Personal Property Auction Frequently Asked Questions
If you are not familiar with the auction process we would like to take the time to provide you with some frequently asked questions and answers. If we miss a question, or you are not sure how the bidding process works, please do not hesitate to ask. We are more than happy to discuss the process with you or answer any questions.
Buying at Auction
When are your auctions?
We have two types of regular auctions.
- Our general personal property auctions are held almost every Tuesday morning & Thursday afternoon come rain or shine (generally barring only holidays.) Tuesday mornings are outside (so we call them Open-Air Auctions) that are largely filled with tools, yard supplies, and other general household & garage items. Thursdays usually consist of more furniture, electronics, artwork, and again, household goods.
- We also host an antique auction monthly, usually on the first Sunday of the month.
Beyond the above, our schedule is often quite full with assorted specialty auctions, onsite auctions, and more – keep an eye on the auction calendar & keep checking back to see the latest schedule of events.
Can anyone attend an auction?
Yes, bring your friends and family, our auctions are open to the public. It is fun and fast paced - the auctioneer will ask for an opening bid from the crowd, from there the fun begins & the last bidder with their hand up is the winner.
Do I need anything special to attend an auction?
No, however if you wish to bid you will need to register, and the first time you register we will require a valid ID (usually a driver’s license.)
There is an item I want and I can’t attend/stay for the whole auction - what can I do?
Stop in or call and ask to leave absentee bids(aka left bids.) This is the perfect choice for when your time is short but the desire to purchase is not! The absentee bidding process is simple (think ebay style) – fill out a basic form detailing the item/s you are interested in and give us your maximum bid, one of our staff will do the bidding for you – up to the maximum you specify (for example: if you leave a bid of $100 on an item and the bidding only goes to $20, you get the item for $20.) We have a strong crowd of buyers who trust us to bid for them as they would themselves. It is a benefit to all as it increases the number of bidders for the sellers’ items and creates a trusted bond with our buyers. Another option, for select auctions, is bidding online. We often have items listed for online bidding at most of our specialty auctions as well as online prebidding (basically just online absentee bidding as above) at our monthly antique auctions.
Selling at Auction
What type of merchandise can I sell at auction?
We can sell almost anything - from single pieces to the entire households. Generally we do not have a crowd looking to buy clothing, shoes, CRT TVs (the old fat ones,) and moldboard furniture (unless it’s in very good condition.) Please contact us for any questions about specific items/collections for more detailed info. If you wish to get started a copy of our contract can be found HERE.
How much do you charge to sell my property in an auction?
We use what is known as a sliding scale. Simply put, the more a certain "lot" sells for, the lower the rate. Essentially, a “lot” is the unit that property is divided into and auctioned off in. Please contact us, or check our contract for details on how this breaks down.
How do I get my property into an auction?
Generally, people drop off the items here at our gallery. Usual drop off days are Fridays & Mondays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. In the case of Antique and Specialty Auctions we need about a week at minimum to organize & advertise everything, so please contact us for explicit dates to drop off for these auctions. If you have a large quantity of items, big items, or otherwise just cannot get things to the gallery yourself; we can arrange to pick up items, though there are usually fees involved to do so.
What kind of auctions can I expect to have my property put in?
We conduct various types of auctions. The most common is our Thursday “Estate Adventure Auctions,” which generally feature anything you would typically find in (or outside of) a home. On the 1st Sunday of every month we hold an Antique & Collectible auction. Throughout the month, as we prepare other auctions, select items are set aside to create the basis for this special auction. We also add Real Estate, Specialty & On-Site Auctions as needed throughout the year, so it all comes down to what sellers bring to our attention. Contact us for a free, no obligation consultation. Please don’t be concerned about not having enough pieces of a collection to create an entire auction by yourself; we are often able to combine your items with those of others to create an auction.