Unique items up for bid at holiday auction

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- When it comes to finding that perfect gift, sometimes even Santa needs some help. This week, we found a unique place to do some holiday shopping. It's a place where you can find just about anything, and stick to your budget at the same time.

“Anything you could imagine basically resides inside this warehouse,” says Jason Stancill with Auction Systems, as he shows us rooms of merchandise in their warehouse, just south of downtown Phoenix.

We found everything from sewing machines to guitars to vintage Kiss Dolls.

This year, Auction Systems' monthly American Life Auction just happens to fall on the Saturday before Christmas. “We have a ton of stuff you can use to buy for hard-to-buy-for people for Christmas,” Stancill says. “So we have some great jewelry, we have some really interesting collectible pieces coming up. We have taxidermy items; we have firearms.”

You can go online before the auction to look at all the merchandise,  and see the starting bid for every item.

Hot Wheels cars from Mattel start at 10 bucks. And hot wheels from BMW start at $575.

Of course, that's probably not be the final price, but you can register online and name your top bid, deciding what you think is fair. “And the system will incrementally bid you up, based on what your top number is. So you are able to find all of these items and you are able to buy them at your price,” says Stancill.

You can also come down and get in on the bidding live or to just enjoy the fun. “The kids are always intrigued by the auctioneer and their chant and how fast they talk. But it has got an energy to it. There is a pace,” Stancill tells us with a smile.

Santa will also be there, but we bet kids big and small will head right for the toys. “So these make exciting gifts. They're great for parents because of the nostalgia factor, and they're great for kids because they are just going to play with them and have a good time,” Stancill tells us, pointing out some vintage wrestling figures.

He expects the guns will be big sellers as well. Or you could just skip the shooting and go right for the trophy, with lots of taxidermy projects.

And you're sure to come up a winner with one-of-a-kind jewels. "It is a unique event. It's a lot of fun for the whole family, and you won't be able to find anything like you can find here, anywhere else,” Stancill says.

The auction is Saturday the 20th at 9 a.m. The address is 951 W. Watkins in Phoenix. You can preview items there Thursday between 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., and Friday between 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. You can also view and bid on items at auctionandappraise.com