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4ACHIEVEMENT14buteventuallythegrindofdrivingintoChicagoeverydaytodoshowswithOrionwhilealsorunninghisownauctionbusinessallwithayoungfamilybecametoomuchforJohn.Hehadtochoosebetweencareersandhechosetheonehelovedauctioneering.StevewasquicktofollowinhisfathersfootstepshelpingoutwithsmalltasksasayoungchildbeforeattendingReppertsin1978.BothfatherandsonhavealsotaughtatReppertswhichhasbeeninexistencesince1921.JohnAlmburgpassedawayin2008aftersufferingaheartattackwhileteaching.AccordingtoStevehedieddoingexactlywhathelovedtodo.ThefamilytraditionofauctioneeringhoweverhaslivedonandtwooftheAlmburgsthreeboyshavegraduatedfromRepperts.TheyallworkinthecompanyinsomewayshapeorformexplainsAnne.Andrewisanauctioneerandringmanandhelpswiththeadvertisingandthewebdesign.Ericisourclerkandalsokindofdoesthecashiering.AndAdamisaringman.Eachofthemworkthroughtheprocessfrombookinganauctiontothesettlingupatthecompletion.Thesonshelpbringfreshideastothebusiness.Annewhonowworksasareadingspecialistforelementaryschoolchildrenandalsoteachespart-timeatNorthernIllinoisUniversityenjoyshearingtheirsonsideasforexpansion.ItskindofinterestingtoseethatthirdgenerationdowhatStevedidhelpinghisdadwithnewtrends.BothSteveandAnnespeculatethatpartofwhatkeepsauctioneeringaliveandwellistheentertainmentvalue.AnneremembersdayswhenpeoplewouldcometoAlmburgauctionsjusttolistentoJohnorSteve.ForyearsIdidthelunchwagonandthenthecashieringandIwouldtellhimitsthatexcitementfrompeoplethatgetstheminvolvedintheauction.Wewouldhavefamiliesthatwouldcomeandbringpicniclunches.Thatwouldbetheirentertainmentfortheweekend.Stevelaughs.Shewastellingmepeoplearecomingjusttoseeyouandyourdadandnotbuyanything.IsaidYouvegottobekiddingmePeopledonthavetimetodothat.TodaythepublicstillndsauctionsexhilaratingsomuchsothatamediagroupfromCaliforniarecentlyapproachedtheAlmburgsaboutlmingarealitytelevisionseries.Annesaysthatthedecisiontorefusethemwasnotadifcultone.Stevesalwayssaidthatwereonlyasgoodasournameandthelastthingyouwanttodoistoputanegativespinonanythingtodowithhavingauctionsorthepeopleyourehavingauctionsfor.Andofcoursetheyweretheretomakemoneyandtomakefoolsoutofpeopleanditwasntgoingtobeusorthepeopleweworkfor.ItwaskindofexcitingtothinkaboutforafewminutesbuttherealityisthatthisisStevesandtheboyspassionanditsnotworthit.Defendingthereputationofauctionsisnotaneasytask.Stevebelievesthewordauctiontoooftenhasanegativeconnotation.Foreclosureauction.Sherriffsauction.Bankruptcyauction.Alotofpeoplejusthearthewordauctionwithalotofthesenegativewordsinfrontofit.SteverecallsthatwhenAlmburgAuctioneeringbeganrunningmorerealestateauctionstheyhandledalotofestates.YoudadvertisetheseplacesandpeoplewouldaskWhyaretheyhavinganauctionIsitabankruptcyIsthereaproblemNoItsjustanothermarketingtooltouseSteveconsidersauctionstobeoneofthemoreefcientmeansofselling.Youcansellthepropertyasiswithnocontingencies.Thesellerdecideswhatdayitsgoingtosellwhattimeitsgoingtosellhowtheywantitpresented.Theyreinchargethewholewaythrough.Wedontworkforthebuyer.Notatall.Weworkfortheseller.Anneaddsthatauctionsareanexceptionallytransparentmethodofdividinganestate.Alotofpeopleliketheopennessofanauction.Theresnothingunderthetable.AsenseofcommunityisalsoimportantinAlmburgauctions.ManyofStevescustomersarerepeatsandeventuallythecustomerscometoknoweachotherandformtheirownfriendlygroups.WhilemanywhoshowupatanAlmburgauctionhavebeentherebeforeStevesaysthatplentyarestilllearningtheropes.EveryauctionwedoIllgetpeoplewhocomeuptomeandWhencreditcardsbecameanimportantpartofourbusinessresourcebanksetupeverything.onourlastsale40ofpurchasesWeredoneWithacreditcard.WejustsWipethecardandboomitgoesrighttotheaccount.ialsoloveresourcebankssundayservice.igetasaleonsaturdayorsundayandigorighttothebankandmakemydeposits.andtheresalWaysabranchnearby.stevealmburg