Buying & Selling at Our Auctions
Buying is very simple, there are a few different ways you can bid. But first things first, you must register your name and address with us so we can assign you a bidding number.
Once you have your bidding number you can then bid at the auction by waving, nodding, shouting, winking or however you want to get the attention of the auctioneer. If you have the winning bid then you simply say or show your number to the auctioneer, you can then check out at the office, if there are numerous items you are bidding on then you can just wait till the end and sort payment in one go.
If you can’t make sale day then you can leave a bid in the office at the viewing day or by telephoning in or contacting us online, we also have live online bidding through EasyLiveAuctions. When a bid is left the auctioneer will attempt to purchase the lot for you at the cheapest price possible, allowing for reserves & the lower end of the estimate, opening bidding with your bid first.
Selling is also a very simple process, items can be consigned to us via courier, or brought to us yourselves. Our staff can quickly sort through your items to select pieces sellable through our auction. If you are unsure if your items will be sellable through auction, we usually suggest emailing pictures to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will quickly get back to you to let you know which items are sellable or not. If the item/s are too large for you to bring, we can arrange a collection for a reasonable fee, depending on amount of items and how far we have to travel.
From there, an inventory of your items will be drawn up on a duplicate sheet, and a staff member will advise you on guide prices & if setting a reserve is appropriate. Once your items are catalogued, a full list of your items, with guide prices, set reserves (if applicable) & lot numbers will be emailed to you, to ensure your satisfaction.
From there, your items will usually be entered into the next auction, which are held every 2 weeks. Items deemed of special interest & higher value may be selected for a quarterly ‘Antiques’ sale, at the auctioneers discretion. Once your items have been offered for sale, payment follows on the Monday after sale, usually by bank transfer. Unsold lots are usually entered into a following sale. However, this is at the discretion of the auctioneers, and it may be deemed that items that had very little interest shown in the first sale are best removed by the vendor, to save concurrent sale fees.
If you have any questions, you can contact us over the phone and talk about the item/s, email us with photos, or the most common practice is for you the vendor to bring items straight to our office and we either accept or reject depending on sale-ability.
When selling items with us we take your personal details, list of entries and preferred payment method, and ask you to sign our terms and conditions about auction commissions etc, but we will explain this to you when your filling out the form.
Both buying and selling is simple and our helpful team will run you through the processes to make sure you understand commissions, and the full sale process. We take great pride in welcoming great numbers of new people each week, and making the whole process as easy to understand as possible.