While our staff here at Nash Auctions Inc. handles most of the grunt work involved in selling your
consignment or estate goods, there are a few things you can do to make the sale go more smoothly
and ultimately put a few more dollars in your pockets, and be happier at the end of the day.
It should go without saying, but the better your merchandise looks in the auction, the better it's likely
to sell. Items that have been disused or kept in storage for long periods of time are likely to be dirty.
Get out the vacuum cleaner and get the dust off of the upholstered furniture. If the upholstery has an
odor, invest in a bottle of Febreeze. Wipe down and maybe give the wooden furniture a shot of Pledge
or Orange Glow. Give the glassware a bath if it's dingy with kitchen film. Make it sparkle! These small
chores won't take long and will help potential bidders envision how good your items will look in their
The same goes for pieces in need of touch up or repair. Be sure the legs on all furnishings are tight.
Get some Old English and go over pieces that are scratched or scuffed. Take the time before your
goods go to the auction to do the minor repairs, touch up, and clean up. It pays off in the end.
Remember, no one at the auction is shopping for a project.
We urge all of our sellers to maintain realistic expectations as to what any item will sell for in our
auction. Chances are you're selling used or second hand goods. That's perfectly fine, but in most cases
you shouldn't expect to get the price of new merchandise for used. Many items in our homes go in and
out of style or fashion almost yearly. While that 1980's Herculon plaid sofa for example, may still be
perfectly serviceable, but it's dated and out of style today so likely won't generate a great deal of
Many items to be sold, especially in estate sales have a great deal of sentimental value to friends and
family members. You just might love that pair of lamps because you remember them in Grandma's
living room. But remember, she was your grandmother and not our bidders' grandmother. Sentimental
value almost never translates into dollars at sale time.
Make good decisions about what to consign to the auction. Again, it's something that should go
without saying, but some things just aren't salable. Items that are too badly damaged to be
serviceable, unless they may have some salvage value are a good example. Appliances that don't work,
furniture that's been dog chewed or is otherwise just worn out, and picture tube style TV sets are good
examples of goods that typically do not sell. The same goes for home computers a year old or more.
They're simply obsolete. Items left over from garage sales are another example of goods that perform
poorly. After all, if it wouldn't bring 25¢ at a yard sale it's likely not going to sell here either. Allowing
us to focus on selling your quality goods will result in a better pay off after the sale while those other
items are probably best discarded or donated to your local charitable thrift store.
During and after the sale focus on the big picture instead of single items. Many times folks become
upset when one or another item sells at a price below what was expected, while ignoring the fact that
some other item brought much more than was ever imagined. Our experience is that on the whole,
your consignments will bring as a lot, about what they should. Talk to our auctioneer before sale day if
you have concerns about any specific items.
|Tips for successful selling in our auction
|Nash Auctions Inc.
947 N. NC Hwy 343
South Mills, NC 27976
NC Auction Firm 9615
(Firm Licensee: Brenda Nash)
Auctioneer: Ted Nash
Licensed - Bonded
References available on request
phone: 252.771.5583 or 252.340.3313
|How will my merchandise be offered on sale day?
A great deal of effort goes into setting up our auctions. Merchandise from separate consignors must be grouped
together, items numbered and recorded in our computer system, photographed for advertisements, and displayed.
Many items have value and interest enough to be sold individually. Other items may me of marginal value or limited
interest. This occurs most frequently when selling estates where we may be tasked with selling the entire contents of
someone's home. In cases of less valuable goods we frequently group them with other similar items in a combination
lot or what's commonly known as a box lot. Offering several items together this way helps move the sale along
smoothly and ultimately increases the return to the seller. Occasionally an item offered individually may fail to garner
a bid. In such cases the auctioneer may opt to combine it with an additional item belonging to the same seller or to
"no-sale" the item using his best judgment as to what best benefits the seller.
You may want to set "reserves", or minimum bids below which an item won't be sold, on some pieces that carry a
particularly high value. Again, we urge you to be realistic. Reserves can be a turn off on sale day, and you may incur
a "no sale fee" for those items failing to attain their minimum bids. This is where it's especially important do business
with an auctioneer and an auction firm that have established a reputation for honesty and integrity. At Nash Auctions
Inc. we make it a point to work in the best interest of our sellers. Our auctioneer will decline bids that are insulting to
the value of your good merchandise. We're here to sell your goods for a fair price, not to give them away. Items that
fail to sell may, at the seller's discretion, be retained by the auction firm to be offered again at a future sale, or may
be returned to the seller.