Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appraisal?
First of all, what is the appraisal for? If you’re just curious or interested in selling or consigning the item, usually a verbal evaluation is all you need. But if you need to know an item’s value for insurance purposes or the division of an estate (for example), then you probably need a written appraisal.
How do I consign an item (or items) for one of your auctions?
Just give us a call or send us an email; we’ll talk about what you have, how best to sell your items, and answer any questions you may have.
How soon will I be paid for my consignments?
For in-person, live auctions you can expect to be paid within ten days after auction’s end. For online auctions, payments are generally made 30-45 days after auction’s end. Online auctions need longer to reconcile due to payment, shipment and acceptance of wares being offered.
Do you buy items or estates?
We do! Please contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment.
What sort of items are you looking for?
The best-selling items are, naturally, items that are desirable and valuable. We are always interested in jewelry, coins, sterling silver, fine art, antique furniture, oriental rugs. Generally speaking, if items were expensive when they were new, then there’s usually a strong second market for them.
How do you advertise or promote your auctions?
Depending upon the method of auction (in person, in person with online bidding or solely online bidding) determines how and where we advertise the auction. If it is online only then our local advertising isn’t as important. If it is in person only then of course our strategies have to change.
Some of the advertising that we do for all of our events are a group of emails starting about 2 weeks from the date of the auction. We have an email list of nearly 3,000 buyers who have opted into our list specifically to know what we are selling, when we are selling it and how. Of course the auction is featured on our website’s homepage and events page.
We advertise all of our events on our Facebook page that has over 1,500 fans. Again, these are people who are particularly interested in our business and offerings. We have not bought lists or names. These are honest to goodness buyers who have an interest in our company.
We also run some sort of ad in the KC Star. The size of which will be determined by asset value and method of liquidation. We place ads online in several other locations as well.
Where are your auctions held?
We hold online auctions on our own website or on iGavel. We are proud to be an iGavel Associate, where we belong to an exclusive online network of auction houses, dealers and appraisers that have a proven history of high-quality service and integrity. In-person live auctions can be held in a number of venues. In the past we have had auctions on-site and at the KCI Expo Center.