There is no need to fear an auction or bidding! It's fun!
Bring a Friend!
It will take the edge off, and make bidding more enjoyable!
Make sure to register for a bidder’s card at the office. You can’t buy without one. Keep the card readily available at all times. The auctioneer keeps a quick pace, and it can be awkward to hold up the auction while looking for your card.
Get a catalog when you register. It includes the item number and a brief description of each item. Items are sold in numerical order so you can plan trips to the café and stretch your legs without missing the items that you are most interested in.
Inspect each item that you are interested in closely. Items are sold “as is” and many of them are over 100 years old. At that age, some antiques will have a few issues. Check items closely so you have no surprises.
Make sure you know what is being sold. Each item number will be announce before the item is placed up for auction. A photograph of the item being sold will be displayed on the flat screen monitors throughout the arena.
Do not be afraid to get our attention when trying to bid. While keeping watch over 100 bidders, two computer monitors, television monitors and a floor crew, even the best auctioneer can miss a bid. If he does not see your card being raised, feel free to speak up. A “yes”, “over here” or simple “hey, you jerk auctioneer” will do.
Decide how much you want to pay before an item comes up for sale. The key to a successful auction is keeping a quick pace. Most auctioneers will sell an item every forty seconds. They are unable to wait for a buyer to “think about” an item or discuss it with friends. Research items in advance to determine value and bring your notes to the sale.
There are terms used in an auction that a savvy buyer should understand. If an auctioneer brings multiple items up for sale at once, he may announce them being sold at "CHOICE". This means the high bidder can choose one, two or all of the items, paying the winning bid amount for each item. If the auctioneer announces that multiple items are "TIMES THE MONEY", the highest bidder must take all the items, each at the high bid amount. If the auctioneer states the multiple items are being sold "ALL ONE MONEY", the winning bidder gets all the items for the single price of the highest bid.
If there is any confusion with your bid or the sale price, speak up immediately. An auctioneer can resale an item if he knows about a problem immediately. Once the auction is complete the sale must stand.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The office staff and floor crew will be happy to explain anything to you. However, once the auction begins, please refrain from asking questions to the auctioneer or the clerk sitting next him. Their focus is essential to a smooth running auction.
Your Best Source for Classic English and Fine French and Belgian Antiques at an affordable cost!
Casual, but appropriate attire is always encouraged! Our arena is climate controlled.
No need to over dress or under dress.
Don't forget about transportation for your purchases! There is nothing worse than over-buying, and having no way to get your treasures home!
Ye Olde Auction House