Sellers' Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can Tumbleweed Auction provide me with just an on-site estate sale or tag sale?
A: We recommend the auction method of marketing because we feel it brings a diverse audience and creates an exciting atmosphere. Our automated system allows for accurate and timely accounting. At the end of the auction, all items are removed.
Q: Are you licensed?
A: Arizona does not require an auctioneering license. Tumbleweed Auction is a member of the National Auctioneers’ Association with designations as Certified Auctioneers’ Institute I, II and III, Certified Estate Specialist, The Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce and is a licensed business authorized to conduct sales in all municipalities where auctions are held.
Q: What are your fees?
A: As a policy we do not publicly advertise our fee schedule and consignment rate. We encourage anyone considering selling items at auction to contact us before making a decision to contract with any other provider. We will go over all costs involved to sell items at auction as well as what services we provide and the many benefits of doing business with us.
Q: Do you sell at your items at auction with reserves?
A: Typically you will get more for items sold without a reserve. A no reserve auction creates an incomparable atmosphere and will realize a higher sale rate than items with a reserve.
Q: What does absolute and no reserve mean?
A: An absolute or no reserve auction means that the items for sale are sold to the highest bidder regardless of price and with no contingencies.
Q: Do you handle forced sales and bankruptcies?
A: Yes, we are experienced at handling theses situations.
Q: Can I bring my items to you to sell rather than my location?
A: Yes, we can arrange for pick up of your items and sell them for you.
Q: How long does it take to get my auction booked?
A: Typically it requires four to six weeks preparation before holding the auction. This allows sufficient time to get the items inventoried and also get the word out about the auction. Advertising is one of the most important steps of having a successful auction.
Q: Why have an auction instead of just selling at a yard sale style or liquidation sale?
A: Auctions typically get fair market value for your items. An auction also saves you time and labor and is the most stress free way of selling items.
Q: Can you have the auction at my deceased family members’ home?
A: Absolutely, we specialize in the on-site auction of Estates, business liquidations, real estate, personal property, antiques and collectibles.