Whether it's been the annexing of part of the car park, the presence of some friendly builders, or the physical manifestation of something taking shape in front of our salerooms; regulars and locals can't fail to have noticed that we've grown over recent months. Finally, on Monday 10th April, we moved into our new offices and reception area. And we're very, very excited.
The biggest change will be that clients will now enter a large and comfortable reception area and be welcomed by one of our two new team members Mary and Rachel. Also, Helen and Caroline (previously confined to a dark and forbidding attic) will be just through reception in our new offices. The reception area (with sofas, water cooler, auction preview displays and toilets) then leads on to our two revamped salerooms. Upstairs, we have a new meeting room so that clients can consign their items in privacy, and extra secure areas which will provide some much-needed cataloguing and storage space.
Over the last decade, the auction world has changed considerably and we have kept abreast of all the new developments. We were one of the first provincial auctioneers to adopt live bidding across all of our sales, we have introduced an in-house packing & postage department, we are on top of all the relevant legislation introduced (including restrictions on the trade in ivory, firearms and rosewood furniture etc), and all of our catalogues online are fully illustrated with results available immediately after the auction. However, despite being lucky enough to still have a full house come sale day, I think it's fair to say that we have neglected the physical aspect of our auctions! This is why we have put so much time and effort into our new extension and hope that our clients like it as much as we do.
On the horizon, we also anticipate extending our sales calendar and specialisations. Currently we hold three-weekly General Antiques & Collectables auctions, quarterly Fine Arts & Antiques and Toys & Models auctions, twice-yearly Twentieth Century Design and Coins, Medals & Militaria, as well as our annual Wine, Port & Spirits auction. Further to this, although we are open for free valuations and consignments Monday to Friday 9am - 5.30pm (basically if we're here, you can be too), we are hoping to offer extra out-of-hours opportunities for people to bring items into our experts.
It's a very exciting time and we look forward to welcoming you in our new environment soon!