Our Mode of Operation
We are a hands-on Auction Company. We pick up the merchandise, clean it if necessary, photograph it, describe it, pack it for shipping to the auction site, unpack it and set it up for preview. As the auctioneer, Mike has handled the auction items at least 6 times before he gets up on the stage to sell it. Therefore, unlike auctioneers that fly in the night before the auction, He knows exactly what he is selling and can honestly reflect his knowledge of the items to the audience. We feel this alone will get at the very least an additional 10% hammer price for our consigners.
Our Marketing & Advertising Expertise:
Mike was in the Marketing and Advertising business from 1970 to 1997. He designs all of the Trade Publication ads, flyers and catalogs for each of the auctions. We run a full color, full page ad in top 7 major Antique and Collectibles Trade Publications in the U.S. We also mail and distribute over 5,000 flyers approximately 2 months prior to each auction and mail out Over 500 catalogs 1 month prior to each auction. Also, we send out Online Newsletters to over 500,000 email addresses 2 weeks prior to each auction. All of these components put together has helped us get between 200 and 300 people to attend our auctions. As much as twice as many as our major competitors.
Our Bidders Support:
In addition to live bidding at the auction site, bidders can bid live by phone or live on the Internet thru Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. We have had as many as 3,500 people signed up to bid online. or leave absentee bids prior to the auction.
Showtime Auction Services holds many records in prices realized of several categories of Antiques and Collectibles. Please view the “Record Prices” page of this site for examples
Unless you are chosen to be our Featured Collector, we will not divulge the name(s) of any of our consigners.
We offer a reasonable and competitive commission to all of our consigners. Our commission rate is a FLAT rate and you will not incur any other hidden fees unlike other auction houses that charge you for advertising, cleaning, storage, etc.
We will arrange all shipping from your location to our climate controlled warehouse or the auction site. Your items will be professionally packed and shipped and you will incur only the actual cost with no markup.
We carry insurance on all of the items we have in our possession beginning from the time we pick them up to the time the ownership is transferred to the winning bidder.
Showtime Auction Services will pay generous fees to anyone informing us of a significant collection being considered for the auction arena and eventually being contracted with us. Call us anytime at one of the numbers listed on our home page.
We promise that we will exercise 100% of our knowledge and energy in the most of professional manners to make your experience with us a profitable and enjoyable one. Many of our consigners have become cherished friends and we stay in contact with nearly all of them.