Tips for Saleroom Novices

20th January 2016

We have all watched television programmes about selling and buying items at auction. People are always nervous on their first visit to a saleroom, convinced if they sneeze they will end up carrying home an antique or some other treasures. Thomson Roddick have recently been filmed by both the BBC and ITV.

Auction rooms are no longer the preserve of hardened antique dealers lurking behind a pillar hoping to snatch a bargain. We endeavour to have a welcoming and warm environment, welcoming families (with well-behaved children).  

Salerooms all hold viewing days when it is possible to go along and have a look at what is on offer, our viewing days are the day prior. It is also possible  to view certain auctions online and bid from the comfort of your armchair, but it is important to be sure of what you are bidding for.

Take your time and carefully look at what is on offer, including the condition.  There are always helpful staff on hand to provide advice.

Make a note of the items you are interested in and the maximum amount you want to pay, remember that auction houses charge a buyer’s premium, which is added on to the hammer price.

Register at the office and receive a paddle, which is your unique number to bid with at that auction, so unless you raise the paddle, the auctioneer will not take your bid.

The lot will be shown on a screen at the front of the auction room you then raise your paddle to bid which, if you are successful, you are free to take away you have paid your bill.  If you don’t get your lot that day there is always another sale.

Happy hunting!