Adding quality furniture to the house is like adding a part of your own personality to your rooms. From different types of wood such as timber and oak, furniture can be manufactured in numerous designs and colours and these all appeal to varying styles and tastes.
As consumers, we have a tendency to go out to furniture stores and buy something brand new, but there are several advantages in not doing this. Have you ever considered buying furniture from an auction house? Not only is it more sustainable for the environment (resulting in less trees being cut down) but it also allows you to find unique pieces that aren’t simply boring off the shelf designs. Furthermore, older furniture was built in an era when quality was of the utmost importance. So, when you buy a particular piece, you know it will last through the generations.
If you choose to buy second hand retro or antique furniture from at auction, here are some tips to help you secure that perfect item.
Furniture Auction Tips
- The first and foremost thing to consider when buying a furniture piece or set is in inspecting its condition and durability. If it needs repair, how much will this cost? And will the pieces look good in your home?
- Keeping these things in mind, whenever you go to an auction where you know they are selling furniture that you’d like, be sure to determine your price budget. This ensures you don’t get caught up in a bidding frenzy. When your emotions take over it is possible to pay higher than you wanted.
- Be sure to also factor in the buyers’ premium. Most companies charge a 20% BP on top of the sale price so remember that what you are bidding is not the final amount you’ll pay. Be sure to budget accordingly.
- Abbeys Auctions and Philips Auctions are two of the leading venues for second hand, vintage, antique and retro furniture and their staff can definitely assist with more information on becoming a buyer.
- Buying imperial designed furniture from designer shops can really prove expensive when compared to items at auction. Second hand doesn’t mean cheap and as mentioned above, can actually be better quality than the more modern options.
- Whether it is a dining table, dresser, desk or bookcase, our aim is to purchase furniture that makes our home look more decorative and alluring. The best part of buying furniture in auctions is that it gives you a wide range of options to choose from and most importantly, the chance to secure a bargain if no-one else bids.
- Don’t show excitement. During the viewing times, if you find an item you really like, stay calm. You don’t want to display your intentions to other bidders. Calling attention to specific pieces can result in you increasing your competition. If other bidders didn’t notice your favourites at first glance, don’t give them a reason to go back for a second look.
- Make sure you check all the information about pickup and delivery. Some auction houses make you pick up the items within 24 hours, others give you longer. There may also be storage fees on top of the item cost if you don’t pick up in time.
- By going along to auctions, you can find furniture made from high quality wood and is designed by expert artisans. Custom furniture is very appealing but certain styles go out of fashion and you might get an item very cheap if it’s not “on trend”.
If you’re buying large pieces, they may not fit in your car. Renting a van or small truck can be costly and also tricky to drive (and I know this first hand). It can be better to hire a furniture removal company to do the job quickly and properly.
Classic Moves is a furniture removalist but so much more. They offer packing services and decluttering, which is very helpful if you’re looking to move home, not just buying furniture items at auction.
Whatever the case, buying furniture at auctions is a great way to obtain unique, high quality, affordable items for your home. If you follow the above tips, you will benefit largely from the sales auction houses have to offer.