CLEARING sales, traditionally a chance for hundreds to gather, socialise and search for a bargain, have been forced online.
Kerang's Graeme Hayes Real Estate is running its first online clearing sale, with items from a Lalbert farm up for grabs.
That clearing sale was intended to be held n March but was swept aside by COVID-19 restrictions.
Real estate agent Travis Hipworth took charge of organising the online approach for the business.
He said the agency decided to allow online bids throughout the clearing sale period, rather than holding a live auction.
"It's difficult to line up all your clients for one time and you're going to have technical issues, I believe, trying to conduct a live auction online," Mr Hipworth said.
The business set up a new online sales site, rather than going with an established one.
Mr Hipworth said current restrictions on crowds made it impossible to conduct face-to-face clearing sales, but the push into the online environment was likely to have a lasting impact.
"It might be the way things are done in the future," he said.
The Lalbert sale offers a range of goods, including tractors, antiques and collectables, and various household items, being described as a "sundry items clearing sale".
Lalbert Clearing Sale Details
Where: Visit auctions.ghrealestate.com.au and select 'view clearing sale'.
When: The sale ends on Thursday, with bidding finishing at 6pm (bids received in the final minute will result in a three-minute extension to enable others the chance to place a higher bid, with that process continuing until bids are exhausted).