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Frequently Asked Questions for Consignors


1. What Types of Items Do You Accept for Your Auctions?

Well, we'd like to say we sell only Rembrandts, Van Goghs, Tiffany Lamps and Original Remington Bronzes, but that's far from the truth. The truth of the matter is we sell a huge variety of antiques and collectibles, from low-end to high-end, with items ranging in auction price from $20 to $50,000. These items include, but are not limited to, Antique Furniture, Oriental Rugs, Signed and Interesting 50's Furniture, Ornate Lighting Fixtures and Mirrors, Figurines, Lamps, Pottery Porcelain, Art Glass, Depression Glass, Carnival Glass, Stemware, Perfumes, Oriental Items, Antique Jewelry, Gold Jewelry (Both Antique & Contemporary), Vintage Costume Jewelry, Bakelite, Collectible Pens, Pocketwatches, Good-Quality or Antq. Wristwatches, Bronzes, Oil Paintings, Prints, Sculpture, Ephemera, Stamps, First Edition & Other Collectible Books, Advertising Items, Old Toys & Dolls, Antique or High-Quality Cameras, Crocks, Floor Lamps, Garden Statuary & Architectural Items, Stained & Leaded Glass Windows, Tapestries, Fancywork, an Occasional Automobile, etc., etc.

Many of the items we auction come from estates, collections, people who are moving, people who need a little bit more space and a little less stuff, people who need to liquidate, and people who just love to find treasures and sell them for more than they paid for them. We like to sell items that are desirable, that will get people jazzed and excited - not junk. Unfortunately, there is a fine line sometimes between a desirable collectible and junk. If you're not sure if you have gems or junk, let us know and we'll help you determine what you've got and what it's worth.


2. What Are Your Commission Rates?

10% For Any Item Bringing $3,000 or More
15% For Any Item Bringing $500 to $2,999
20% For Any Item Bringing $200 to $499
25% For Any Item Bringing $80 to $199
$20 Flat Fee For Unsold Items or Any Item Bringing Under $80

Sample Consignment:

1. Small Oil Painting by Edwin Harris - $5,500
2. Lg. Reproduction Bronze on Marble of Woman with Cherub, Artist Unknown - $600
3. Pr. of 2 Herman Miller Eames LCM Chairs - $275
4. Roseville Snowberry Vase - $125
5. 2 Lg. Boxes of Beanie Babies - $40

Total Sold = $6,540
Commissions = $746.25
Your Check After Commissions = $5,793.75

As you can see from this example, the Edwin Harris Painting went really well, as it should (We had a Larger Painting by this Artist Bring $10,000 in the past). Since it brought over $3,000, the commission rate on that item is 10%, or $550.00. The Lg. Reproduction Bronze sold pretty well also, bringing $600, so the commission rate on that piece is 15%, or $90. The Pair of Eames Chairs did so-so, since they weren't in the best of condition, bringing $275, so the commission rate on those was 20%, or $55. The Roseville Snowberry Vase brought $125, so the commission rate on that vase is 25%, or $31.25. Finally, the 2 Large Boxes Beanie Babies brought $40, so since it brought under $80, the Commission Rate was a Flat $20.

One Lesson to be Learned Here is to try to bring to auction the items of better worth, and you will get a lower commission rate overall. If most of your items are of little worth, they may not be worth auctioning at all, and for your sake and for our sake we might want to take a pass on those items. If you need a little guidance as to whether your item is of any value, please phone us or stop by with your item. We will advise you on your piece to the best of our ability, and if you have a good number of items, yes, we do make house calls...!

Generally, if you don't think your item or grouping will bring $80 easily, it's best to keep adding similiar items to the lot to enhance it a little. When it comes to making lots for auction, the more the merrier. That is to say the more (nice items grouped together), the merrier (the consignor will be when they get their check).

In general, when consigning at auction, results can be somewhat unpredictable. One thing we can say for sure is that your items will bring the fair market value on that evening that you items are auctioned. Some things may bring more than you expect, some things may bring less. But overall, the vast majority of our clients are quite pleased with the results we deliver and the speed of payment (We have a check ready for you 3 days after the auction in most cases). There are very few auction houses that pay out that quickly. Most of the auction houses in our area require your item to be placed in a specialty auction (which could take up to 2 months), and then you wait one month after that for your check. With our auctions, your items are brought to auction usually within a 2 week period, and you are paid 3 days after the auction! It doesn't get any better than that...!!!

The rates quoted above are our standard commission rates. Our commission rates and payout times may differ for different situations and clients.


3. What Days and Hours are You Open For Bringing in Consignments?

We are Open For Consignments Monday thru Saturday, 9:30 A.M. to 5:45 P.M. We urge you not to bring items in around auction times, as we have many matters to attend to as the auction gets near. However, if you live 2 hours away and are coming in to buy things at the auction, and would like to drop some things off, we'll find a way to get your consignment put away for the next auction.

The Best Time to Bring Consignments in is the day or two after the last auction. This allows plenty of time for us to advertise the quality items the best way that we can, by listing them on the internet, picturing them on the internet, including descriptions of your items in newspaper and trade newspapers, etc. Not only that, but the people who are picking up items from the last auction will see your stuff, and they may decide to come to the next auction and bid on it!


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