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4 Tips For Selling At An Antique Auction

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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If you have antiques to sell, you may only be concerned about how much money you can get for them. But, you should also know when, where, and how to sell them. There are many venues available to sell antiques including online, in a consignment store, and at auction. Auctions are a great place to sell these items, especially if you have a lot of them. Here are some tips to help you do this.

Never sell without knowing what you have

You should not attempt to sell any antique without knowing what it is. You could potentially lose out on money or lead someone in the wrong direction and cause them to lose money. It is best to do some research on each antique you want to sell. If you have documentation with the item, that is a great place to start. If you don’t, an appraiser may be able to help you.

Do not separate collections, unless it is the better deal

Most collectors prefer to buy a set of antiques rather than specific pieces. You may run into some that are lacking some pieces of their collections though. You will need to weigh your options if this is the case and try to make the choice that best suits your situation.

Know when to sell

Although you may not have considered this, there are different times to sell different antiques, even at auction. For example, if you have antiques that are related to holidays, they would probably sell better closer to those days. Research the trends related to your items to be sure you are selling at the right time.

Choose an auction house you can trust

In order to sell antiques at auction and get the most money, you have to pick the right auction house. The one you pick should have great reviews and ratings with both bidders and other sellers. They should also have a large base of bidders to advertise to.

Auction houses often provide catalogs to show what each event has to offer. You should look for one that offers these online because they will likely be able to reach more people. Online catalogs should be available to the public, which means they can be shared.

Other tips to keep in mind

Here are some other tips you should remember before selling your antiques at auction. These are meant to act as a guide, so be sure to consider all of your options.

  1. You don’t have to sell your antiques as part of an antique auction. You could add your items as a lot in a consignment auction, for example.
  2. Talk to the auctioneer if you have any concerns. They are there to work with you to get the most for your antiques.
  3. Prepare to attend the auction if you can, especially if you plan on selling more antiques in the future.
  4. Bidders will want to know your antiques are in good shape. Make sure they are in the best condition possible before selling them.

Selling at antique auctions in Texas

If you are looking to sell your antiques at auction, High Plains Auctioneers can help. We offer many auctions with a large variety of items, from antiques to used farm equipment. Give us a call at (806) 244-6776 or Send Us an Email for more information.