NOTE: Our buildings fill rather quickly with consigned items.
Please call before
arriving with large loads to verify that we have space available. The
optimum time for dropping items off is within the two weeks immediately following the
How much do you charge
For auctions conducted at
our Stokes Auction Acres:
General Merchandise: (antiques,
collectibles, household, firearms, tools, more):
Titled Vehicles: 10% with a $75 minimum and a $35 entry fee per vehicle.
Titled vessels & trailer combinations: 15% with a $75
minimum and a $35 entry fee per unit.
Heavy equipment in good working order including farm
For auctions conducted at your site (home or business)
work on a very competitive commission basis. Give us a call
to come look at your auction. We will do so at no obligation to you.
Why consign to a live auction?
All our auctions are conducted "live" with professional auctioneers.
auction process creates excitement and competition between bidders unlike online
bidders can feel confidant that they are bidding against a real person.
We do accept "written bids / proxi-bids" from registered
bidders if they cannot attend the event.
Auction companies in the State of Washington are required
to be licensed and bonded, as are each of the auctioneers. Consignment
businesses and estate sales have little regulation.
Do you pick up items?
Yes, within Kitsap
County and parts of the Olympic Peninsula on a limited basis .
Our average fee is $200* for two of
our full time employees and our 16 ft. cube van to pick up items (per trip). We
are experienced merchandise handlers and are prepared to come to your home, load
the entire contents of marketable items and bring them back to our location.
We ask that small items be pre-boxed and any items be
unattached to walls, etc. If totes are used for packing, they will
not be returned.
Note: we have
limited availability for this service, call early to schedule.
*We are not prepared to haul large heavy items down
unusual fights of stairs, off balcony's, fire escapes, etc. If we arrive
at a home with any of these unusual circumstances there may be an addition fee
depending on the time it takes our crew to load the items.
I have a vehicle to
sell, what do I need to do?
deadline for consignment vehicles (cars, trucks, boats, trailers, etc) is the
Thursday prior to the auction by 4 p.m. We need
the vehicle along with a current title. The
sooner you get the vehicle in the sooner it gets advertised. We are fully
licensed and bonded as a Washington State
auto dealer, as such we will transfer the title into the new purchasers name
and send in the sellers report of sale.
I have an entire house
full (personal or estate) or business I need to liquidate what can you do for me?
Please call our office and give us
details of what you have. An appointment can be made for the items to be picked
up by us (fee), or have one of our auctioneers, at no obligation (Kitsap,
Pierce, Jefferson, Clallam counties), visit your
site to do a physical inspection of the items to determine the best way to
proceed with the auction.
We begin by analyzing your needs and help you decide
if an auction is appropriate and whether the auction would be best conducted
on-site or moved to our location. Costs to the seller for the auctioneer
services will be determined at this initial meeting.
At on-site auctions we can typically sell everything that
is there in one day. We take an inventory, advertise (direct mail,
internet and newspaper), set-up the items for display, sell the merchandise at
auction, record the sales on computer, give you a complete sales print out and a
check for the net amount.
Holding an on-site auction depends
on quantity and quality of merchandise, the location, parking, weather, toilets
and other aspects of the site. We would be happy to determine what would work
best for you. We are fully equipped with our mobile office, folding chairs,
tables, portable sound & clerking systems, etc. In cases where the sellers do
not have enough merchandise to warrant their own auction, our location Stokes
Auction Acres, has plenty of parking space, seating indoors, restrooms
Do you sell with reserves?
with the exception of
Estate and at times equipment and vehicles sold for the Bankruptcy court.
believe that well advertised items will fetch what they are truly worth in
today's market. "Unreserved Auctions" bring serious buyers and fair
market value. Generally, this is the price that an item will fetch at a
well-advertised auction. Factors that come into consideration are age,
condition, quality and rarity.
Also, please note, it is illegal for the owner
or their agent to bid on their own merchandise in order to illegally raise the
charge a Buyers Premium?
We charge a
10% buyers premium on all
merchandise and a flat $85 buyers premium on all titled vehicles.
Do you purchase outright?
Yes we have the means to purchase any size estate.
However, we think it is in your best interest to consign and allow the market to
determine the sale price for you. Stokes Auction feels very strongly that
consigning to the auction is usually your better choice and will produce the best return
for you. We have built our reputation on honesty and integrity. If we purchase
your items outright we expect to make a profit from the money that we invested.
Let us do the job right for you.
happens after Stokes Auction sells my items?
five to seven days after your auction you will receive a complete,
itemized computerized printout of all items sold including lot numbers,
descriptions, individual prices, itemized expenses including commission charged
and the net total along with a check from Stokes Auction.
Need a Fair Market Value
Appraisal for an estate in probate?
Our estimated Fair Market Values are based on what we have
sold like items for in the recent past, through our Auction business. This
estimate is what we feel the property will sell for - if all is sold in one day
at Public Auction. FMV appraisals are used for
estate purposes and is a fee based service.
Are there any items you
will not take to sell?
of Items we Do NOT take - this list is always changing and depends on the
current market and economy trends.
Unclaimed storage unit items purchased at another auction or otherwise
ANY store or shop leftovers (if it has a tag, for us to turn it
Baby items: including but not limited
too Cribs, strollers, high chairs, car seats
Books - no paperbacks or hard back novels (quality cookbooks,
antique, leather bound and hardbound classic sets ok)
Car parts (they are hard to sell)
Clothes & display racks
Clothing, shoes, unless vintage and on
Dated furniture - 70's / 80's;
manufactured wood; dark colored and heavy pieces, large floral prints
Desks - large wood, metal or particle board
Distressed items including Furniture /
appliances / Household items / other
Exercise equipment - we accept limited
items that are newer & electronic
& drying racks
No particle board (engineered or
manufactured wood) furniture
NO Remodel pull outs (cabinets; doors;
Non-running vehicles or those with
safety issues (call and ask if you have questions)
Non-working or damaged TVs, VCRs,
stereos & other electronics
Old snow skis, old water skis (true
antique skis are ok)
Old suitcases that are not antique or
collectible 30s and older in good shape
Older Computers, we accept only those
that are complete with LCD screens
Older or colored appliances (we will
generally take working appliances 7 years old or newer)
Older or stained beds / mattresses /
Organs & Pianos (they are hard to sell
even if in good shape)
Other items deemed un-sellable by our
crew - see above
Pure "Box lot" loads only will
NOT be accepted
- Absolutely NO Estate or Garage Sale leftovers
Soiled or damaged furniture, includes that covered
with pet hair
Storage unit stuff-Garage sale-Estate sale-Tag
sale-etc, left over's (if you can't sell it, either can we)
Truck Bed liners or Canopies
Tube TV's, console stereos, console
TV trays tin
Water beds & frames
Office machines or equipment such as copiers,