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Prospective Consignors

A Prospective Consigner's Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an auction and will it work for me?

  • A public auction is an opportunity where private individuals can sell property. At an auction bidders will receive a bidder number after registering with the auction. They will then use the bidder number to bid on items that are placed up for auction by the auctioneer. The bidders will raise their card to place a bid with the auctioneer. A bid is a verbal contract between the bidder and the auctioneer. When the auctioneer declares that the item is sold the responsibility to secure and pay for the item goes to the highest bidder.

Why should I choose an auction?

  • Auctions are a fast efficient method of selling your items. An auction yields fair market value for your item(s). Auctions are also opened to the public allowing all interested parties to participate.

What is my first step in consigning my item(s) or estate to Big South?

  • A representative of Big South will determine which auction your item(s) or estate would be most appropriate to be sold. Provide photographs, a description of the item(s) or estate, or bring the item(s) in to be viewed to further assist in sale determination. For large estates or collections we can examine the items on-site. Based on the examination of the item we can estimate a sale value range.

How can I get my property to Big South Auction & Antiques?

  1. You can bring the item(s) in yourself.
  2. Independent Delivery Service. We work with several independent delivery services. These services can provide delivery of your item(s) for a fee. This fee must be paid upfront by the consignor to the delivery service.
  3. Big South Auction can pick the estate up personally if you have a large estate. If you have a large estate or large collection that needs to be evaluated before delivery, a representative may come on-site to determine what item(s) of the estate to accept on consignment. Big South can then pack and deliver the estate or collection.
  • Big South Auction will work with the consigner to determine the most cost effective and appropriate form of delivery for the estate or items.

Are there any other expenses I will have to pay?

  • There is no registration fee to be a consigner. The only fees that will need to be paid are delivery fees.

How does Big South advertise my estate or items?

  • Auctionzip.com : Big South advertises their sale using Auctionzip.com. Auctionzip is an online directory of live auction listings. Auctionzip attracts more than 25 million visitors.
  • Post Calls: Big South uses the voice broadcasting system, post calls, to call and mass market their sales to their 1,500 contacts.
  • Email: Big South sends mass emails at least twice a week before the sale. These emails are sent to our 3,000 email contacts.
  • Other advertisement: If we believe that any other forms of advertisement are suitable for your estate or items (newspaper ads, TV, magazine, ect..) appropriate forms of advertisement will be used.

How and when can I expect my payment?

  • Payments will be paid by check and will be sent in the mail to the consigner. Big South strives to get payments in the mail 16-20 days after the DATE the estate or items go through the auction. However, it may take up to 30 days for checks to be sent in the mail.

What will my invoice look like?

  • Sometimes during a sale we must box lot items together or sell items for one money. When an item is sold this way a consigner invoice may not be itemized specic to each single individual item. Due to the grouping of items during an auction your invoice may show a line item "Glassware-One Money" instead of each individual piece of glassware.

Please contact Big South Auction & Antiques for further questions about your next estate or consignment!