To ensure the auction date you want, the sooner we have a signed contract the better. We recommend 6-8 weeks in advance to set up, advertise and market your items for auction. Typically the more time we have the better the result; however, if time is of the essence and we have a date available we can plan and hold a short notice auction within 1-2 weeks. This type of short notice auction can severely limit the advertising time frame for the auction and may affect auction attendance.
We offer several options that allow you to do as much or as little as you would like to do. If you would prefer, we can handle everything from start to finish. If the auction is being conducted at your home, we will come in several days ahead of time, set up tables, and stage items for ease of setup on the morning of the auction. If the auction is conducted at one of our facilities, we will set the items up.
We handle all advertising from start to finish; if you would prefer, however, we can consult with you and allow your input as to what advertising is used. Typical advertising consists of print media, advertising on our website, email marketing, direct mail flyers, magazines, signage, and various other forms.
Auctions vary in length according to how much you have to sell & the type of Auction. At a Live Auction we sell an average of 70-90 items per hour. In an Online Only Auction the lots will be set to close on a Staggered basis which usually ranges from 1 lot per 20 to up to 45 Seconds. 1 Every 20 Seconds = 180 lots per hour. 1 Every 45 Seconds = 80 an hour. An average auction may last 2-4 hours depending on the quantity of items to be sold.
Please, please, please don’t clean anything until you consult with us. Many items need special cleaning—or sell better not being cleaned at all. For example, the value of a coin can be drastically affected if the coin was cleaned with a silver paste, or scratched by a harsh cleanser.
Please don’t throw anything away until you consult with us. Time and time again we have sold items for thousands of dollars that were on their way to the trash pile. There are exceptions, of course, as some items are not suitable for sale via auction. These may include most clothing, shoes, food, paints, solvents and chemicals, old tires, old appliances, and similar items. If you have any doubt about an item, wait until we meet with you to decide.
PLEASE DON’T THROW ANYTHING AWAY UNTIL WE HAVE TALKED TO YOU! REMEMBER, ONE PERSON’S TRASH IS ANOTHER PERSON’S TREASURE! WE RECENTLY SOLD AN ADVERTISING FLY SWATTER FOR $275.00 THAT THE OWNER HAD THROWN IN THE TRASH BEFORE TALKING TO US.
We pay out the cosigners from our auctions within 10-14 days from the date of the auction sale. It generally takes about 7 days for clearance of checks written and for credit card monies to get deposited into our accounts. In addition to the check, you will be mailed a printed copy of the complete accounting of your items that were sold. This will also detail the commission and expenses that were deducted from the sale proceeds.