Bidding at auction is easy and exciting and can be done in different ways, even if you can’t make it to the auction:-

  • In person – If you want to bid at the auction you need to register at reception first.  If it’s your first time, you’ll be asked for your name, address, telephone number and email to create a new account. You’ll then be given a bidding number and a sign with your number on it to use during the sale. To make a bid, just hold up your bidding number until the auctioneer notices you and takes your bid. The bidding increments are decided by the auctioneer. The final bidder buys the lot.
  • Absentee/Commission bids – If you can’t make the auction, you can leave an absentee bid – also called a commission bid – with the auction office. Just fill in the commission bid form available in the saleroom or email your bid to  With commission bids, the auctioneers will try to buy the lot as cheaply as possible on your behalf up to the maximum price you’ve given, subject to any other bids or reserve prices.
  • By telephone – If you can’t make the auction, you can also arrange to bid by telephone during the sale by booking in with staff in advance.  Someone will then call you on your contact telephone number a few minutes before the lot comes up for sale.  You can then bid over the telephone as the lot is being sold which is the next best thing to being there yourself.

Bidding Tips

  • Decide on your maximum price in advance
  • Arrive in good time for when your lot is up for sale (we work on a rough estimate of approximately 100 lots an hour)
  • Bid using clear signals
  • Bid quickly and confidently right up to your maximum price (otherwise the opposition will sense you are about to bow out!)

Some of the things we have sold:

* Lounge suites   * dining tables   * chairs   * bedroom furniture   * baths   * occasional furniture   * fitted kitchens  

* fridges   * freezers   * washing machines   * tumble driers   * televisions   * audio equipment   * computers  

* china   * glassware   * pictures   * jewellery   * carpets   * soft furnishings   * fireplaces   * doors   * games  

* tools   * lawnmowers   * garden equipment   * bicycles   * motor vehicles   * trailers   * prams   * toys   * puzzles  

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