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A & E PIDGEON AUCTIONS & APPRAISALS
Nova Scotia Auctions -- Cape Breton Auctions
Canadian Maritime Auctioneers
Contact Donald or Verna (Sam) Pidgeon
info@pidgeonauctions.com
Mailing Address: PO Box 1083, Pictou, N.S. BOK 1HO
PHONE 902-485-5968

 Available Monday to Saturday inclusive from 8 am to 10 pm
 by appointment or by chance - NOT Sundays or Christmas Day

   
PLEASE NOTE:  We have now installed a new
 24-HOUR AUCTION INFORMATION HOTLINE -- 902-485-3333

 This line does not reach us directly, will not ring into the office or residence & no messages can be left at this number.It is designed for one purpose only--to keep you informed of all current auction information, so that if you are en route and need time or place of an auction or directions how to get there--call this line; if you are in doubt whether an auction will go on due to weather conditions, call this number; if you want to hear a general list of the items in the current auction, call this number--all current auction information will be kept up-to-date on this line & you can call any hour of the day or night for information
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, 2014:

Minimum Consignment value of $1,500 or more
Due to the amount of paperwork involved, we do not take consignments less than $1,500; however, we are prepared to buy out small amounts (also large amounts or full estates)

WE 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!

AUCTION RATES:

       Our auctioneering fee is 12% on household contents, antiques, etc.
We also charge for Disbursements, that is, Out-of-Pocket Expenses(Advertising and Hired Help) and (if applicable) Hall Rental - Percentage of these Out-of-Pocket expenses will depend on the size of the auction and whether or not it is an auction where more than one party shares the costs. We try to arrange auctions of such a size that the disbursements do not exceed 12%....however, if the auction is very large and several high prices are obtained, or if it is an on-site auction of quality, it could bring the disbursements down to as low as 8%.   Therefore the actual costs for an average sale runs on the average 22% all together.  However, if the goods are very high quality and will sell for high prices, then that could bring the cost down a little.  In the case of an on-site auction, out-of-pocket costs could run a little higher, but then in such case, the seller would be saving on hauling goods, so it pretty well balances out.
       This does not include hauling costs.  If the owners wish to have their goods taken to a hall, they can arrange for same themselves or we can arrange for it at cost--ie, U-Haul charges, gas and hired help. 
       It is to be noted that for Cape Breton auctions, the cost for advertising is higher than on the Mainland as the Cape Breton Post is almost as expensive as the Halifax Herald and it is necessary to advertise in both papers when auctioning there as we find 50% of the Cape Breton people get the Post and 50% get the Herald. 
       In the case of On-Site auctions, if the owners are not prepared to allow the auction-goers to use their facility, then a Johnny-on-the-Spot will have to be rented at the owners expense.
NOTE--some disbursements will be covered by Auctioneers out of courtesy on very high priced auctions
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       We provide a 3-part sales slip for each item with individual sales copies for buyer, seller & auctioneer and provide a simplified accounting statement.  Payment is available approximately 20 business days after auction when funds for absentee bids are all in, when all cheques have been cleared & statements obtained for disbursements.

For better quality farm machinery, 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

Those who have known our firm will recognize that for over a third of a century in our field we have acquired a reputation for setting up and displaying in such a fashion as to enhance visual impact which maximizes the price at the time of sale.   A direct quote offered to us from the Cox family (in a letter of appreciation regarding their mother's estate) reads:  "you made a silk purse out of a sow’s ear".  (Actually, their mother had some very nice items, but it is all in the matter of display).

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, Labour Day & Thanksgiving Day also a Saturday after New Year's Day in January, 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 auction-goers.
 
Advice to anyone considering holding an auction--do not dispose of anything you may consider "junk" until the auctioneers have viewed the items.  In many instances, people dispose of items worth thousands of dollars, thinking it is worthless.  Please let auctioneers be the judges of that.
 

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 leading 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 or on our statement.