FAQ

Why should I hire Corpus Christi Mercantile for my auction or estate sale?

  • Advertising and extensive marketing on our website, social media, print media, etc.
  • We care about you and about your prized possessions. We will always be empathetic to you and your family’s feelings, and we will exercise great care in the handling your possessions.
  • Our commission covers setting up and conducting your sale from start to finish! It also pays for all advertising costs, organizing, staging, and labor costs! There are no hidden fees!

What should I choose … Auction or Estate Sale?

Of course the choice is ultimately up to YOU however auctions are usually best for larger, collectible, more expensive estate items such as furniture, art, jewelry, antiques and collectibles and not the garage sale nickel and dime items.

How far in advance should I call you?

  • The sooner the better. We may have other sales scheduled. If you need your sale expedited we will work with you!
  • If there is a substantial amount of items needing to be priced, organized, and cleaned additional prep time may be necessary.

What will it cost me for Corpus Christi Mercantile  to execute my Estate Sale?

  • Our commission usually ranges from 20-30% however fees may vary based on the amount of time, labor, and research required.  We will decide on our percentage at your free consultation.
  • We will negotiate with you a percentage of total sales for our commission, and simply deduct that from the proceeds at the end of the sale.

How long does it take you to “set up” an Estate Sale?

  • We normally only need 3-5 days to set-up an estate sale however size and amount of items may cause set-up time to vary.

How many days do you hold an estate sale open?

  • We usually hold the estate sale open to the public for 2-3 days

I don’t have an “entire household” of possessions. Can you help me sell what I have?

  • Give us a call, and we will tell you whether or not we can do a liquidation sale for you, based upon what you have to sell.

My estate is not full of EXPENSIVE or highly VALUABLE items? Can I still schedule an estate sale with just normal household stuff-furniture, household goods, etc?

  • YES! There are A LOT of estate sale attendees who go to estate sales to find non-expensive, “plain” houseware items.          

What happens to the items that don’t sell?

  • We strive to sell every  item for the highest price we can achieve and it is always our ultimate goal to sell EVERYTHING … However, unlike a store, we cannot sit back and wait days, months, or years for items to sell. We only have a few days so there may be items left over. At the end of the sale, if you wish, we can arrange to have a charity or clean out team remove leftover items.
  • Of course, you can always choose to pick-up any unsold items or give them to friends or family.

Can I assign minimum prices to my possessions?

  • We discourage this but we do allow our clients to set minimum prices on a very limited number of items, and will work with our clients to meet their needs. However, we have knowledge in current market value, and will tell you what the maximum price something is likely to bring. We will allow clients to set minimum prices on some items, however we must have have the freedom to price items to sell, at the prices we know will sell.  Without the ability to sell items at our discretion profits are reduced causing an inability to pay for our time and our labor charges.

What if my estate contains fine art or very rare collectibles?

  • We have the resources available to determine the current market value of items whether they are common or rare. For fine art and ancient artifacts, if we cannot find the necessary information, we have an appraiser that can give us answers. If we can’t price something confidently, we will let you know before the sale, and if you wish, put it out for bid.

Can I cancel my bid?

All bids are binding and cannot be canceled or retracted. If there is an error or malfunction in the system and you must edit a bid, you must contact our office via email at steve@

Is there a fee to register to bid?

No.

How do I contact Corpus Christi Mercantile to buy or sell items?

There are many ways! First try the office line or email us. If you cannot get your questions answered that way then contact Steve or Jeni on their cell phones! All numbers are listed below!

Office (TBA)
(361) 227-9826

Steve Arnold, CAGA, Licensed Auctioneer (TX #17809)
(361) 227-9826

Jeni Arnold, CAGA
(361) 425-7653

What should I do if I have a question about an item?

We attempt to describe all these items to try to give you a visual of the item you are bidding on, we describe them to the best of our ability. If you have questions or are NOT SURE about the condition of or anything pertaining to an item in our auction, preview is highly encouraged.  If you choose to bid without previewing, you accepting the item as is with no warranties.

Out of Town Buyers

Please make arrangements with us prior to bidding  Please contact the UPS Store to discuss the items you are interested in buying and they can provide you with a quote to ship.  Packaging and shipping charges are the responsibility of the buyer.

Payment

We provide you with the option of paying via phone, online, or in-person after the item concludes.  You may pay with cash or credit card after the conclusion of the auction.  Although you are able to pickup items within 3 business days we require payment at the close of the auction otherwise we will run the credit card on file.

NO CHECKS PLEASE

Does Corpus Christi Mercantile charge a buyer’s premium on auctions?

Yes! We do charge everyone a buyer premium, ranging from 10% – 13%.

Do you collect sales tax? What do I do if I have a reseller tax exemption?

Yes we are required by the State of Texas to collect sales tax on all personal purchases. If you are tax exempt we will gladly take off your tax at time of pickup after verifying a valid tax id, we will have you complete a tax exempt form, the form must have your tax number, be signed and dated and must be done before the auction begins. These do expire every year, so you may be asked to complete another to be sure our records are always up to date.

 What is the commission charged to sell items at auction with Corpus Christi Mercantile?

The consignors fee is 20%.

Can I send a mover or individual to pick-up my items?

If you need someone to come and pickup your items and deliver them to you please call the office and make arrangements so we are aware of a third party taking your items. We are not responsible for damages by third party movers or individuals.

Who can bid on items?

Anyone, 18 years or older, that has registered, can bid on anything they choose.

How do I receive a refund on an item I purchased?

  • All sales are final.
  • We attempt to describe all these items to try to give you a visual of the item you are bidding on, we describe them to the best of our ability and many times rely on information from the consigner that is given to us.
  • If you have questions or are NOT SURE about the condition of or anything pertaining to an item in our auction please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.
  • PREVIEW & QUESTIONS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED!!!!
  • A bid by any person shall be conclusive proof that the person has made himself acquainted with these conditions of sale and has agree to be bound by them. Though all descriptions are believed to be correct, neither auction house nor seller makes any warranties of any kind with respect to the property and in no event shall be held responsible for having made or implied any warranty of description, genuineness, authorship, attribution, provenance, period, culture, source origin, condition etc. All sales are final and all property is sold “As is, Where is”, It is the bidders responsibility to determine condition and usefulness of the items purchased. The Auction house owners, employees and consigners reserve the right to bid on any items in auction. Persons attending preview or auction during removal of goods assume all risks of damage of or loss to person and property and specifically release the auctioneer from liability therefore. Neither auctioneer nor his principal shall be liable by reason of any defect in or condition of the premises on which the sale is held including but not limited to personal injury, fire or theft. If foregoing conditions or any other applicable conditions are not complied with, in addition to other remedies available to Auctioneer and Seller by law, including without limitation, the right to hold the purchaser liable for the bid price, auctioneer at his option may 1) resell the property publicly or privately, with the purchaser being liable for the payment of any deficiency plus all costs incurred or 2) cancel the sale, retaining all liquidated damages on all payment made by purchaser. Auctioneer commission and all other incidental damages will be charged. Auctioneer is acting as an agent and agent only and is not responsible for the acts of his or her principals.