After going to administration in March, Sofa Workshop’s ex-display showroom furniture is about to be auctioned off. John Pye auction house in Port Talbot will be hosting the bidding for a huge selection of the sofas, chairs, tables, and other furniture.
Sofa Workshop was put into administration at the end of March 2022, leaving hundreds of ex-display items including three-piece suites, sofas, sofa beds, and chairs all available for auction. The stock being sold used to be on display at the chain’s five London stores, and eleven regional locations, including Bath, Bristol, Chichester, Guildford, Harrogate, Manchester, Newbury, Nottingham, St Albans, Thurrock and Tunbridge Wells.
Bidding is already available for items at John Pye’s site in Chesterfield, while viewing is available for furniture at the John Pye facilities in Port Talbot and Marchington. Viewing begins for the Port Talbot sofas on Monday, April 18 between 9am and 12pm. The items are available for collection only.
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Here are some of the items up for grabs:
Discussing the appointment, Trevor Palethorpe, joint head of business & property at John Pye Auctions, said: “While it’s always sad to see a national retailer close its doors, it does offer the consumer a rare opportunity to purchase high quality furniture at a big discount, while also avoiding the massive delivery waiting times that have become the norm over the last two years. With us, once you have won, you can come and collect within 24 hours of payment.”
John Pye currently has more than 600,000 registered bidders in its database, with sofas regularly topping monthly searches on its website. In previous years, it has been appointed in a similar manner by PwC, selling off Fabb Sofas’ stock following its administration announcement in 2018.
Stock moved quickly during bidding, and Trevor expects Sofa Workshop’s items to sell in a similar manner. He added: “Recognised brand names such as Sofa Workshop always attract huge interest from bidders, and there’s no doubt customers that regularly keep track of our web pages will be quick to bid for this stock. We advise moving early to secure these special items at discounted prices.”
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