Art Handler - Shipping Specialist
Property Specialist/Art Handler
Potter & Potter Auctions
Potter & Potter, a Chicago-based auction house, is seeking a full-time Property Specialist to assist in the management of merchandise in its warehouses and gallery. The company sells antiques and collectibles in a wide range of fields at public auction, including books, posters, autographs, photographs, toys, and associated items. The candidate will manage the packing and shipping of merchandise for delivery to clients, assist in the arrangement of objects in the gallery for display, and the management of warehouse space and individual consignments.
Primary job responsibilities include the following:
-Pull and pack orders with care and ship to customers upon conclusion of an auction. Objects shipped will include – but will not be limited to – rare books, framed artwork, slot machines, vintage posters, glassware and pottery, and other miscellaneous objects, many of which are fragile, made of glass, or oversize.
-Arranging objects in the gallery for display and in lot-order to make them easy to locate both on and after auctions. Tasks include hanging posters, filling and emptying display cases, and tagging merchandise with labels.
-Maintaining a well-organized warehouse, retail merchandise shelving, and gallery floor. Sorting and shelving merchandise by consignor (including tracking items upon receipt of same; occasionally this is a truckload or more of material) and making clear what property belongs to each consignor.
-Receiving shipments of varying sizes, from single packages, to entire truckloads.
Other responsibilities will include, but shall not be limited to:
-Assist bidders and auction staff on sale days to keep auction running smoothly.
-Assist photographer and staff with preparing lots for imaging.
A well-qualified candidate will have a strong background in art handling (preferably two years experience), including shipping and packing procedures and processes, and must pay meticulous attention to detail.
Interest in arts, antiques, collectibles and/or art history is not required, but would be a big plus.
Hours, Availability, Etc.
The position is full time time, Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm. Occasional weekend and overtime work is available, but not required. The position does occasionally call for travel.
The position is paid an hourly rate of $15 - $18/hr, commensurate with experience. Benefits are available, as are reviews on a six and twelve month basis, with the potential for advancement and raises.
No phone calls, please.