Depending on who you ask, the auction experience can run the gamut from incredible to downright heart-breaking.
So how do you assure a positive experience if you select auction as the way to liquidate your unneeded belongings? It is first important to realize that auctions are not a “‘one size fits all” situation. Over the past 20 years, I have logged many hours in the auction facilities of central Indiana, and I have come to realize that they each have a personality and a momentum of that is uniquely theirs. As alike as they may appear to the novice, they are each different to the trained eye. So how do you select the one that is right for you? First let’s take a look at what you are planning to sell.
General household- Any major auction facility can handle the sale of general household content. Furniture and appliances in good condition, decorative items such as mirrors and pictures, kitchen items, glassware, china and garage and yard items, will all sell well at this type of auction. Items that may be rejected include books (that are not antiquated) clothing, shoes, and any toxic materials. If your furniture is high-end and fine decorative items, look for an auction that caters to interior design consultants and professional staggers. Presentation is a major issue with this type of auction, so visit a few sites and see how they display their items for preview. A well lit, clean facility can make a big difference in the price your items bring.
Antiques and collectibles-You will want an auction that specializes in antiques on a regular basis, or that holds periodic “antiques only” auctions. To assure a strong buying crowd at an antique auction it is imperative that the facility advertise in major area papers and antique periodicals. They should also have a website that you can visit to check recently realized prices and for an overview of their experience and appearance. Again, whenever possible, visit a couple of auctions to see first hand the way they display, preview and conduct their sales.