If you're new to auctions, there's nothing to fear. This step by step guide will show you just how easy it is to find, scout, and participate in a live auction.
- Find an Auction. Use our auction locator to find an auction nearby. You can even search for specific types of auctions, if you're just looking for antiques,
- Preview the Auction. Many auctions let you preview what is going on the auction block a few days or even weeks in advance. Once you've located the auction you
want to attend, call the auctioneer or auction house to see if they will have a preview date.
- Arrive Early. On the day of the auction, try and get there early enough to register and get a good seat. It's not only important for you to be able to see the
auctioneer, but for the auctioneer to be able to see you.
- Inspect. Carefully inspect any items you're interested in. Are they damaged? Do you see other people looking at the same items? How much competition
does it look like you're up against?
- Set a Price. What are you willing to bid? You should have a number in mind, so you don't go way over your budget in the heat of the moment. Don't forget to
include your total costs, like repairs, decorations, fees, and delivery charges. Use the bidder's package you were given if you were given one at registration.
- Bid. Have fun! Carefully follow the auction and get a feel for who you're bidding against. And remember, the maximum bid you're willing to make is just
that; a maximum. Don't jump to that number unless it's necessary. You might very well get the item you want for much less.
- Pay. If you win, find the Bookkeeper or Clerk and take care of your bill. You can also arrange for delivery at this time.