What is the average turn around time for an item to be auctioned?
The average turn-around time from when you drop an item off, until it is auctioned, ranges depending on which auction your item qualifies for. We have our Mid-line sales each month, and our High-end sales 3 times per year. When you drop off your items, please ask us which sale your items qualify for so that you know what to expect as far as timelines go. Please also be patient, and watch for the photos of your items online. We post photos for each event 3 to 5 days prior to the event for our mid-line sales, and 10 to 14 days prior for our higher end sales. In the event we are selling a large quantity of items for you, it is possible that your items will be split between multiple auctions, in which case you may receive a separate check/invoice for each auction. We print checks once a month, and you will receive your check within 30 days of your items selling.
How can I figure out what my items may be worth?
Before Consigning, we encourage you to attend at least one Auction of the same type that you are consigning items for. This allows you to see what the current market is for items similar to yours. While we do not require this, it will help you to better understand the auction process. We also encourage open communication about what your expectations are so that we can make sure that we are able to achieve them. If we feel that your expectations are higher than what the current market will bring, we will let you know up front. We don’t want you to be disappointed with what your items bring, and because some individuals have emotional attachments to their items, it is important that we are all on the same page. We also encourage you to email or text us photos of your items, along with what you are hoping to get, and we can let you know our thoughts. Items that have true value, and are desirable usually bring very good money at auction. Items that are dated, or not as desirable in today’s market are going to reflect that in the price. For example, the collectibles market is very low right now, so your collector plates, Hummels, sports memorabilia, porcelain figures, Beanie Babies, etc. are not going to bring what you paid for them. Whereas, your Sterling Silver, Guns, Coins, Listed Original Art, Some Antiques, etc. are going to bring a premium because that is what people are looking for in today’s market.
Do you offer appraisal services?
You are welcome to email us photos of the items in question and how much you are hoping to get for them and we would be happy to take a look at them and let you know if they are likely to bring that at auction. Otherwise, we do make house calls and offer verbal appraisals for $85 per hour. Because of our current schedule, we are no longer doing written appraisals unless court ordered for an estate we are liquidating for you. We are still available as an Expert Witness for Court Testimony and Depositions.
Do I need to make an inventory list for the items that will be consigned to GEAC?
An Inventory List is not required when consigning items, but if you wish to create one, please have it ready prior to your drop off or pickup. For higher end items, we highly encourage you to create a list of each item, and we will be happy to confirm it. On days that we have drop-offs, there are usually several people dropping off at a time, and if you do not have a list ready, we may not have the time to create one at that moment, especially on large drop-offs. When you consign items, we do inventory and tag items with your customer ID as we lot them, to track them through the auction process. You will receive our inventory list with your check.
Can I set a reserve or minimum on my item?
Please understand that this is an auction, and your items will sell to the highest bidder. We do not allow reserves or minimum bids on most of our items, otherwise it would just be a retail store. You may email us photos of any items that you may be considering for auction, and we will be happy to give you a free consultation about which venue will best suit your needs. Auctions are a wonderful resource to sell items, and often times will bring far more than you anticipate on desirable items.
When will I get paid?
We print checks and invoices once a month. We do not disclose what items sold for due to the large amount of consignors and the time that it would take. You are welcome to attend the auctions to watch what your items are selling for.
What types of items do you sell?
We are currently only accepting Higher End Items and Better Quality Furniture, Tools, & Household Items at this time. We are not currently accepting smaller box lot and garage sale type items. Please send photos of your items for Consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some Higher End Items include Guns, Jewelry, Listed Art, Vehicles, Boats, Antiques, Coins, & More!