GENERAL SALES OF ANTIQUES, COLLECTABLES, VINTAGE & DECORATIVE ITEMS

Our popular Friday interiors and general auctions are traditional “general” auctions, and usually consist of an eclectic mix of Antiques, Collectables, Curios, Jewellery, Rural Bygones, Decorative Items, small Furniture, modern Household Effects, and so on – as well as an eclectic mix of buyers!

Please note that due to increased demand, these sales are now held twice-monthly; please see our Auctions Diary for a complete list of dates.

Held at the Arkenstall Centre in Haddenham, Cambridgeshire (see below for directions), these are an old-fashioned “bring and sell” auctions, we list whatever turns up (subject to legal constraints) on the day prior to the sale, and sell it – see below for full details.

Entries are sourced from local property clearances and from private sellers, and usually comprise around 400 lots per sale, including everything from Jewellery, Watches, Ceramics, antique and quality modern Furniture, Household goods, Pictures, Curios, Collectables, vintage Toys, and so on.

  • An online catalogue is available from our website on the evening prior to the sale, for prospective bidders to view, with an online pre-sale bidding facility available for those who cannot attend the auction in person (we also offer bidders a full delivery/postage service on purchased lots where required).
  • Viewing in person is from 9.30am on the morning of the sale, and the auction starts at 10.30am. A good number of buyers attend the auctions from a wide area, as far afield as London and the midlands, and a range of refreshments and light snacks are available on the auction day.
  • All major Debit Cards (with the exception of American Express) are accepted on sale days, with an online payments facility available for items purchased via our online bidding system.

How to Enter Items for Sale

Entries are always welcomed! Simply bring along your items to the Arkenstall Centre in Haddenham (there is free parking onsite) on the day before the Auction between 9.30am and 12noon, and list them on our standard Entry Form. We are happy to provide pre-sale advice an estimate of potential selling price. We will give you a full duplicate receipt, and we will do the rest!  Prior to the auction, all lots are listed, photographed and entered onto our computerised accounts system, with an online and printed lot list/catalogue available.

If you have a large number of items to sell, or larger furniture items, please contact us prior to coming to ensure space availability. We do have a full local collection service should you need it (up to entire property contents) – you can contact us at any time for a free no-obligation collection quote, or to arrange an appointment for a valuer to visit you to appraise your items.

What can be sold?

All entries are invited and accepted for these sales, provided that all items comply with the relevant statutory requirements (please note that there are some restrictions on soft furnishings and potentially dangerous items, and all electrical items are subject to pre-sale safety testing at a small charge of £3 per item). The only proviso on entries is that we request for unsold lots to be removed by close of business on the day of the auction unless by prior arrangement.

What are the charges?

Commission is charged as a simple percentage of the sale price (currently charged at 18%, plus VAT, subject to a minimum commission of £1 per lot on all lots whether sold or unsold). As above, there is a small additional charge to undertake safety testing of electrical items. Vendor (seller) payments are made within seven days, with a full statement breakdown of the prices realised and charges incurred.

 

If you are unsure of likely sale value, or whether a particular item is suitable for sale, please don’t hesitate to ask. Simply pop along on the Thursday morning prior to sale and we’ll be pleased to give no-obligation advice, alternatively you can contact us online or by phone.

If you would like further details of entering items into our auctions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Directions to our General Auctions