Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CONSIGNING WITH MCMASTERS HARRIS APPLE TREE DOLL AUCTIONS
- Do the items I want to sell match your market?
For twenty years we have specialized in the sale of antique and vintage dolls, toys and related items. We like to say we always have a market for quality dolls from the 1850s through the 1950s. Digital photos and/or a list of your items will help us determine if the match is right. back to top
- Do you sell collections and antiques other than dolls?
Yes. Let us know what it is that you have in mind; we have the capabilities to sell everything from a few treasured pieces to an entire estate. back to top
- Will I have to make a list or take photos?
That is the best way for us to evaluate how well your items will sell at auction. A simple first step would be to fill out our quick and easy online consignment form. Digital photos emailed to our consignment department are of course, another way to start the process. back to top
- When will you become responsible for my items?
We are fully insured and become responsible for the care and safety of your items as soon as we take possession. back to top
- How will I get my items to you?
This may depend on the size, location and value of the collection and time considerations. In some cases we might travel to your location to pick up a collection; at other times we might offer guidelines on how to ship or deliver your items to us. back to top
- How will you account for the items consigned?
It is helpful for you to take group photos or make a simple list of your items. Once the items are in our possession, we will inspect them and create a comprehensive inventory, a copy of which will be sent to you before the items sell. For your records and ours, we generally photograph items as they are being packed. back to top
- How will my items be marketed?
Aggressively and extensively; we promote your treasures as if they were our own. Our auction market exposure is worldwide via the renowned bidding system of Invaluable.com. Our website attracts major attention and is a critical element at our disposal. Print media are used to inform and attract our loyal worldwide customer base. We also place ads in national trade publications. back to top
- How will my items be sold?
While Live Internet bidding is fast becoming a mainstay, we hold traditional live gallery auctions in our beautifully designed and appointed auction facility,in Newark, Ohio (just 25 miles east of Columbus). We also offer live Internet bidding through our web site, AuctionZip.com and Invaluable.com.
Our live gallery auctions also feature phone and absentee bidding options. back to top
- What is your policy on reserves?
You can always request a reserve on any of your high value items. However, it has been our experience that items sold without reserve create more interest, and therefore tend to receive more bids. back to top
- How long will it take to sell my items?
Typically we will sell your items within 3 months but our contract with you allows up to 6 months . Usually, once consigned, your items will be placed into the next appropriate live gallery and/or live Internet auction. Should you need even faster turn around we'll be sure to accomplish that as well. back to top
- Do you have a special account set up for my auction proceeds?
Yes. As mandated by Ohio State law, all consignor proceeds are placed into a trust account which is separate from our regular operating account. back to top
- How soon will my money become available to me?
Our prompt payment policy provides a check to the consignor within fourteen (14) business days of the auction. Call 740-877-5357 or email Mark at email@example.com for complete details. back to top