The Carl Johnson Co.

FAQ

WHY AUCTION WITH US?

  • The fairest marketplace is a public auction!

  • Whether it’s one item or an entire estate, our auctioneers are here to provide the best experience to both the buyer and seller.

  • We provide our clients with a full printout of every item and the price that each item was sold.

 
Our pros have been auctioneering since 1950.

Our pros have been auctioneering since 1950.

 

COMPARE US TO ESTATE LIQUIDATORS

  • Fair market value for every item.

  • All items are sold and nothing is overpriced that is taken afterwards.

  • Public accounting that is fair, legal, and sales tax is collected.

  • Receipt provided for all items sold with each price.

  • Nothing sold “under the table” to friends or employees.

  • All items are displayed, pictured and uploaded to auction website to attract buyers from all over the country.

  • You are able to view all your items online.

  • Sale is conducted in ADA compliant and insured facility.

 
We still use the same auction area where Carl Johnson once auctioned livestock.

We still use the same auction area where Carl Johnson once auctioned livestock.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What items can I bring in to be auctioned off?

  • Antiques and Vintage Items

  • Jewelry and Watches (fine and costume)

  • Sterling Silver

  • Furniture in Good Condition

  • Cast Iron

  • Garden Decor

  • Furniture

  • Tools

  • Bikes

  • Cars/Boats/RVs

  • Art/Glass Art

  • Statuary

  • Wood Items and Solid Wood Furniture

  • Home Decor

  • Current Appliances/Electronics

  • Power Tools (current and working)

  • China and Glassware (must be complete sets of at least 8)

 
  • Clocks

  • Collectibles

  • Tent/Camping Equipment

  • Sports Memorabilia

  • Coins

  • Redwood/Burl/Exotic Woods

  • Gems/Minerals

  • Native American Items

  • Local Items

  • Pottery

  • Stained Glass

  • Knives/Swords

  • Musical Instruments

  • Wool Blankets

  • Art Supplies

  • Sporting Goods

What items CANNOT be brought in to be auctioned?

  • Any items broken, dirty, or damaged.

  • Mattresses

  • Garage Sale Leftovers (i.e. stereo cabinets, entertainment cabinets, etc.)

  • Particle Board RTA Furniture

  • Medical Equipment

  • Exercise Equipment

  • Outdated Electronics and Cabinets

  • Vacuums (unless clean canister or Roomba)

  • Boxes of Junk/Misc. Glassware

  • EXCEPTIONS: VINTAGE or VALUABLE

What is the commission?

  1. Over $500: will be negotiated.

  2. Over $25: you get 65% and Carl Johnson Co. gets 35%.

  3. Items selling for less than $25: 50% commission.

How often do you hold auctions?

Generally twice a month, but up to four times monthly. We will occasionally add special auctions like Sheriff’s Surplus, antiques, cars, or business liquidations. Our schedule can be found on our website, or picked up in store.

 
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Do you pick up items for auction?

Yes, we pick up estates, as well as large furniture items. Please call for more information. No up-front fee will be charged. Any fees are clearly explained, given to you in writing, and then taken off of your auction proceeds.

When can I drop off items for the auction?

Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, except on auction days.

It’s my first time at a live auction, what do I do?

  1. PREVIEW: Please preview the auction items before the auction begins. Entry and registration are free, so you will only pay for what you have won in the auction!

  2. REGISTRATION: Next, register as a Buyer at the Auction Cashier’s Window. The Cashier Window is located next to the auction ring across from the Snack Bar. Please provide a valid address and phone number when registering.

  3. BUYER’S NUMBER AND BIDDING: Once you have registered, you will get a Buyer’s Number. Show this number to the Auctioneer when you make a bid for something you want. The bidder is responsible for knowing which items he or she is bidding on. All sales are FINAL!

  4. WINNING: If you are the highest bidder, the Auctioneer will shout, “Sold!” and say your Buyer Number, and you immediately become the owner. At this point, you are obligated to pay for the item at your winning bid price, plus the Buyer’s Premium and sales tax. You may continue bidding on items throughout the auction and pay for all the items you have won at one time before you leave.

  5. PAYMENT: Everything must be paid for in full the day of the sale regardless of when you pick your items up. We require payment before you leave, even if you are unable to take your items with you that night. Payment with cash, check or bank card is accepted at any point at the Auction Cashier’s Window (where you registered). There is a 13% Buyer’s Premium, plus local sales tax.

  6. CHECKOUT AND REMOVAL: You may check out small items anytime during the auction. Bring your receipt to the room behind the ring to collect the items you have won. You will need to provide your receipt to the crew and then they will give you your items. (Please note that we are not responsible for items after they are checked out to you.) They will help you get your items to your car. Some larger items may need to wait for check out until the auction has ended. After Thursday sales, you may also check out items on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Items left longer than three days are subject to a storage fee.

What is a Buyer’s Premium and how much is it?

A Buyer’s Premium is standard at most auctions. It is a percentage of your winning bid that is added, along with sales tax, to the total amount you pay for an item. It helps us keep our commission down, which means consigners can bring in better items. Our Buyer’s Premium is only 13% (note: most charge 15%).

 
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Should I preview before the sale?

ABSOLUTELY! All items are sold as is and where is, so it is your responsibility to inspect all items before you buy. Once you win the highest bid, you are obligated to pay for and remove your item(s). All sales are final.

What if I can’t be at the auction, but I want to buy something?

All of the items in the auction are available for viewing in our Online Auction Catalog. If you see something you like, but cannot attend the auction, you may bid online until one hour before the start of the live auction.

How does online bidding work?

You can enjoy the excitement of bidding from anywhere through Hibid.com. You can place an online absentee bid before the live auction begins, allowing you to get in the auction ahead of the live bidding. Online Absentee Bidding ends one hour before the live auction starts. All Absentee Bidding requires a $10 minimum bid.

What is an Online Absentee Bid?

An Online Absentee Bid is a way to tell the Auctioneer that although you will not be at the auction, you are interested in an item up to a certain dollar amount. That bid amount will go up against the bids from patrons at the live auction.

How do I leave an Absentee Online Bid?

Enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay for that lot and submit it. If you are not logged in, you will be taken to a page where you may either log in or create a new account. If you are already logged in, you will be taken directly to the next step. Your bid amount will go up against the bids from patrons at the live auction. We will represent your bid as if you were attending the auction yourself.

How do I pay for the items I win?

Everything must be paid for in full the day of the sale regardless of pick up. If you have won the items at the live auction, please pay before you leave, even if you are unable to take the item with you that night. Payment with cash, check, or bank card is accepted at the Auction Cashier’s Window. If your Online Absentee Bid wins an auction item, you will be notified by phone during or immediately following the auction, and payment is expected at that time. We give a 3% discount for customers paying cash or check the day of the auction only. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept online payments for winning bids at this time. If absolutely necessary, you may pay by noon the next day at the latest with cash or check.

How much is shipping?

Shipping costs are the responsibility of the buyer. A handling fee of $10.00 will be added to the actual shipping costs. Packaging fees may apply. Merchandise can be picked up at the store, 3950 Jacobs Avenue in Eureka during normal business hours.

The amount you bid should be the very highest price you will pay.

We will represent your bid as if you’re attending the auction yourself. For example, if you left a $100 bid on an item and the last bid from the audience was $50, the next bid would be $60 at your bid.