The Badger Farm, Winchester auction is full for 3rd May 2014

Auction at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester, Hampshire
Busy tables at our March auction with buyers eagerly anticipating a good sale at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester, Hampshire

It’s a first! We have had to close our doors to any more lots. All the tables are booked, the floor space is allocated to furniture and the hall will be full with bidders!

Please do not bring any items for sale on the day unless you have booked. Okay if its small and very valuable you might twist our arms but we do not have space for more furniture or whole tables of items.

If you want to see a selection of the items for sale on Saturday 3rd May at the Badger Farm community Centre, Winchester please look at Next auction – May 3rd – Please add photos of your lots.

Our next auction is 7th June at Itchen Abbas Village Hall. We are starting with a specialist cycles and related items section. There are already 100 lots booked in and this auction will commence at 1pm in the garden regardless of the weather. The general section will follow at 2pm as normal. We don’t take bookings for the next general auction until the current auction is complete.

The Itchen Abbas Village Hall - garden panorama
The Itchen Abbas Village Hall – garden panorama – Cycle auction takes place here

 

Next auction – May 3rd – Please add photos of your lots

We get several hundred visitors to this page prior to the auction. If you are bringing lots for sale on Saturday 3rd May, please upload photos and descriptions of the items on this page. It is not a requirement for submitting lots to the auction but it helps promote the auction in general and your lots in particular.

Its free to upload a good quality image and a short description using the comments section at the bottom of this page.
Please read these guidelines for descriptions and adding images of your lots. Your lot(s) have to be approved before they will become visible on this page. Please contact us if they do not appear within 24 hours.

Please continue to book your table space at the auction by phoning Claire or emailing the auction. See top of page.

Please note will already have many bookings for this auction. If you will be bringing items to sell, please contact Claire on 01962 734941

Visitors to this page please note:

  • The auctioneers have not seen the lots.
  • The descriptions and photos are provided by the sellers.
  • There is no guarantee they will be for sale until they are delivered on the morning of the auction.
  • This is not a catalogue.
  • We normally sell between 350 and 450 lots which all arrive on the day.

Bidding Etiquette and Conventions

Bidding at auction has a set of seemingly unwritten “rules” which I am now going to reveal by writing them down.

Firstly minimalist bidding is a feature of Lovejoy and other auction related programmes but next to useless for oak aged auctioneers such as ourselves. We “sell” you a bidding card for you to vigorously signal your bid.  Preferably do this against a dark background and at a height approaching that of a low flying drone.  Nods and winks, little flicks of the wrist, hiding behind other bidders and bidding with your left foot, will all fail to get our attention.  We are pretty good at filtering out coughs, sneezes, nose cleansing and nit removal but if you think we have taken a bid from you which was unintended please tell us ASAP.

Secondly don’t hang about.  If you bid first you will get the lot for the lowest possible price.  Anyone who bids after you will have to bid more than you. If you bid again you will still be getting it for the lowest possible price.  If you wait until the auctioneer says £5 and 25 people put their hands up, you may not get in the bidding (see third point).  If you entered a bid at £10 maybe only one other person would have joined in and be bidding against you. The other 23 people will have lost interest.  Once bidders have started they are more likely to carry on and out bid you.  Psych them out by bidding early.

Thirdly when there are multiple bids, the auctioneer will do their best to pick the first two bidders, bid them up and ignore everyone else.  They will only bring in fresh bidders when one of the first two, stops bidding.  Then its pot luck who they choose.  So reiterating my second point, bid early and not with the mostly ignored masses.

Fourthly auctioneers are acting for the sellers and their meaning in life is to get the maximum amount for each lot.  before you point it out, this benefits the auctioneers as well.   Sometimes the auctioneer has agreed a sensible reserve with the seller, sometimes sellers impose unrealistic reserves and sometimes the auctioneer believes it is not in theirs or the sellers best interest to sell a valuable item at a rock bottom price.  The auctioneer will attempt to get the bidding going and drive the bids towards the reserve.  Sometimes they will show some discretion and sell below the reserve.  They are permitted to bid up to the reserve but not beyond unless they intend to buy themselves (which they are also allowed to do). It’s the bidders choice about when they stop bidding. If an item does not sell, you may be able to negotiate a sale at the desk.

Fifthly if you are the winning bidder, hold you bidding card up high with the number facing the auctioneer and the right way up.  The auctioneers deliberately don’t remember the numbers during the bidding process because they could write the wrong number down on the selling sheet.  They are concentrating on spotting bidders and remembering the bidding  increments.  If you win hold your bidding card up high.  It will also help the auctioneer to spot if two people think they have won and sort it out!  Make sure the auctioneer calls out your number. If they don’t, shout.

Last but not least remember to include the buyers commission in your valuation of the lot.  At our auction it is currently 10% but at many large commercial auctions this can amount to 25% of the hammer price and with VAT on the commission for pre-owned items.  At auctions of new items this can approach 50% with VAT on the hammer price and commission.

I hope this has improved your understanding of the bidding process.  If you think I have missed something or have any questions please comment below.

More lots for our 7th June Cycle Auction

All lots have been moved to the section pages listed below in related items or via the Cycles menu.




On Saturday 7th June we are holding our first specialist section along with our standard general auction at Itchen Abbas Village. The theme is cycling and you can find more details on our Specialist Cycle Auction page.

Please call Andrew Wilcox on 01962 738534 or 07813 211451 or email cycles@auctionsinaday.co.uk to discuss if your lot(s) will be accepted or for any other questions.

Visitors to this page please note:

  • Please click the images to see a higher resolution version.
  • The auctioneers have not seen the lots.  However for lots listed upto 11 April they have all been seen by the auctioneer.
  • The descriptions and photos are provided by the sellers.
  • There is no guarantee they will be for sale until they are delivered on the morning of the auction.
  • This is not a catalogue at the moment.
  • We will also be selling between 350 and 450 lots in our general auction which all arrive on the day.
Please upload a focussed good quality image (Tip: Do not take photos with a bright or complex background), no greater than 1600 x 1200px or less than 300 x 225px and/or a short description using the comments section at the bottom of this page.

  • Insert your name, email, web site (a link to some general information about the item which does not identify the seller) and a good description of your item in the comment field. The more information you provide the more likely people searching on the WWW are to find it. e.g. ‘vintage bike’ versus ‘Road bike made by Holdsworth in the 1960s.  Fitted Campagnolo chain set and GB brakes. Frame size 27″ ‘
  • Then click “Browse” and navigate to the folder which has your picture in on your PC, double click the file name or select and click “open” in Windows File Explorer or equivalent. Check the file name has been entered in the field on the left hand side of the “Browse” button.
  • You can tick either or both of the “Notify me” boxes if you wish
  • Click “Submit Comment”.
  • Your photo and description has to be approved before it is displayed on this page. Your name and email address will not be visible.

Auction Report – 5 April 2014 – Top Sales

360 lots were up for sale at this Saturday’s auction. The quality and variety of the lots can be seen below in the top lots with more photos on the Auctions in a Day Flickr set.

Auction at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester 5 April 2014
Auction at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester 5 April 2014
Lot 77 - O Gauge Tinplate Rolling Stock - Sold for £50
Lot 77 – O Gauge Tinplate Rolling Stock – Sold for £50
Lot 79 - Large collection of Hornby trains, rolling stock. buildings and scenery - Sold for £40
Lot 79 – Large collection of Hornby trains, rolling stock. buildings and scenery – Sold for £40

Lot 82a - Victorian Brass 3 Drawer Telescope - Sold for £40
Lot 82a – Victorian Brass 3 Drawer Telescope – Sold for £40
Lot 130 - Military Bugle and other crested items inc. cigarette cases, mugs, bowls and hip flask - Sold for £50
Lot 130 – Military Bugle and other crested items inc. cigarette cases, mugs, bowls and hip flask – Sold for £50

Lot 140 - Edwardian Cast Iron Umbrella Stand - Sold for £50
Lot 140 – Edwardian Cast Iron Umbrella Stand – Sold for £50
Lot 212 - Swarovski Ballerina - Sold for £43
Lot 212 – Swarovski Ballerina – Sold for £43
Auction viewing at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester, Hampshire
Viewing before the auction