Antiques Cruise

Antiques Cruise

Discover the real value and heritage of your family heirlooms and antique collections in this cruise all about hidden treasures! 

Following the success of our popular themed cruises, this Columbus Cruise invites you to join the TV experts and personalities including Henry Sandon MBE  (Antiques Roadshow/Going For A Song); Caroline Hawley (Bargain Hunt/Flog It); David Harper (Antiques Roadtrip/ Cash in the Attic/Bargain Hunt), Alison Chapman (Dickinson`s Real Deal) Paul Klein (Bargain Hunt/Antiques Road Trip/Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!/French Collection)  and others offering entertaining talks about their own experiences in the field, providing free valuations from your photos and videos, and sharing your love of all things antique on this fascinating and entertaining cruise.

Sell gold now?

Sell gold now?

Should I sell now or shouldn’t l? So many people ask themselves this question and seem then to reason with themselves about gold going up or down.

At the Eastbourne Antiques Centre we can answer these questions for you because we take the time to professionally study the trends in the gold market and can ascertain good or bad times for our most precious metal.

Right now gold is at the highest it has been since 2011, where the historical highest rate of £1,188 per troy ounce was recorded. This morning the £1,000 barrier was broken so in answer to your question YES it is an excellent time and opportunity to sell right now.

Will it go up further? Well so many factors play an important role in the price development of precious metals be it political economical or natural factors so we think that it’s a very good idea to take advantage of what we have now.

Come in and be pleasantly surprised by the value of your gold silver and jewellery.

  • We take the hard work out if your selling.
  • We always pay the top prices.
  • We always weigh your items in front of you
  • We always explain the difference between the gold quality and how we arrive and the price we are offering.

Would you settle for less?

Antique Shops vs. Auction Rooms

Antique Shops vs. Auction Rooms

Over the last 10-15 years we have witnessed a huge growth in the number of auction rooms which in turn has since a massive decline in antique shops.

The reasons for this are quite simple. Many entrepreneurs have jumped on the auction house bandwagon because who wouldn’t if they knew they could earn a minimum of 50% on every sale without taking any risk!

How does an auction house earn its’ money. Well very easily and with very little effort. If an item is valued by the valuation expert at say £1000 then usually the auctioneer will set an estimate of £800–£1200 with a fixed reserve of perhaps maximum £800. Of course he will tell you it will almost definitely sell for more. What he forgot to mention was that the buyer must pay the same commission as the seller in most cases a minimum of 20% plus vat equalling 25%. So the buyer will only pay up to £800 and if the auctioneer uses his so called 10% discretion then more than likely the sale price will be around £720. From this you will also have 25% deducted leaving £540 for the seller. However there are more costs. Hammer strike £1-3, insurance usually 0.7% catalogue insert £10 or considerably more with a photo and of course let’s not forget any storage charges. So your £1000 item will probably return little more tan £475!!! Not forgetting the time involved before you are paid!!!

Had you come to us you would have received more money and no wait as we always pay immediately in cash if so desired.

Did you know that we own every single piece of stock in our business unlike auction houses which own nothing and take no risk investing in any items at all?

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