Auctioneer Tony Barber and Diamond T Auctions has brought some business back to downtown Whitewater.
On Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. in part of the old grocery store at 203 S. Main Street in Whitewater Diamond T Auctions is holding consignment auctions featuring a wide variety of goods.

Auctioneer Tony Barber and Diamond T Auctions has brought some business back to downtown Whitewater.

On Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. in part of the old grocery store at 203 S. Main Street in Whitewater Diamond T Auctions is holding consignment auctions featuring a wide variety of goods.

“People bring stuff to us,” Barber said. “We assign them a lot number. We line it up on tables. People come in and bid on things they are interested in. We do have concession available for those just getting off of work and come in and don’t have time to eat supper. There’s always some type of food there and drinks and snacks.”

In addition to the weekly consignment auctions, Diamond T also has on site and online auctions. “We take in consignments from different people,” Barber said. “Basically all they have to do is contact us, set up an appointment and bring stuff in.”

The location at Whitewater is open on Monday and Tuesday to collect items to sell on consignment. If anyone wants to bring in items on a different day, they need to set up and appointment.

Centrally located between Newton, El Dorado and Wichita, Diamond T Auctions is getting items from a 50 mile radius.

“I’ve had calls from Hutchison, Newton, Wichita, Derby, El Dorado. Pretty good area. Anyone within half an hour has been contacting us. Trying to find when (the auctions) are.”

In a consignment sale, the auction company takes the items, sells them, receives a commission off whats sold and cuts a check to the seller of the items.

“Consignment is when they bring us the merchandise and we fill out a consignment sheet,” Barber said. “We take 25 percent to sell their items for them. Once the auctions over, we do all our paperwork, find out what their total sales were, take our commission and mail them a check or they can come by and pick up their check for the balance.”

He continued, “It’s not much different than an estate auction or something like that as far as the general process. The only difference is we may have three sellers one week. The next week we may have five. The next week it may be just one.”

Items sold at the consignment are coins, firearms, antiques, collectables, general household modern furniture and knives among other items.

“There’s a pretty good variety of stuff and it seems like so far our buyers have been a pretty good mix,” Barber said. “Our first auction we actually sold a steer head with the horns that had like a six foot span. It was one of the more popular items that night.”

Sporting goods are also popular items.

“Camping gear, fishing gear, hunting gear any of that kind of stuff,” Barber said. “Anything doing with the outdoors pretty much is real popular with the public.”

Barber graduated from Missouri Auction School in 2002 and has been an auctioneer ever since. He ran an auction business in his home town of Parsons worked for an auction company in Augusta upon arriving in Butler County.

Barber is an alum of Labette County High School in Altamont.