Buckley Galleries is arguably an institution of Sandycove, a sleepy coastal village of South County Dublin, and the setting for the opening scene of James Joyce’s Ulysses. It’s been the venue for weekly auctions of all sorts of items from antique furniture to art and curiosities since 1957.
Anybody can buy or sell via their weekly auctions which take place Thursdays at 1430hrs. Goods can be dropped off Friday’s (between 0930 and 1730hrs) and Saturday’s (between 0900 and 1200hrs). Auction items can be viewed Wednesday’s (between 0930 and 1730hrs) and Thursdays ((between 0930 and the auction kick off at 1430hrs).
It’s quite a reassuring place to visit, quite timeless, and full of traditional South County Dublin gentleness and charm. Quite the Aladdin's Cave, there’s nearly always something on the list that leaves one with the feeling that it would be a crime not to put in a bid. Bargains are guaranteed too, although as one visitor cautioned this afternoon, “A bargain is only a bargain if you need it”!
Ultimately, the sweet spot of any auction is bidding on something you actually need that holds no interest for anyone else present on the day. You never no what’s going to come up for auction either so it pays to do your research so that you have an idea of the value of what does appear.
Luck can play it’s part but timing and preparation are everything. Pricing can be heavily impacted by the crowd on the days too so it’s important to set yourself a target price and to stick with same if things start to get a little crazy.
Three main categories of people tend to appear on a regular basis: 1. People looking to kit out a private or rental home or business premises, 2. Professional dealers, 3. Bargain hunter / collectors. Some days there can be very few people and it’s hard to know whether that’s a function of the items on offer or the time of the year.
It’s a great place to offload unwanted household items also. It can be equally hard to predict how well a sale will go because of the issue of never really knowing who’s going to show up on the day. You can set yourself up for best success by setting realistic prices. If you are worried about selling at too low a price than you can set a reserve price below which the item cannot be sold.
A reasonable commission is charged and it’s important to remove items that don’t sell asap after the auction ends. Best to contact Buckley’s directly for full information about the commissions they charge and to get their full T’s & C’s.
A fun day out is guaranteed and emerging from the auction it’s well worth exiting to the left and heading down to Cavistons or the 64 for some light refreshments in the form or tea’s, coffee’s, delicious treats or maybe even a glass of wine if you’re travelling without a car…
Have you ever bought or sold at an auction before? Did you enjoy the experience? Let me know in the comments or message me directly here!