MBS Bonsai Auctions









Each year MBS sponsors a Spring and Fall Auction. This is a fun and exciting event where members can buy or sell trees, pots and other bonsai-related materials during the live or silent auction. It’s one of the best ways to obtain new material for your collection, or make room on your benches. A percentage of the sale is retained by the society to help fund other events.

The Spring MBS Auction is on June 12th at the Washington County Fairgrounds inside a building.  Do to continued concern for covid and the need to maintain some distance, we are limiting the auction to “live” only and not holding the silent auction this Spring.  It is anticipated that some form of the silent auction will be re-instated in the Fall.   

At this time, masking is still being enforced as it is anticipated distancing may be difficult and people get caught up in the moment looking at trees, etc.  Masks provide a measure of safety in close situations.

For those of you with items that might be more appropriate for the silent auction, group them together in a cut down cardboard box sufficient to hold the items but not overly large.  Include a listing of the items on your 3×5 note cards and a dollar minimum as usual.  Each seller should have no more than five of these combined lots. Items expected to sell for $35 or more dollars, can be presented individually in the live auction as usual.  Plant items should be free of weeds, outside soils, and not be dripping water when they arrive. Try to water the night before and not when you pack up your plant material. 

Auction Cards should be completed prior to arriving at the auction site.  The cards should be 3×5 hard stock cards.  You can choose to make your own out of hard stock but do not use print paper and do not substitute 4×6 cards. Two cards for each item are required.  If you want to put notes on care on one card, that is acceptable but both cards must contain the seller’s member number, an item number assigned by the seller, a minimum price the seller requires, and a name for the item.  One card is saved for the auction cashier and the other card goes to the buyer.  Each seller must be a member in good standing and must sign in with the number of items, he or she is selling in the auction.  Non-MBS members are welcome at the auction as buyers but you must be a member to sell items.  Scroll down to download card template.

The live auction continues until such time as all the items have been auctioned.  Remember, too high of minimum may engender no sale and those items must be picked up by the seller at the conclusion of the auction.  Think through your minimums as sometimes starting lower is more successful at selling an item at a higher price than occurs when the minimum is set too high and the auctioneer starts out higher. Appearance of the item is important to the success of a sale.  Top dollar is realized for items that appeal to buyers.  Dirty containers and weeds are not appealing.  MBS assumes no responsibility for items that do not sell and are abandoned at the end by the Owner. 


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SPRING AUCTION

When:
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Time: 10am – 2pm (Open to the Public)
9am – Seller Check-in only
10am – Public viewing starts
11am – Bidding starts
Where: Washington County State Fair Grounds, 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 –


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FALL AUCTION

When:
Saturday, October 2, 2021
Time: 10am – 2pm (Open to the Public)
9am – Seller Check-in only
10am – Public viewing starts
11am – Bidding starts
Where: Pavilion at Washington County State Fair Grounds, 12300 40th St N, Stillwater, MN 55082 Location may change. PLEASE check back for updates on location and auction details.


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SELLERS

Don’t water immediately before you bring tree material into the auction as the water tends to continue to drain out during the auction. No silent auction items and no items that are worth than $25.00. We reserve the right to reject items that would be more appropriate for a silent auction.

Complete 2 identical 3”x5” hard stock note cards LEGIBLY with ink that does not run when wet as follows:


Buyers can begin viewing materials from 10:00 am to auction start at 11:00 a.m. and sign in to get their lucky bidder number.

Live auction starts at 11:00 a.m. with silent auction bids accepted during the first half of the live auction. Silent bidders can check their bids and make changes as necessary during a 10 minute intermission before the silent auction closes. The Live Auction then resumes until all live auction items have been given a chance to be sold.

There will be odd/even checkouts, and another person available to accept credit cards. This will expedite the check out process for the buyer. Please wait until all of the silent auction items have been logged before asking to check out. This helps avoid errors in tabulating totals.

SELLER INSTRUCTIONS:
Sellers must fill out TWO 3”x5” cards for each item they wish to sell. Please print on heavy card stock or attach to a 3 x 5 card. The cards are to be completed prior to auction check in and must include the following: Download Word Template

Click to download digital word template
Please print on heavy card stock or attach to a 3 x 5 heavy card if using thin paper.


LEFT HAND TOP CORNER – Member number and item number (e.g., 100-1, your second item would be 100-2, third item 100-3)
RIGHT HAND TOP CORNER – Minimum Bid (optional, not required)
CENTER – Item description: tree species, pot, etc., also any specific information such as “re-potted this spring” or “needs winter protection”.
Sellers must be members and can have unlimited non-plant material in the silent auction but are limited to 5 non-plant items in the live auction. MBS receives 15% of the proceeds.

VENDORS
Vendors are welcome but sales are restricted to non-plant material only.

BUYER INSTRUCTIONS
Highest bid is the winning bid. In cases where the minimum is not met, the item returns to the owner. Checkout does not start until after the silent auction closes and the bids are tallied. The Society accepts cash, personal checks, Visa and MasterCard credit cards.