Rates & Fees
Note: We do not operate a free appraisal service. Also, our insurance does not cover us to give appraisals over the telephone.
It is our policy not to disclose prices after an auction as some people may be purchasing items for gifts or resale & do not want the public to know what they paid for same. The people who come to the auctions are good enough to support us & we feel we owe them that amount of privacy.
Effective February 1st, 2009:
Minimum Consignment value of $1,000 or more
REALIZE MOST AUCTIONEERS DO NOT POST THEIR COSTS, BUT WE FEEL ANYONE
SEARCHING FOR AN AUCTIONEER HAS THE RIGHT TO KNOW THIS UPFRONT WITHOUT
HAVING TO CALL AND ASK, BUT PLEASE DO CHECK OUT THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE FOR
SAME--IT'S NOT JUST STANDING UP THERE AT A PODIUM AND AUCTIONING THE GOODS
OFF (THAT'S THE EASY PART)....ITS ALL THE PREPARATION FOR MAKING IT A GOOD
SALE--THE ADVERTISING, THE WEBSITE WORK, THE CONTACTS, THE SETUP, ETC., ETC.
ALSO, PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR REPUTATION AND THE PRICES WE OBTAIN FOR GOODS!
For heavy equipment or commercial auctions please call for rates
NOTE: All advertising for auctions here on our website (including photos and list) is offered free of charge. As soon as an Auction is definitely confirmed, we will insert a "forthcoming auction ad" on our "Upcoming Auction" page--the sooner we have complete details for an auction, the sooner the ad for same will be entered on our Website and will stay on there until after the auction. The week preceding the auction, details & photos will be inserted on the "Next Auctions" page.
The quoted auction price includes the sorting & listing of items to be
offered for sale, advertising on website, photos (if
applicable) and setting up of
auction as indicated below
NOTE: For various reasons we are sometimes contracted to conduct private auctions, particularly in cases where a will reads that family members are to receive everything from an estate and not stipulating who should receive which items. In such an instance where the family members cannot decide or they cannot ascertain the actual sentimental values of such items as relating to each family member; then the simplified method is to auction the items off only amongst family members and whatever they bid for the items is deducted from their share of the estate. In such case, our charge is a fair & reasonable flat fee.
Note: Holidays inc. Easter Monday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Natal Day, Labour Day & Thanksgiving Day are usually booked well in advance. No auctions on Remembrance Day unless it falls on Weekend when there is a Civic Holiday at which time we usually book Civic Holiday as it does not interfere with Remembrance Day Services or Parades. The only partial lots that will be taken on consignment for Holiday sales will be of limited quantity (if space permits) and must be from private homes and of sufficient quality to warrant their addition to such auctions. Consignments may be added to several other auctions throughout the year.
We conduct a lot of our auctions
(other than holidays) from the Kemptown Hall just outside of Truro. It
has proved over the years to be a very popular centre--a nice, clean, new
hall with air-conditioning, good seating & facilities and great homemade
food by the local ladies. Also, there is lots of parking available.
Most important of all, it is located at the Hub of Nova Scotia just about 5
miles outside Truro at Exit 18 or 18A on the old loop off Trans Canada
Highway 104. It has also become a meeting place for
TO RESERVE AN AUCTION DATE, PLEASE CONTACT US AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. AUCTIONS ARE USUALLY BOOKED LONG AHEAD AND IT MAY BE A PROBLEM TO FIT SOMETHING IN VERY FAST, ALTHOUGH WE WILL DO OUR BEST. ALSO, SOMETIMES PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESERVED A CERTAIN DATE WILL POSTPONE THEIR DATE WHEN THE SALE OF THEIR HOUSE DOES NOT GO THROUGH. AS SOON AS AN AUCTION IS CONFIRMED, WE WILL GET IT ADVERTISED ON OUR WEBSITE WITHOUT COST TO SELLER., THUS INSURING A BETTER TURNOUT FOR YOUR AUCTION.
If the quality of a sale warrants it; and if we are given sufficient time for preparation, we sometimes prepare catalogues detailing the items offered for auction along with many photos from that particular sale; although now website photos are fast outweighing the catalogues.
Note to Consignors: We have until Monday noon before the auction to make any changes to the auction list. If any item is to be removed from the sale which was previously listed, we must know by the preceding Monday morning at 8 AM. AFTER 8 AM ON MONDAY PRECEDING THE AUCTION, EVERYTHING THAT IS LISTED FOR AUCTION MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR AUCTION. THERE CAN BE ABSOLUTELY NO WITHDRAWALS AFTER 8 AM THE PRECEDING MONDAY.
Please note: we do not conduct third-party auctions, that is, where an outside party has been contracted by someone to have an auction done for them. We work directly for the people involved with the goods--whether the owner, family, lawyer, legal guardian or trustee. We have learned in the past when we conducted third-party auctions that they usually added on a substantial amount for themselves before remitting the balance, sometimes leaving the owners to believe that the total amount charged was by us, when, in fact, they, the third party, were pocketing the extra money. In some cases, we have later been contacted by the owners asking why they were charged a higher rate than shown on this page and we had to explain that the third party involved must have added on funds for themselves. In some cases, the third party had even altered our statements to make the owner believe all the costs showing were ours. We are aware that people should be paid for their services, but not at our expense and on our statement.