Buyers Frequently Asked Questions

How do I buy from Halfway Auctions?

Simply follow these easy steps

  1. Firstly you must register with us and we issue you with a Bidders number. This is free of charge at Halfway Auctions.
  2. You then look around the auction room during the viewing period, making a note of any items you want to bid on. We also suggest you make a note of the limit you wish to spend per item.
  3. Once the auction is underway and the item you wish to bid on is announced, raise your bidders card or catalogue to indicate to the auctioneer that you are bidding. If you are outbid and wish to continue bidding again indicate to the auctioneer that you are bidding. Please note that there is a 15% + VAT buyers premium charged on each lot.
  4. If you have successfully purchased any lots and you decide to leave, please settle your account in the office where you will be given a receipt.
  5. You hand this receipt to a porter at the packing area who will collect your items from the saleroom for you.
  6. Feel free to use any packaging provided to ensure your items are safe and secure.
What if I cannot attend the auction?

Simply pick up a catalogue and a bidding slip or ask a member of staff for one during viewing. Fill the slip in with the item number, your maximum bid and contact details and hand to a member of staff. Ring the day after the sale to see if your bid is successful, and arrange a collection time.

What if I cannot attend the viewing and the auction?

We always urge people to try to view the items so they are happy with what they are bidding for. If you are unable to attend the viewing and the auction, you can view the catalogue of items (with pictures) on this website or/and call a member of staff who will be happy to describe the item and answer any questions you may have. We can then fill in a bidding slip for you and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf, we will then notify you if you are successful the next day.

Can I bid over the phone?

Yes we will accept phone bids on any items. We will contact you approximately five lots prior to the item you are interested in.

What if I am unable to collect the item?

If you are the successful purchaser of any lots we can arrange transport or posting of the item. This service is at your cost. Please contact us before the day of sale to give the relevant information.

How Can I Pay?

We accept cash, credit and debit cards (all card payments carry a 2% banking charge). We can take payments by post but please do not send cash through the post. (Large amounts will have to be arranged before bidding).

Vendors Frequently Asked Questions

How can I sell my items at Halfway Auctions?

Simply follow these easy steps

  1. Wrap up all valuables and/or breakables so they cannot be damaged in transit.
  2. Call in at Halfway Auction House on Tuesday & Wednesday between 1pm - 5pm. 
  3. Unwrap all your items and place on the tables provided.
  4. Once your items are unwrapped, a member of staff will come and appraise them and advise on auction prices and reserves and the best sale in which to place them. If you are happy with this advice and wish to place your items in a sale, you will be given an itemised receipt.
  5. Alternatively, if you are happy to complete your own form, fill in the descriptions of your items on the forms provided, with your reserves. (if you are unsure of the description or how much reserve to put please ask a member of staff who will advise you).
  6. Leave your items with Halfway Auctions.
  7. Cash can be collected on the Tuesday or Wednesday after the sale 1pm - 5pm or a cheque for your sold items will be sent on request.
  8. All unsold items are to be collected by Wednesday at the latest  (1pm -5pm) after the sale, if not a storage charge of 1 per lot, per day will be charged
What if I cannot come in Tuesday or Wednesday ?

If you are unable to attend within the opening times due to your location, quantity of items or other circumstances, please call Halfway Auctions on 07508 427 088 who will be happy to discuss other possibilities such as a home visit. Alternatively, email attaching a jpeg photograph and short description for an initial assessment of your item by return email. If you are interested in progressing to sell your item at auction, a proper valuation of it is highly advisable and can be arranged to suit your needs.

How much will it cost?

£1 per lot + VAT entered into the sale. There is also a commission of 15% + VAT on the sale price.All electrical items are to be PAT tested at .80p + VAT

What if my items are unsold?

We will contact you the day after the sale and discuss the options with you. Company policy states that we generally will not re-enter unsold items in the next sale unless agreed with the auctioneer. There is an unsold fee of £1.00 per lot + VAT.

How do you promote my items for sale?

All items are photographed and uploaded with detail descriptions onto our website each Friday, enabling customers to view items for sale on the Monday. We also share promote our 'Top 5 Lots' on our facebook page each week.

Vendor and Buyer terms and conditions

If you have any other questions about buying or selling at Halfway Auctions please contact us directly