Tips for Bidding on Furniture


Get up to 80% off furniture by bidding online with Auction Nation. We make it easy to furnish your house on the cheap and from the comfort of your own home (at least until pick-up).

Auction Nation’s furniture come from a few different sources. The name of the auction will indicate what kind of furniture you’re looking at.

Typical furniture auctions are: estate auctions, store returns or furniture liquidation sales.

  • Estate Furniture is usually assembled and previously used but a step above a garage sale or Goodwill.
  • Store Return furniture is usually still in its box, un-assembled and could have minor cosmetic damage or be missing screws/parts
  • Liquidation sales from furniture stores depend on the store. We might be liquidating floor models or full inventory for a store that’s closing. A full store is likely to include brand new furniture.

All of our bidding happens online. Registration is free and easy. We do offer the opportunity to go to the location and preview the items on certain days during the auction, this information is in the terms & conditions.


What’s the best way to bid?

  • Set a budget, write down the maximum you’re willing to pay for that item. You control how much you’re going to spend, setting a budget will keep you on track.
  • Look at all of the pictures provided for the lot you’re interested in before you place a bid. We work hard to make sure everything is fairly photographed and the condition is visible.
  • Look at the item condition — this is in the description and indicates return policy.
  • Utilize preview times to visit the site and check out the furniture. Come prepared with measurements to minimize surprises.
  • Be available at the close of the auction — that’s when bidding wars happen.
  • Have a plan if the item you want exceeds how much you want to spend — the end of an auction is a test of adrenaline and willpower.
  • Also make sure you have time to pick up your item. Load-out times are provided in the terms of the auction and not picking up your bid on time will result in forfeiture.

The bottom line is, auctions can save you up to 80% off of retail prices if you stay on top of your bid and do your research.