Buying at Auction

Buying at Auction is a great way to furnish your new home, or to find that special piece for your collection.

- Are you furnishing a new home on a budget?

- Looking for that special decorative item to give your room a unique look?

- Would you like to contribute to reducing waste and help protect our environment?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then you should consider buying at auction.

Make your budget stretch further
Every week at Abbeys Auctions we offer 100's of beautifully made, high quality pre-loved furniture and decorator items just waiting to find their way to your home. Typical auction prices for pre-loved furniture are a fraction of what you would expect to pay at a new retailer, so you can afford get the things that you really love.

A clever & sustainable way to re-use quality furniture
Our furniture comes from a variety of places, including from clients who are redecorating, downsizing or relocating as well as from companies who are clearing excess stocks or display furniture.

Huge variety every week
The wide range of styles on offer means that there is sure to be something to suit every taste or decor plan. Every week we have a different selection, so if your perfect item is not in this week's auction, you'll only need to watch the catalogues for a few weeks and it will be sure to pop up.

Plan your purchases and buy with confidence
Abbeys weeklyEstate auctions are available for online bidding with a catalogue and photos published every Wednesday night.

You can have a look at the furniture in person at our Burwood rooms during the viewing days, or call us for extra info or measurements. See our catalogue for viewing times at Abbeys Burwood.

Then plan your bidding every Friday by participating in person at our auction rooms, placing a pre-bid online or when the auction is underway hear the action and bid live online on your phone, tablet or computer.

Enjoy your new things straight away.
Purchases can be collected on the day of the sale and we also offer a delivery service. No need to wait weeks for orders to be made, or spend hours making up flat pack budget furniture.

How To Buy at Auction

Abbeys Auctions are open to the general public.

Register: Obtain a bidding number by registering online or at our rooms by completing a registration card and providing photo ID.

View: Inspect goods at our rooms prior to the auction or call us for a condition report or video viewing. Obtain a catalogue at our office or online. We can provide an estimate of what we expect an item to bring at auction, however as with any Public Auction, the actual price on the day will be determined by the bidders in the room. Often it is helpful to have plan of how much you are willing to pay before bidding.

Bid: Bid online, Come to the sale to bid, leave an absentee bid with our office, or book a phone bid. If you are unsure about how to bid our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Collect:Collect your items on Auction Day or no later than 2 business days following the auction, or have them delivered. Weekend deliveries can be arranged.

Charges: A Buyers Premium of 18% (incl GST) applies to all purchases and is added to the bid price. The sale is conducted on a GST inclusive basis. (Note: The Buyer Premium will differ for some auctions so please check the Auction catalogue for applicable charges information)

Bid Live Online

We now offer live online bidding for some Special Auctions.
See the Auction Calendar for details.

Click here to register for live online bidding

Your goods will be delivered to your door. Here’s how it works….

All deliveries will be contactless

During COVID-19 restrictions deliveries will be made without the need for a signature acknowledgement. For most deliveries we will not be entering your premises. You will need to make arrangements to take your items inside. For parcel deliveries we will also assume an authority to leave them at your property unless otherwise instructed by you.

Small packages and boxes

We reccommend Sendle as a low cost option for parcel deliveries. Sendle offers a parcel tracking service and will communicate directly with you via SMS or email to advise of your delivery status. Deliveries are usually collected from Abbeys on the next business day and should be delivered to most parts of Australia within 7 days.

Furniture and large orders with multiple boxes

Your bulk items will be delivered by the Abbeys team or our engaged carriers. Delivery will usually occur in the week following the auction. Weekend deliveries can be arranged.

What will my delivery cost?

Call us before the auction and we will provide a delivery cost estimate on your items of interest. We provide boxes and packaging materials and will do our best to ensure your goods can safely transit to you.
For some items we may suggest that you engage a specialist carrier to ensure your goods are transported appropriately. This may include fragile glassware, fine artwork and pianos. We recommend Pack’N’Send for specialist items.

Two fees will apply to small parcels:

(A) The base handling charge will be $15 per lot - we will confirm all charges with you once your purchased lots have been assessed. For some orders we may need to vary the handling fee to reflect the complexity of the task - particularly for breakable items.

(B) Specific postage or courier costs will charged to you at actual cost to us (no markup).

Costs for furniture or multi-box deliveries by truck will be quoted base on time.

What about insurance?

It is the buyer’s responsibility to arrange insurance.
In order to keep your costs down, all parcels and boxes will be sent without insurance unless you let us know otherwise. Please tell us if you require insurance and we will quote and arrange this for you. For smaller items we suggest Australia Post which has an insurance option.
Goods delivered by Abbeys carriers are insured for damage or loss under our company insurance. Insurance value will be based on auction value.

Can I arrange someone else to collect my goods for me?

Yes, Collection is strictly by appointment. Please call us to make arrangements.

What if my goods are damaged?

Despite everyone's best efforts, sometimes damage does occur. We do not accept responsibility for goods once they have left our care. However if damage does occur in transit, please call us within 24 hours of receipt and we'll do our best to sort it for you.

Please call us for more information.
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