Buying Information

Our weekly sales are held every Wednesday at 6pm with viewing all day Wednesday from 9am.  Buyers may attend the auction in person to bid or leave absentee bids.

One way of bagging a furniture bargain is to buy at an auction house.  Auction houses sell items for many reasons; company liquidation stock, councils getting rid of lost property or homeowners having a clear out.  Whatever the reason, buying at auction means you could get your hands on some unique and interesting furniture at a great price.


Our Charges

Buyers Premium 20% Inclusive of Vat on all lots.

Please note that some lots are subject to VAT on the hammer price so please listen to the auctioneer or check with the office.

Before you Bid

Attend a few auctions first before bidding as it’ll help you familiarize yourself with what goes on and the processes involved.
There is a buyer premium to pay on all lots, and some lots are subject to VAT.
Make a note what you think you might like to bid for.
View ‘the lot’ (as it’s called) before bidding.
Ask for advice. We’re well-informed and happy to help.
All items are sold “As Seen” electrical items may not work so definitely do not assume they do.

Bidding In Person

If you wish to bid in person and attend a sale you will need to register first. Sales can get very busy so please allow yourself sufficient time before the sale to register as a bidder. At reception, you will be asked to fill in a registration form to give your name and address, contact numbers. Once the form is completed you will receive a card printed with your personal number for that sale only.

During the sale, simply raise your card when you wish to bid and wait for the auctioneer to acknowledge you. Other bidders may wish to bid on the same lot, they will bid against you in the same way. The auctioneer will continue taking bids from each bidder until all but one drops out. The last bidder is the successful buyer and the auctioneer indicates that the lot is sold by knocking down his hammer on the rostrum and announcing the buyer's number and hammer price.

If you are the successful buyer and do not wish to bid on any further lots you can take your lots with you once you have paid in full, a receipt is given and lots can be collected.

• Try and only bid on items you think you know and understand the pricing for.
• Don’t get carried away and stick to your maximum
Make sure you familiarize yourself with bidding rules such as those involving reserve pricing, buyer’s premium is payable on all lots, and some lots are subject to VAT.
If you’re unsure about an items authenticity (or provenance), as it’s known in the trade, don’t bid.
Keep an ear out for changes to item descriptions givenby the auctioneer.
Don’t just look for ‘old’. Modernist furniture does well these days too.
If you are successful in buying items, remember all items have to be collected no later than noon the next day (due to our Car Auction we hold Thursday).

Absentee - Commission Bids

You may want to leave a 'commission bid' if you cannot attend the sale. We will try to secure the item/s for you at the lowest price possible.
If we receive two bids of equal value, preference is given to the bid that arrives first, so why not leave an amount that does not end with a zero or five e.g. £203 instead of £200.

Complete the bidding form and leave with a member of staff.  Contact us to see if you were successful and please remember all items need to be paid for and collected by noon on Thursday following the Auctions.


How Do I Pay?

Cash, Debit Card or Credit Card.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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