WHAT IS THE COST OF AN ON-SITE ASSESSMENT OR CONSULTATION?
FREE. One of our expert auctioneer will assess your estate items free of cost at your home or place of business, or at our gallery.
ESTATE SALE OR AUCTION CONSIGNMENT: WHICH IS MORE SUITABLE FOR ME?
An Estate Sale is an on-site sale (at your residence or place of business) in which we price, stage, advertise and sell in a retail format, with progressive discounts over a period of three to four days.
An Auction Consignment is the sale of select property at public auction based on a commission rate per item sold. The items, referred to as lots, are offered at our gallery and live online to thousands of potential buyers and collectors.
One is not better than the other. Choosing an estate sale or an auction consignment depends on a) the quality of the items, and b) how large the estate is. We love the enthusiasm and energy of estate sales, and they can be more affordable than an auction consignment because the cost of handling and moving property out of a home can be high, reducing the overall profits of the sale. Auction consignments, on the other hand, are better for items of higher value needing a broader exposure. In an auction, the focus is on each individual piece, and the marketing is more aggressive and targets thousands of potential buyers
I INHERITED A LARGE COLLECTION. WHAT IS IT WORTH?
We offer FREE valuations of single items or entire estates. During the visit, the estate specialist will assess the current market value of the entire collection. This informal valuation will educate you about the value of your items and will help you decide the best venue for selling them.
DO YOU ONLY SELL ANTIQUES? WHAT ABOUT OTHER HO– USEHOLD FURNISHINGS?
No. While we specialize in antiques and high-end collectibles, our multiple selling services allows us to handle entire estates. In general, we advise that the more substantial items be sold by auction, while the remainder of the furnishings and household items are offered through an estate sale at the residence. Or, if the client prefers, we buy entire estates. See our Estate Sales page for more information.
WHAT KINDS OF ITEMS DO YOU SELL?
Antique Jewelry, Jewelry, Coins, Silver, Lighting, Couture, Collectibles, Memorabilia, Vintage Vehicles, Heavy Duty Equipment, and any kind of personal or estate property.
I WANT TO SELL MY ITEMS BY AUCTION. WHAT IS THE COMMISSION RATE?
Our auction commissions are tailored to each situation and are based on the quality of the item/s. The rate may be as low as 10% percent.
DO ALL ITEMS HAVE THE SAME COMMISSION TERMS (I.E., JEWELRY VS. LARGE FURNITURE)?
No. We offer sliding-scale commissions, which allow us to charge a more flexible commission based on the value of each piece, not the overall consignment. Also, some categories such as jewelry, porcelain, artwork, and silver require less labor, allowing us to offer a lower rate.
WHAT DOES YOUR COMMISSION INCLUDE?
Our rates as of June 2017 include all sale-related expenses such as cataloguing, photography, online listings, advertising, etc. – No hidden Fees
DOES YOUR GALLERY ACCEPT MINIMUMS OR RESERVES?
Yes, for items valued at $500 or more, we allow sellers to specify a minimum or reserve bid in line with the item’s expected market value. Our auctioneer can provide a low-high estimate, based on similar items sold and the current state of the market, to help the seller understand what price they can expect.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY ITEM DOES NOT SELL?
75% of lots find a home. However, if the item does not meet your minimum, we can reoffer it or you can retrieve it immediately after the sale.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Class Act Auctioneers, Inc. is conveniently located Tarpon Springs Florida. Our auctions take place the second Friday of the month.
HOW DO YOU ADVERTISE YOUR AUCTIONS?
- Online listing services on renowned platforms such as Invaluable.com, eBay Live, Auctionzip.com, and Classactauctions.com
- Dedicated email blast to potential buyers
- Advertised on Social Media Outlets
- Promotional material at our Auction Gallery and Estate Sale Venues
DOES THE GALLERY TRANSPORT THE ITEMS OR DO I BRING THEM TO YOU?
Whichever option works best for you. Our professional movers are happy to assist with handling and transportation to our showroom. However, if you are able to bring the items to us, we will be able to offer you a lower commission rate.
CAN I SUBMIT PHOTOS OF MY ITEMS TO FIND OUT IF THEY ARE SUITABLE FOR AUCTION?
Of course! We welcome photos and information sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or on our contact us form. We understand that photos don’t always do justice to individual items, but they are a fast and convenient starting point. Normally we will reply to your email or simply call you to discuss your items within 24 to 48 hours.
Note: we do our best to respond quickly, but please keep in mind that we receive several inquiries daily.
DO YOU HOST ONLINE AUCTIONS?
Absolutely. We support our auctions with simultaneous online bidding, which allows us to receive offers in real time from participants who cannot or choose not to be present during the sale.