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Convention 2016 Silent Auction and White Elephants

The Silent Auction will be a venue for RARE, UNUSUAL, VALUABLE items. There will still be an opportunity to 'share' grandma's holiday gifts, worn t-shirts, duplicates of current in-print books (used in-print books will by donated by us to schools and libraries), etc. That will be in an area in the Sales area called the White Elephant table. These items will be priced and can be purchased immediately. Since we expect to have lots of white elephant items, this table will be replenished multiple times during the weekend. Be sure to check out the Sales area often!

We have some very special, rare items that you can bid on even if you're not attending convention. A proxy will enter your bids, ending when your pre-determined maximum is reached. See the items and place your bids.

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction at Convention is an opportunity to buy interesting origami-related items and also make a contribution to OrigamiUSA. The Silent Auction is open when the Sales Areas are open, but closes at 1:45pm on Sunday to allow us time to finalize the winning bids. Come down at lunchtime to protect your bid!

Items for the Silent Auction must have a value of $25 or more. For example:

  • Out of Print/Signed Books/Foreign rare books
  • Rare T-shirts (perhaps from foreign countries)
  • Rare and unusual Origami related items – Clothing, wallets made from origami print material; lamps; vases, services, etc.

Silent Auction Donation Procedures

Donations for the Silent Auction are now closed.

To donate an item, follow this procedure:

  1. Fill out the linked form (above) describing your item. Print the form twice before you submit it (one for your records and one to send with your item). ALL items for Silent Auction must have a form filled out PRIOR to Convention.
  2. We will contact you to let you know if your item has been accepted into the Silent Auction. Please do not ship anything until we contact you.
  3. Once we confirm, all items should be sent to the OrigamiUSA Home-Office at 15 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024 Attention: Silent Auction or brought to the Silent Auction area on Friday 3 pm – 5 pm.

Please be aware that if you don’t fill out a form, we may be unable to process your items this year.

Silent Auction at Convention

At Convention, bidding will follow this procedure:

  1. Bid (include your name, phone and email with your bid).
  2. Silent Auction closes on Sunday at 1:45pm (stop by at lunch to protect your bids).
  3. Pay for items you have won on Sunday at 5:00pm in the Gold Mine.
  4. Gold Mine closes at 6pm on Sunday (you have one hour to pay.)
  5. Pick up items after you pay (show your receipt).

Silent Auction Hours

  • Friday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am – 8:30am
  • Sunday 10:00am – 1:45pm

White Elephants

White Elephants will be sold in the Sales area. These items will be priced and can be purchased immediately. Since we expect to have lots of white elephant items, this table will be replenished multiple times during the weekend, so check in often!

Items for the White Elephant area should have a value of less than $25. For example:

  • In print books
  • Gently worn/non-stained T-shirts
  • Origami paraphernalia that is 'cute' but not valuable

White Elephant Donation Procedures

  1. Bring items to Convention (Friday from 3pm – 5pm) or ship them to the OrigamiUSA Home-Office at 15 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024 Attention: White Elephant. Note: if you have a very large number of White Elephant items, please email convention-auction [at] origamiusa.org to let us know before you ship.
  2. Items will be sorted and priced at Convention.
  3. You do not have to fill out a form for these items

White Elephant at Convention

  1. Browse the White Elephant tables in the Gold Mine / Silent Auction Sales Area.
  2. Bring items to the cashier to pay.
  3. Check back later to see new items that have been added to the White Elephant

White Elephant Hours

  • Friday 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday 10:00am – 8:30am
  • Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm