A recent graduate of Creative Writing, Melanie enjoys shopping for vintage goods and exploring new places.
Published January 21st 2012
Best Furniture Auctions in Sydney
Furniture auctions provide buyers with a number of benefits, such as being able to access hundreds, if not thousands of unique objects at bargain prices. Objects being sold come from many different sources, supplying buyers with items they would not find in department stores and retail furniture shops.
With online auctions growing, so too is the demand for traditional auction houses where buyers are able to assess the item they're interested in up close and right in front of them. Auction houses offer buyers more safety when placing bids, as they do not have to worry about online fraud or expensive shipping costs which often are involved with online auctions.
There are a number of reputable auction houses located around Sydney, most of which have been in operation for decades.
Auction houses are a safer alternative to bidding online
Bid Buy Sold holds at least twelve large auctions every month, ensuring that there is a turnover of new items every week. Auctions include catering and shop equipment, computers and electrical, general sales and machinery, as well as an auction dedicated entirely to homemakers and renovators.
There are thousands of items stored in the 6,000 square metre warehouse, including everything from car seat sets, marble tiles and work wear, to wine fridges, Chinese cabinets and LCD TVs.
Some items are brand new and still in their packaging
D & D Auctions are located at Alexandria, 4 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. They have been in operation since 1998 and specialise in good quality household furniture. Most of the items are from excess stock, display stock or discontinued lines, however some items are also sent to D & D Auctions to be sold as the vendor does not have the facility to do so themselves.
D & D Auctions have items for sale such as lounges, bedroom furniture, whitegoods, dining furniture and outdoor furniture. They also have an auction once a month to sell lost property from Sydney Airport, including items such as mobile phones, duty free items, alcohol and jewellery.
D & D Auctions are open from 9 a.m. every Sunday and auctions start at 11 a.m.
There is a whole range of furniture available, including outdoor furniture
Bonhams is based at Byron Kennedy Hall in Moore Park, located 3 kilometres from the Sydney CBD, and it is the only international auction house based in Australia.
The company specialises in antique furniture and fine art and two large series of auctions are held each year, with one series in autumn and the second occurring in spring. Bonhams concentrates on unique items such as English, Continental, Colonial and Australiana furniture, rather than mass-produced items.
For those who are interested in the auction house and dealing of antique furniture, there is also a Bonhams magazine. The magazine features some of the most prized items coming up for auction and gives antique furniture collectors vital information and updates.