Westbrook & Sons Auctioneers

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if an auction is right for my situation?

We provide a FREE, honest consultation to discuss your personal situation. Call us to set up an appointment now. 307-745-5815

How much lead time is needed to prepare an auction?

Three weeks time at minimum. Four weeks (or more, depending on the type of auction) is a more adequate time to enable us to adequately advertise & publicize an auction.

Will I have a lot of time involved in helping with the auction?

We set up and organize the auction from beginning to end. If time, you don’t have, we can do it all – from boxing up items to cleaning the property after the auction is over. That is our job – to help you dispose of your items in the quickest and most efficient way for you. Everyone’s situation is different, so we can work with you to best suit your needs. The Services page can explain most of your questions. If you still have concerns or questions, please give us a call.

How do I know you will be able to obtain the most money on my personal property?

We advertise in many local and surrounding area newspapers, mail flyers to our mailing list of loyal auction customers, put out our flyers around the local area surrounding where the auction is held, and we have email list of many auction customers.  If wide spread exposure is needed, we can post the auction on other websites. Plus, we have a reputation for quality, honest service as well as a following of avid “Auction Fans”. Many dealers & collectors enjoy attending our auctions on a regular basis which keeps the prices at a fair market value.

Update: We are now on several social media platforms including: Facebook Twitter and Instagram.

How much does it cost to have an auction?

We work on a percentage basis, plus a cost for ads that will be agreed upon between auctioneer and seller. We do not quote commissions over the phone. Please contact us to make an appointment. For a brief description of what services we would provide for you see our services page. For more details, please give us a call!

Can I trust what you say about your reputation?

We are happy to provide you with verifiable references, just give us a call! You can also ask our customers that attend our auctions. They are one of your best references.

How can I get the latest information on auction dates and times?

To get the latest information on upcoming auctions, click Join Email List button on our website. We will email you the specific auction information about a week prior to auction. If you prefer snail mail please email us your mailing address.  See the Contact Us link to send us an email.

Why Auction?

  • Efficiently converts assets into cash
  • Quick and allows for conversion to cash on a day of seller’s choosing.
  • In most cases estate & liquidation auctions can be conducted at the physical location of the assets
  • Estate and liquidation auctions are eagerly sought by the buying public
  • The seller avoids time consuming haggling with buyers and selling items one piece at a time.
  • Professional marketing maximizes proceeds and attracts targeted buyers.
  • Small estates can be lumped with other estates to increase “drawing power”

I’ve never attended an auction before, what do I do?

Prior to the auction start, the auctioneer will address commonly asked questions and explaining how the auction works, the terms of sale, etc. Always remember that at an auction you’re free to ask a question if you don’t understand something.

Auctioneers and our staff want people to continue to come to our auctions, so we’ll do everything we can to encourage repeat business! Ask a question of a member of our auction team, and we’ll do the best we can to answer your question.  When you arrive at the auction site, register for a bidder number at the auction office and read the terms printed on or displayed on the flyer or brochure.

Again, ask questions if you don’t understand our policy. Inspect the merchandise you’re interested in, as all items are auctioned on an “as is, where is” basis. This means it is not guaranteed. When you buy an item, you become responsible for it.  Small items may be removed and stored in your car (paid receipts may be required, please ask prior to doing this).

And, keep in mind that you’ll pay for the items you purchase before you leave the auction, even if you aren’t taking everything with you that day. Each auction has a different time period when items will need to be removed, please ask our staff.

In order to bid at an auction, you should make contact with the auctioneer or the ring-person. A ring-person is someone who helps take bids from the audience and then passes those on to the auctioneer.

To bid, hold up your bid card, your hand or shout “yes.” The auctioneer or ring-person will make eye contact with you, take your bid and immediately turn and seek another bid. You can remove yourself from the process at any time by shaking your head “no” or saying “no” if the auctioneer or ring-person turns your way. Should an auctioneer or ring-person misinterpret any of your signals, simply report the mistake immediately.