A few suggestions to help you not only bid successfully, but to enjoy the auction experience.
Time Required: 45 minutes
- Arrive early to hold a chair in a location where you'll be able to see, hear and feel comforatable.
- Carefully inpsect the items you're interested in purchasing for damage.
- Take notes on condition and lot number (if used) of items to reference once the auction begins.
- Review any reference guides you brought along to determine the maximum you're willing to pay for each lot on your list and record it in your notes.
- Register for a bidder's number before the auction begins to avoid missing any of the action.
- Follow the action and bid as planned on items you've already inspected. Take careful notice of the maximum price you set for yourself on each lot and do your best not to get caught up in an auction frenzy that may make you exceed your spending limit.
- Only bid over your maximum price if you know you'll regret leaving the piece behind.
- Don't look back if you lose a bid. Congratulate yourself for keeping your impulse spending in check and move on to the next item of interest.
- Take your time inspecting lots you may be interested in purchasing, since most auction items are sold "as is" meaning there are no returns.
- Be respectful of others trying to see the auctioneer and take your seat while bidding is in progress.
- Ask what types of payment are accepted and find out if the auction house charges a buyer's premium before you begin bidding. Inquire about hauling/delivery concerns before you bid as well.
What You Need
- Reference Books
- Bidder Number or Paddle