Selling at Sickelsmith Auctions

When you consign with Sickelsmith Auction Services we use every effort to help realize the highest possible value for your items. We use our gallery to showcase your property to potential buyers as well as advertise the auction using various promotional outlets. Clients then come out on the day of a sale to bid competitively for the chance to own the items brought up for auction.

We accept consignments of quality goods year round, including toys, antiques, furniture, collector's items and household items. From single items, to collections large and small, to entire estates.

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About the Auction Process

Before the Auction
The first step in consigning at auction is to meet with the Auctioneer. During this time you will discuss your goals and the Auctioneer can answer any questions you have about what to expect during the auction process. Once we've determined that your items are a good fit, we can set up a time to take in the items. All consignments should be brought in at least one-two weeks before auction day. At this time we will go over and complete the consignment contract together. This specifies the auction date, any reserves, commission rate and fees if any.

From here, we prepare your items for auction. This consist of cleaning and organizing if necessary, research and photography, and advertising. From one-four weeks before auction we will begin to promote the upcoming auction. Approximately seven days before a live auction, your property is displayed in our showroom for potential buyers to examine.

During the Auction
On the day of auction your goods will be put up for sale. During the auction items are brought up to the front where the Auctioneer opens the bidding. Buyers will compete to win by placing bids. When no more bids are forthcoming, and so long as all the requirements pursuant to terms are met, the Auctioneer announces 'Sold' the item becomes the highest bidders possession.

After the Auction
After the auction, a settlement sheet will be prepared and mailed to you along with a settlement check. The settlement sheet contains a copy of our records showing the hammer price for each lot sold and the total amount due to the consignor. The amount of payment equals the hammer price of each lot successfully sold, less the commission and any other fees. This will be mailed within seven business days from the close of the auction.

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