail.” This auction included items such as espresso machines, coffee and end tables, commercial stoves, glassware, plants, vases, dishware, chairs, booths, and barstools. Other items for auction were rolls of new carpeting, decorations, artwork, patio furniture and even a baby grand piano. Everything you could find in a hotel was up for sale!

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You still have one more chance to bid on the hotel’s furnishings as the third and final series in the Siena Hotel auction will take place on December 5, 2015 in Reno, NV. Visit Thomas Hayward Auctioneers to find out more details on this final Siena auction!

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Thomas Hayward Travels the Country for Auctioneering

Posted September 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized by Valerie

Thomas Hayward, celebrity auctioneer, has been traveling more than ever for auctions. From storage auctions to charity and fundraising auctions in the past months Hayward has traveled clear across the country from Wyoming to Florida! Hayward has truly found a career that has fulfilled his life, mixing his passion for auctioneering with his love for traveling, exploring and trying new things!

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Auctioneering across the country has given Hayward the opportunity to meet new people, expand his knowledge and grow even more as a professional auctioneer. Thomas Hayward is a strong believer in being passionate and pursuing a career that you can truly enjoy. It is very evident that Hayward takes his own advice. To view his upcoming auctions, please visit his auctioneer calendar on the website. It is very likely that Hayward may pass through your state, so keep an eye out!

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Thomas Hayward Renews Commonwealth of Virginia Auction License

Posted June 29th, 2015 in Thomas Hayward by Valerie

The celebrity auctioneer Thomas Hayward has renewed his auction license for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Hayward has over 25 years of auction experience, has a national reputation in storage lien auctions and is regularly featured on the Spike TV show Auction Hunters. This auction license for Virginia allows him extend his auction travels further.

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An auction license through the Commonwealth of Virginia has to be renewed every two years to remain active. It also requires six hours of continuing education requirements every two year period. To receive an initial license through Virginia, an auctioneer must go through 80 hours of education from a Virginia certified auctioneer’s school and a fully notarized and executed license by examination application after passing the Virginia State Auctioneer’s Examination.

Hayward has many moving and storage industry clients as well as banking and Fortune 500 clients. To view his upcoming auction appearances, please visit his auctioneer calendar on the website. Stay tuned to see some Virginia auctions added to the calendar!

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Tips for Organizing a Fun and Successful Charity Auction

Posted June 1st, 2015 in Auction Tips by Valerie

Charity auctions are one of the most fun ways to raise money for your charity. A well-planned charity auction can encourage more people to attend that would not have otherwise and can spur greater donations. It can be difficult to know where to start, so here are some tips for organizing a fun and successful charity auction.

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Create a Committee and Find Items for Auction

The first step is to create an auction committee, ideally comprised of at least 10 people, who will help put together all of the elements of the auction. The most important task the committee will perform is finding and deciding on which items will be up for auction. It is a good idea to set a theme for the charity auction and frame items around it. Try to make the items unique so people are more motivated to bid for them.

Venue, Layout and Entertainment

These three components are important to make the charity auction memorable. You want to choose an enticing location that accommodates the attendees. Some venues will provide rental discounts to charities. Once you have the venue, plan the layout of the auction event so people can easily browse items, grab food or drinks, visit with other tables and be part of the live auction no matter where they are. It’s also a good idea to choose entertainment outside of food and the live auction to keep spirits high and people entertained.

Hold a Silent Auction and a Live Auction

Some charities prefer one or the other, but to increase donations it is a good to offer two types of auctions – silent and live. A silent auction should be comprised of smaller items that people feel comfortable bidding on. The live auction should be big ticket, appealing packages that a live auctioneer can really amp up excitement on.

Spread the Word

Create an event marketing plan with your committee to spread the word about the charity auction. The members of the committee can help with word of mouth marketing, especially if they are influential. Have everyone call their contacts to see if they can come or help out with telling people about the auction. You can also seek out a marketing firm who specializes in nonprofit marketing to get the word out. The more people who know about the auction, the better chance you have at raising more money for the charity.

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Thomas Hayward Will Be Auctioneer at UC Davis Bike Auction

Posted April 27th, 2015 in Thomas Hayward by Valerie

Celebrity auctioneer Thomas Hayward will be the auctioneer at the upcoming UC Davis Bike Auction on Saturday, May 2. The bike auction occurs twice a year with the sponsorship of the University of California, Davis Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS).

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Thomas Hayward acts as the auctioneer for the bi-annual event which has become a campus tradition for UC Davis. Hayward said, “At UC Davis, you can expect to see more bicycles than automobiles, with 15,000 to 20,000 bicycles on campus each day.”

There are over 400 bikes available for auction at the UC Davis Pavillion Parking Structure. The bikes are abandoned or unclaimed bicycles left around campus in a variety of conditions. For this auction, there are cruisers, mountain bikes, road bikes, BMX and even a few kids’ bikes.

The bike auction not only clears out TAPS’ unclaimed bike storage, but also gives college students an opportunity to buy campus transportation cheap. Most of the bikes’ sold prices rest in the $20-$100 range.

The viewing begins at 8 a.m. and runs until the start of the auction at 9 a.m. The auction lasts until all bikes are sold. The forms of payment accepted include cash, check, Visa or Mastercard. Proper I.D. is required for all payments except cash.

For more information about the event, call 530-752-BIKE or visit the TAPS website. To learn more about the October event where Thomas Hayward acted as auctioneer, read this post from Davis Life Magazine.

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Thomas Hayward Earns Auction License for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Posted March 23rd, 2015 in Thomas Hayward by Valerie

Thomas Hayward, nationally known celebrity auctioneer, has earned his auction license for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Hayward has a national reputation in many different auction types and this license allows him to expand his auction travels further.

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To receive an auctioneer license from the state of Massachusetts, Hayward had to submit a thorough application along with a bond form, a copy of his certificate from a Massachusetts-recognized auctioneer school and an application fee. Additionally, Hayward had to be familiar with the nuances of Massachusetts auctioneer laws.

Hayward is known as the market leader storage lien auctions, but has a great deal of experience in a variety of auction types and settings. Hayward is also regularly featured on the Spike TV show Auction Hunters viewed by millions. He is looking forward to returning to Massachusetts with his new license to perform auction duties for the state.

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Thomas Hayward Featured as Guest Speaker At California Moving & Storage Association’s San Joaquin Valley Chapter

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in Auction News by Valerie

Thomas Hayward, one of the nation’s leading expert on Moving and Storage, was a featured guest speaker for the California Moving & Storage Association’s San Joaquin Valley Chapter. The February 19, 2015 presentation included information about enforcing a warehouse’s lien and a variety of other subtopics.

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With over 25 years experience in the industry, Hayward’s expertise ranges from all things legal of the warehouseman’s lien process to procedures which ensure litigation prevention-including how to maintain a commercially reasonable auction sale which complies with state and federal UCC codes.

According to Hayward, all parties involved can feel confident that all proper procedures will be followed, all auction details will be handled appropriately, and you will obtain the maximum value from each auction item, while avoiding potential legal problems. Hayward believes in taking care of your customers — and that means taking care of your bidders, too.

 

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The Top 20 Cities for Self-Storage Auctions

Posted January 26th, 2015 in Self-Storage Auctions by Valerie

A survey by SpareFoot Blog has identified the top 20 cities for live self-storage auctions. The study compiles data from both the U.S. Census Bureau and the Storage Unit Auction List. Topping the list is Marietta, Ga., a city about 20 miles outside of Atlanta. Contenders for the list must have a population of at least 50,000 and a high number of self-storage auctions per capita.

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A high-density population and large number of storage businesses in Marietta, Ga. lead to an increased demand for available units. All in all, Marietta had 346 self-storage auctions in 2013 – equating to 0.00593 per resident. A new Georgia law that allows storage operators to send auction notifications via email has also increased awareness and demand for available containers. According to Anne Ballard, president of the Georgia Self Storage Association, “the new process has cut operating costs and made it much easier to have lien sales. And when it’s not so cumbersome, you can have more of them in a shorter period of time.”

 

The state of Florida also boasts a high number of self-storage auctions – dominating the list with 12 cities represented. In Florida, the lien process can begin just 30 days after rent is past due – expediting the auction process tremendously. Many other states will give tenants 60 days notice. The hot and humid climate may also play a major factor in Florida’s high number of self-storage auctions. Basement and attic storage are out of the question because of high sea levels and humidity – again resulting in an increase in demand.

 

The top 20 cities, ranked, are:

  1. Marietta, Ga.
  2. Pensacola, Fla.
  3. Ocala, Fla.
  4. Sarasota, Fla.
  5. Fort Myers, Fla.
  6. Bradenton, Fla.
  7. Orlando, Fla.
  8. Spring, Texas
  9. West Palm Beach, Fla.
  10. Columbia, S.C.
  11. Smyrna, Ga.
  12. Pompano Beach, Fla.
  13. Las Vegas
  14. Daytona Beach, Fla.
  15. Lakeland, Fla.
  16. Miami
  17. Frederick, Md.
  18. Kissimmee, Fla.
  19. Greenville, S.C.
  20. Gardena, Calif.


Read more on the SpareFoot Blog.

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Storage Auction Items Remain Mysterious

Posted December 31st, 2014 in Self-Storage Auctions by Valerie

The popularity of television shows like Storage Wars and Auction Hunters, the latter in which Thomas Hayward can often be seen directing the proceedings, have increased the attendance at events like this December 10 auction at PODS in Norwood, Mass. But, an increase in attendance does not always translate into better sales.

According to a recent article on Wicked Local Norwood that featured Thomas Hayward and storage auctions, many of the storage units are simply repossessed from peoples homes and are not opened until the day of the auction, resulting in either a heck of a deal or a big bust. After all, the top seller of the PODS auction was a unit purchased for only $100.

Hayward added, “Some days, there are hundreds of people and everyone is bidding, other times, only two people show up…and they can get a screaming deal.”

Additionally, according to the article, Ted Mihos attended the auction and recommended carrying both cash and a flashlight because you never know what you could find inside the storage unit. Mihos also suggested Googling the previous owners of the units to get an idea of what could be inside.

Ultimately, storage auctions are a gamble. The purpose is to help the previous owners pay off their debt and although the actual auctions are not exactly what you might watch on TV, some interesting items can be found.

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