Blue Ribbon Auction Services is a family-owned and operated auction house, conveniently located on Route 29 Business in Amherst, VA. We offer auctions year-round at our facility or on-site at a location of your choosing.
Our auctioneer, Aubrey Burks (VA AL # 2907 003417), is a 2005 graduate of the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering in High Point, NC, and has spent a lifetime collecting, buying and selling antiques and collectibles. He has prior experience operating a successful auction house, and will work with you to sell your items, including:
* Estate Auctions * Antiques * Collectibles * Coins * Jewelry * Real Estate – Residential and Commercial * Business Liquidations * Benefit Auctions * Consignment Auctions * Storage Auctions* Automobiles
Blue Ribbon Auction Services also conducts tag sales - contact us for more information.
We also buy entire or partial estates including real estate and individual items, and offer clean-out as well.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation! Nobody will work harder to get the most for your items!
Let us be the FIRST choice for all of your auction needs!
Why would I want to attend an auction?
Auctions provide an opportunity for sellers to sell their items in a venue where two or more bidders compete to be the highest bidder on an item. It also provides an opportunity for bidders to purchase many unique and hard to find items, sometimes at prices below retail. Many bidders look forward to “auction night”, as it offers the opportunity for bidders and sellers to socialize together, and many bidders view auction night as their “date night.”
Does it cost anything to attend or register to bid?
No, there is no charge to attend. All bidders must be registered; however, there is no cost to register to bid.
Are children welcome?
We are a family-friendly auction, and our children have been involved with the business for most of their lives – our youngest daughter, Jordan, has been a cashier since she was 9 years old! Children are always welcome at our auctions; however, please keep in mind that there are many breakable items. Please supervise your children to avoid damage to our consignors’ merchandise or injury to your children.
Is there an opportunity to preview items ahead of the auction?
Yes, the doors usually open 2 hours early on auction day, and we also offer a preview the night prior, from around 5pm-9pm. If you need to preview items at a different time, just give Aubrey a call at (434) 660-4326 to set up an appointment for a preview.
How do I register to bid?
All bidders will need a valid photo ID in order to register for the auction. Our cashier will enter numbers, so once you register you won’t have to register again.
What do I do to bid?
Be sure you have inspected all items you are interested in bidding on carefully, as all items are sold “as-is” – once you are declared the winning bidder the item is yours, and you are responsible for paying for the item. Once you have decided how much you are willing to pay for the item(s) (be sure to take into account sales tax and any buyer’s premium, if there is one), watch the auction and wait for your item to be offered for sale. Pay attention to the action when other items are being sold so that you can get used to the auctioneer’s way of selling. When your item is presented at auction, hold up your bid card and the auctioneer will notice your bid. Continue to bid until you have either reached your max bid and want to stop bidding or until you are called the winning bidder. Bidding moves at a fast pace, so don’t wait too long to bid! Don’t worry about those stories on TV about someone scratching their nose and winning an item by accident – we are usually really good at knowing whether you are bidding or not!
When do I pay for my purchases?
Payment is due the day of purchase in the form of cash, good check, Mastercard or Visa.
What if I can’t attend the auction? Can I submit an absentee bid?
If you are unable to attend an auction but would like to bid on an item, Blue Ribbon Auction Services will be happy to execute the bid on your behalf. Absentee bidders must be registered, and provide credit card information to pay for your purchases. Contact us via e-mail or call Aubrey at (434) 660-4326 for more information.
Are there empty boxes and newspaper available to pack my purchases?
Boxes are hard to come by, and we use all of our boxes, so we usually do not have empty boxes available. Bidders are encouraged to bring their own boxes/containers and newspaper to pack any fragile purchases in.
I purchased a large item and can’t fit it in my car. Can I pick it up later?
Absolutely! Blue Ribbon Auction Services will work with buyers to make alternate pickup arrangements for their purchases, however, we reserve the right to sell at public auction (minus normal sales commission) any property left in storage over 30 days. All items left on premises after the auction are left at the risk of the buyer.