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.


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SPRING AUCTION

When:
Saturday, June 6, 2020 Event Cancelled
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 – BUILDING B


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FALL AUCTION

When:
Saturday, September 26, 2020 – MASK REQUIRED
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


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2020 FALL AUCTION UPDATE
Minnesota Bonsai Society (MBS) is planning on holding the Fall Auction on September 26th with an abbreviated version (limited to live auction only – no silent auction) to allow both people and items to be spread out more.  The intent is to provide a safe venue for viewing and bidding.  

The auction is going to be in the pavilion on the west side of the main road coming off of the 40th St entrance.

The Auction will be limited to LIVE items only to allow enough space to view items and to accommodate more spread out seating.  Because of the need for distancing, we are restricting attendance to those interested in bonsai.  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. Try to keep household attendance to two or one person.  We will require masks be worn during attendance inside the building.

The auction schedule will be the same as in the past.  Someone will be at the building around 8:30am.  Sellers need to bring their material with completed cards by 9am or 9:30am at the latest.  Public viewing starts at 10am. The auction starts at 11am and will continue until all items have had a chance to be sold.  Check out can be done early to avoid the rush if there is no intention to bid or buy more after you are the successful bidder on your chosen item(s).

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.