Buying

Buying at Mitchells is simple. The first step in the process is to view the sale which can be done in different ways depending on your availability and location:-

In Person

By attending the pre-sale viewing from Sunday prior to the sale and including late night viewing on Wednesday.  Viewing can also be done during the sale.

Online Catalogue

By viewing our online sale catalogue or on one of the main antique trade and fine art websites, available from two weeks prior to the sale.  All lots are photographically illustrated online and extra images and condition reports can be provided if requested.

Printed Sale Catalogue

By requesting a copy of our glossy, colour printed sale catalogue which can be sent to you through the post.  This includes high quality photographic illustrations of many lots and detailed lot descriptions and sale estimates for all items in the sale.  You can also become a regular subscriber which means we will automatically send you a priority copy of our sale catalogue hot off the press.   Many of our clients tell us they particularly enjoy browsing through our glossy catalogues and like to keep them for future reference.

All purchases are subject to a buyer’s premium of 20% plus V.A.T.

Payment can be made by the following methods :

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Bank transfer

If you are wishing to  pay by cheque and are not known to us it is advisable to make arrangements before the sale or for references to be supplied. If such arrangements are not made then buyers paying by cheque must wait until the cheque has cleared before goods can be delivered or collected.

Collection & Delivery

Upon payment you may pick up your purchases at the auction location or arrange to have them delivered. We have our own removal vehicle and can arrange delivery locally.  We can recommend independent hauliers for national deliveries but would always suggest you get a quote from them before bidding on a lot.

Postage & Packing

We understand it is not always possible to attend a sale or collect your winning lots in person so Mitchells offers a postage and packing service using Parcel Force, Royal Mail Special Delivery or Cumbria Xpress for larger items.

We will do our best to ensure your parcel is packed in such a way that it is as safe as possible for its journey however we are not professional packers or shippers and Mitchells will not be responsible for making any claim in the event of damage.  We also reserve the right to respectfully decline to send items which we deem too fragile/too heavy/too big for postage.  We remind customers that items cannot be insured due to the nature of our lots and courier terms and conditions.

Please note that items are sent a minimum of a week following the sale and cannot be guaranteed for a specific delivery date.

There is a minimum packing charge of £10
We can pack items for your courier to collect subject to a packing charge
We will always use a tracked/signed for despatch route  Eg.  Royal Mail Special Delivery / Parcel Force

For larger items in the UK, we use Cumbria Xpress on a 2/3 day delivery service