We are gearing up to host our very first benefit auction, in an effort to directly benefit and build our club treasury to help pay for awards, sanctions, etc. for our Fall 2019 Specialty Show as well as any and all specialty shows going forward (including our Spring 2020 Specialty in Dalton, GA).
Previous posts had touched on the auction a bit, but this post is to explain more in-depth so that everyone understands the timeline and what we are doing. We are currently accepting donations, through the month of September. The auction will run tentatively from October 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019. Items available for auction will include goods, services, and ANIMALS! Yes, you read that right, we will be accepting rabbits for bid, however we will be running the auction a bit differently than others have before.
At the moment, we plan to run all items EXCEPT animals via our Facebook group. All animal auctions will occur on our club website, at the 2019 Fall Benefit Auction link under the ‘Market Place’ parent page (this link is not active yet, but should be by mid-late September). This keeps the club in compliance with Facebook’s stringent no-animal-sales policy, while also allowing people to bid on animals through our own platform. We plan to advertise our animal auction on MeWe as well, to gain maximum exposure.
The plan right now is to run the Facebook auction for the non-animal items, goods, and services in 1-week ’rounds.’ This allows people to bid on items during one round, while we are still able to take in new auction items for additional rounds. The animal auction via our website is currently planned to take place for the duration of October in ONE CONCISE ROUND of bidding. Animals may be added up until the last week of October (by 10/24) to allow at least a week’s worth of bidding on any and all animals.
The website auction platform currently works by an admin submitting the animals to the auction plugin (after assigning them a unique auction ID #), then bidders may enter their name & a valid email in order to place a bid. Each item will have specific starting bids & bidding increments. Bidders receive notifications if they have been outbid, and when the auction terminates to the highest bidder. Winners have 24 hours to PayPal their bid to the club, before the bid defaults to the next highest bidder. I have posted the full auction rules for both Facebook & the website at the bottom of this post.
Currently, as club members OR club supporters, we would like two things:
1. Please work on garnering donations. Anything is appreciated, including outright monetary donations made to the club PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Please invite folks to our Facebook Auction Page – even if they aren’t involved in the club, if they’re rabbit/cavy or ag people, we would love to have their support. Many items will be available for auction that may be applicable to people of many interests.
A short list of some items that have been donated currently include, but are not limited to: Silver Fox rabbits, kayak/paddle board rental, hatching eggs, beginner horseback riding lesson, cross stitching and other custom crafts, carriers, decals, and more!
Website Animal Auction Rules:
If you are placing a bid, you MUST include your FULL name and a valid email address so that you receive notifications when you’ve been outbid, and so that you receive an email notifying you if you win. If you do not include a method of contact, your bid will not be valid and will be removed. Our first auction will run from 10/1/2019 through 10/31/2019. All payments should be done through PayPal and must be received within 24 hours from close of auction. Include in the notes the Rabbit ID # (marked in each individual auction page). You, the bidder, are responsible for all transport of rabbits, including obtaining any pedigrees or other information from the seller. Please make arrangements as necessary. Most rabbits should be available for pickup at our 2019 Fall Specialty Show 11/16 in Perry, GA. It is the responsibility of the seller and the buyer to work out details.
Facebook Auction Rules:
Our first auction will run from 10/1/2019 through 10/31/2019. We will be accepting donations through 9/30/2019. Items for auction include goods, services, and merchandise. Please send all donations to Hannah Yost via FB message or email email@example.com. All auction items need to be sent to GSFRB for approval, once approved, the item will be posted available on the auction page with all pertinent information.
If you are donating an item, please include the following in your message/email: 1. Item Name 2. Starting bid 3. Location 4. Shipping / pickup requirements 5. Other pertinent information All payments should be done through PayPal and must be received within 24 hours from close of auction. Include in the notes the Seller’s Name & Item Name.
You, the bidder, are responsible for all transport of auction winnings. Please make arrangements. It is the responsibility of the seller and the buyer to work out details. If there are multiple bidders at the end of an auction, the winner will be determined by the highest bid within 5 minutes of the previous bid at which point in time the auction will end if no further bids are submitted.