A Caplans Auction & Appraisal Company

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  • 840 Oella Ave

    Ellicott City, MD 21043

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  • 410-750-7676

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There were no hours of operation listed on the website. I thought maybe the business number listed would have the hours in the recording like many businesses do. I called at 7am. The phone hung up. I called again at 10am. The man answered and said he refused to speak to me because I woke him at 7am and hung up on me. Don't put your personal phone as your business phone if you don't want calls or list your hours on your website. Unbelievably unprofessional.

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There were no hours of operation listed on the website. I thought maybe the business number listed would have the hours in the recording like many businesses do. I called at 7am. The phone hung up. I called again at 10am. The man answered and said he refused to speak to me because I woke him at 7am and hung up on me. Don't put your personal phone as your business phone if you don't want calls or list your hours on your website. Unbelievably unprofessional.

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I attend auctions frequently up and down the East Coast on my travels--call me a hoarder if you will but I've got to say Caplans in Savage mill is one of my favorites. They run a clean, honest and well paced auction with some very high end items as well as the usual estate treasures. The crowd and auctioneers are really into it and make the experience fun and I have to say their gallery is beautiful. A lot of the auctions I go to elsewhere are in warehouses or strip malls. Theirs is in an honest to goodness stone building built in 1840! Love it! Last time I was there they were selling an Admirals estate and the Estate of Henry Cabot Lodge. Great stuff I was happy to add to my hoarding-- oops collection...

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I attend auctions frequently up and down the East Coast on my travels--call me a hoarder if you will but I've got to say Caplans in Savage mill is one of my favorites. They run a clean, honest and well paced auction with some very high end items as well as the usual estate treasures. The crowd and auctioneers are really into it and make the experience fun and I have to say their gallery is beautiful. A lot of the auctions I go to elsewhere are in warehouses or strip malls. Theirs is in an honest to goodness stone building built in 1840! Love it! Last time I was there they were selling an Admirals estate and the Estate of Henry Cabot Lodge. Great stuff I was happy to add to my hoarding-- oops collection...

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Reviewed earlier and commented on how rude the buyers and auctioneers were. If anything, both have gotten worse. So much for considering feedback. A bunch of mouthy, know it all antique dealers establish bidding pools to divide up the best stuff and then gang up on other buyers who chose not to participate in their little cliques -- you probably see more adult behavior from a bunch of middle school girls. Then some bid up on merchandise that others consign. It's all presided over by an indifferent auctioneer / owner. There are better auction houses out there so look around and find one and don't waste your time or money here.

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Reviewed earlier and commented on how rude the buyers and auctioneers were. If anything, both have gotten worse. So much for considering feedback. A bunch of mouthy, know it all antique dealers establish bidding pools to divide up the best stuff and then gang up on other buyers who chose not to participate in their little cliques -- you probably see more adult behavior from a bunch of middle school girls. Then some bid up on merchandise that others consign. It's all presided over by an indifferent auctioneer / owner. There are better auction houses out there so look around and find one and don't waste your time or money here.

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I met Mr. Caplan years ago at a Charity Auction he was volunteering for. And as a local volunteer I knew them from their work for the Blind Industries of Maryland and know they have raised over $ 200,000 in the last few years for their causes. So when my husband passed away last year, and he was a pack rat for sure, I turned to them for help. I can't believe they sold all that stuff and for fair prices!
They are a cherished asset to the business community and thought of very highly. And my neighbor Millie did some business with them last month and she was very pleased. Thank you so much.

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I met Mr. Caplan years ago at a Charity Auction he was volunteering for. And as a local volunteer I knew them from their work for the Blind Industries of Maryland and know they have raised over $ 200,000 in the last few years for their causes. So when my husband passed away last year, and he was a pack rat for sure, I turned to them for help. I can't believe they sold all that stuff and for fair prices!
They are a cherished asset to the business community and thought of very highly. And my neighbor Millie did some business with them last month and she was very pleased. Thank you so much.

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Just wanted to thank you for helping out with all the stuff. Didn't know what do with it and Caplan's helped me sell it efficiently and for good money. They were dependable and trustworthy, definitely would do business with them again.

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Just wanted to thank you for helping out with all the stuff. Didn't know what do with it and Caplan's helped me sell it efficiently and for good money. They were dependable and trustworthy, definitely would do business with them again.

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AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL! What a mess they made of everything. Boy did they backtrack on what they originally told us and we came away empty handed. They didn't though! They made BIG bucks and we were left with nothing at all. I agree SELLER Beware! Ask a thousand questions before you sign on that dotted line because they don't tell you much at all, smooth talkers ALL the way. Wish we had done things a lot differently!

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AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL! What a mess they made of everything. Boy did they backtrack on what they originally told us and we came away empty handed. They didn't though! They made BIG bucks and we were left with nothing at all. I agree SELLER Beware! Ask a thousand questions before you sign on that dotted line because they don't tell you much at all, smooth talkers ALL the way. Wish we had done things a lot differently!

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Henry W must work for Caplans or be an insider with family. I too had the worst experience EVER with Caplans. They were NOT upfront with prices and tended to gloss over all the "extras" they would charge. Sold all our things for flea market prices and pushed them through quickly and without even trying to get a good price. BEWARE! This is a rip off establishment! You get nothing for what you paid for. The lie, cheat and steal from unsuspecting sellers.

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Henry W must work for Caplans or be an insider with family. I too had the worst experience EVER with Caplans. They were NOT upfront with prices and tended to gloss over all the "extras" they would charge. Sold all our things for flea market prices and pushed them through quickly and without even trying to get a good price. BEWARE! This is a rip off establishment! You get nothing for what you paid for. The lie, cheat and steal from unsuspecting sellers.

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I didn't know where to go, my Uncle was a world traveler and collected antiques, junk and whatever and left them to me and my sister. My attorney mentioned Caplan's cause they'd been around forever and he had worked with them many times over the years. So I called them for references and found out they do work for the Pentagon, Liberty and Nationwide and Insurance and run charity auctions for the Blind Industries and Salvation army. They sent an appraiser out within a couple of days----man these people know what they're talking about--they knEw the value of everything including some of the weirder stuff like a mersham? pipe, some really tarnished silver, and even some of his old coins. Very impressed! We employed them to help sell some of this stuff too and were very happy....

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I didn't know where to go, my Uncle was a world traveler and collected antiques, junk and whatever and left them to me and my sister. My attorney mentioned Caplan's cause they'd been around forever and he had worked with them many times over the years. So I called them for references and found out they do work for the Pentagon, Liberty and Nationwide and Insurance and run charity auctions for the Blind Industries and Salvation army. They sent an appraiser out within a couple of days----man these people know what they're talking about--they knEw the value of everything including some of the weirder stuff like a mersham? pipe, some really tarnished silver, and even some of his old coins. Very impressed! We employed them to help sell some of this stuff too and were very happy....

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We used Caplan's to settle my mother's Estate in November. Owner was very personable and was very knowledgeable about antiques and stuff. Yes they did charge us to move the items out of her house but they were very upfront about that and their price was actually half that of a regular moving company and they didn't charge us for the boxes or bubble wrap like most do. Prices they got seemed very fair considering the state of the economy, in fact some things went much higher than we ever dreamed. We didn't experience any problems with them and would definitely use them again...

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We used Caplan's to settle my mother's Estate in November. Owner was very personable and was very knowledgeable about antiques and stuff. Yes they did charge us to move the items out of her house but they were very upfront about that and their price was actually half that of a regular moving company and they didn't charge us for the boxes or bubble wrap like most do. Prices they got seemed very fair considering the state of the economy, in fact some things went much higher than we ever dreamed. We didn't experience any problems with them and would definitely use them again...

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Seller BEWARE! What a rip off! Know your antiques, ask questions, they gloss over the important things like how much they will rip you off moving the items out of the house. They just say...we'll handle everything for you...small print in contract says seller covers moving costs...but at NO time did Caplan's mention the extremely HIGH and OUTRAGEOUS fees associated with this service. They sold thousands of dollars worth of antiques for NOTHING...also had them to auction off the house...what a BUST! No one even showed up! Another waste of money!! Check with Better Business Bureau before using this company to see if any complaints are there...and again, BEWARE...if it sounds too good to be true...it REALLY is in this case!!!!!

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Seller BEWARE! What a rip off! Know your antiques, ask questions, they gloss over the important things like how much they will rip you off moving the items out of the house. They just say...we'll handle everything for you...small print in contract says seller covers moving costs...but at NO time did Caplan's mention the extremely HIGH and OUTRAGEOUS fees associated with this service. They sold thousands of dollars worth of antiques for NOTHING...also had them to auction off the house...what a BUST! No one even showed up! Another waste of money!! Check with Better Business Bureau before using this company to see if any complaints are there...and again, BEWARE...if it sounds too good to be true...it REALLY is in this case!!!!!

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Caplan's has regular auctions, like two a month, I think---and they get a lot of good consignments. They're also very good about sending out ads via email and keeping their website up to date. The bidding tends to go high at their sales, though, possibly because there are a lot of antique shops in that area and all the dealers use Caplan's as a source. I dunno. The facility is rather small and can get quite stuffy by the end of the evening. There is food available but it's the usual cheap auctionhouse fare--may want to bring a sandwich if you know you'll be there awhile.

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Caplan's has regular auctions, like two a month, I think---and they get a lot of good consignments. They're also very good about sending out ads via email and keeping their website up to date. The bidding tends to go high at their sales, though, possibly because there are a lot of antique shops in that area and all the dealers use Caplan's as a source. I dunno. The facility is rather small and can get quite stuffy by the end of the evening. There is food available but it's the usual cheap auctionhouse fare--may want to bring a sandwich if you know you'll be there awhile.

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