Golden rules to bag yourself a bargain under the hammer

By Michele Lucato Posted on January 28, 2023

Miss Moneysaver 28.01.23

Local auction houses can be a treasure trove of bargains if you need some new furniture, so long as you are willing to put a bit of time in to study the catalogue beforehand.

Tracy Martin, a collectables and antiques expert, advises: ‘Brown furniture is going really cheaply right now — the Victoriana, heavy furniture and also pieces from the 1920s as long as they don’t scream ‘art deco’, as that tends to cost more.

‘The mid-century stuff is really popular (1960s and 70s), but you can still pick up some bargains. Tables and chairs from that era are a good bet, plus glassware and ceramics which are not so expensive.’

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