Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Helpful Information on how to bid in the upcoming Towne House Collection auction.

Here's a quick rundown of what you need to know for the upcoming auction.    Thanks to Steve Turner at Briggs Auction for putting together some FAQs that may come in handy for people who are n't familiar with how an auction works.  One interesting fact that I wasn't aware of, is that you can participate via absentee and phone bids.

Briggs Auction, Inc. - Towne House Collection FAQs

When is the Auction?
The auction will be held at the Towne House in Media, over two days: Saturday,  January 9, and Sunday, January 10. Start time on Saturday is 10am; start time on Sunday is Noon. Doors open one hour prior, each day.

When can I preview the items to be sold?
The auction preview is Friday, January 8 from noon - 7pm at the Towne House.  Listings and photos will be posted on the Briggs Auction, Inc. website (BriggsAuction.com) continuously from now until the auction.

How will everything be sold?
Everything in the Towne House Collection will be sold at auction, to the highest bidder for each item. Nothing can be purchased outright either before or after the auction.

How do I bid?
You'll need to register for a bidder's number with your driver's license and phone number. You may register during the auction preview and on both days of the auction at any time, even if the auction is in progress.

What should I know before I bid?
You are responsible for examining all merchandise to determine its condition.  Everything in the auction will be sold AS IS, with no guarantees.

Can I bid on items without being present at the auction?
Yes, we will accept absentee and telephone (live) bids. The minimum bid amount for an absentee bid is $25; for a telephone bid: $100.

What forms of payment are accepted?
Payment in full is required the day of the auction. We accept cash, personal check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and debit cards.

Are there any extra fees?
Like most auction houses, we do charge a buyer's premium (a percentage of the selling price) that is added to the purchase price of each item. The buyer's premium for this auction will be 15%. The 6% PA sales tax will also be added to the purchase price, including the buyer's premium, unless you provide us with a valid tax exemption number.

How/when do I get my items?
All merchandise will be held until paid for. Upon payment, you will be directed to our merchandise pickup area where our staff will assist you. Plan to bring your own boxes and paper for packing. If you are unable to take your items on the days of the auction, the Towne House will be open by appointment only for merchandise pick up until Wednesday, January 13th. All items must be removed by this date.

To schedule a pickup time please contact Stephen Turner at (610) 566-3138.

Any other questions, contact Briggs Auction, Inc: (610) 566-3138 or


  1. Thanks.

    A couple questins:

    1. Will buyers know what items will be sold on which day? Is there any sequence for order of item?

    2. Is the total cost 21% higher than the winning bid or is the sales tax added after the premium?

    1. Thanks for posting your questions, as others may find it useful too. I'll see If I can get them answered and will update the page. Thx