Approval & Delivery of Items

How do I know if my items are suitable? – All furniture needs pre-approval before arriving at our auction rooms. This can be done via a physical appraisal, an email appraisal, or simply by bringing in some photographs for our staff to have a look at. Staff will then advise on suitability at auction and an estimated auction value. Smaller items that are easy to transport can be brought in for our staff to advise further on, or photographs/emails are always welcome as well.

When can I deliver items? – Items can be delivered every
Tuesday 1pm- 4.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am – 11.00am.

(where there is a long weekend, then Wednesday and Thursday only)

Transport – Visit our transport page here to view our recommendations


Commission rate and other charges

Commission rate – 20% (inc GST)
Lot offering fee of $3 (inc of GST) per lot offered,

Other charges

Dumping/disposal fee of $100 per item that is not saleable (inc GST)

Withdrawal fee of 20% of the reserve/guide or top absentee price or $25 (whichever is greater) per item withdrawn from auction.


Guides and Reserves

Guide prices will be accepted on any item valued for Auction over $200. Our valuers will assist you in setting reasonable and achievable price guides.

The Auctioneer has the discretion to accept an offer within 25% of the guide price i.e. guide of $400, auctioneer can accept $300 without consulting the vendor.

Items valued $200 or less will be offered and sold at the discretion of the Auctioneer for “best price” at the first auction.

Unsold items will automatically be re-entered into the next auction and the guide price will be reduced by 25%.  If the new adjusted guide is $200 or less then the item will be offered and sold at best price.

Reserves can be accepted on items valued over $500.
The reserve price is fixed and firm, offers will NOT be submitted below the reserve price.

Reserve is valid for one offering only, and will convert to a guide for the subsequent auctions.


When are the vendors paid?

Direct deposits, for our Monday Estate Auctions, are processed the Friday of the sale week.

Speciality Auction payments are processed the week following the Auction


Unsold items and those not suitable.

Items not suitable – Items delivered, either in person or by carrier that are not suitable for auction will be disposed of at your cost, which will be deducted from the proceeds of sale.

Items not suitable include

  • Whitegoods, Microwaves & other appliances,
  • CRT TV (analogue),
  • VCRs, DVDs & CDs
  • Contemporary Furniture that is scratched/damaged/broken and unsaleable,
  • all baby goods,
  • safety equipment (inc helmets etc),
  • any electrical item (with the exception of collectable radios, clocks etc),
  • stained/damaged rugs, carpet,
  • mattresses,
  • bedding,
  • office desks (with the exception of antique or antique style),
  • chipped or broken china and glassware,
  • magazines and
  • general kitchenware.

Unsold items – Will be automatically entered into the next appropriate Auction. Should you wish to withdraw an unsold item from Auction, you will need to remove the item(s) by Wednesday 5pm. Items not removed by this time will automatically be entered for the next Auction. If an item is removed after Wednesday 5pm you will be charged a removal fee of 20% of the guide price.

Unsold items will be offered a maximum of three (3) auctions with a guide (reserve/guide). The fourth auction the item will be offered and sold at the auctioneers discretion for best price. The onus is upon the vendor to remove the item prior to the fourth auction.


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