Sunday, November 22, 2009


The auction is officially closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. I will be sending the winner a notification by the end of the day tomorrow. Thank you to everyone who is helping support me in this amazing journey.

Hugs - Mara

Friday, November 20, 2009

Silent Auction Ends Sunday Nov. 22 @ 6pm EST

Note your calendars - the silent auction will end on November 22 at 6PM EST. Any bids received after that time will not be valid - sorry - I have to end it at some point. Keep an eye on your favorite item and don't lose out!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bidding Profile

Well - there was a slight problem with the bidding comments section but that has now been fixed. When you select the profile please use anonymous option. You may get an error the first time but select it again and it should post...well, after you complete the "super secret squirrel" password verifier thingie.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

11 Different Auction Items

There are 11 different items in this auction. The list is to the right of the blog sheet. When you get to the bottom of the list hit Older Posts and you will see the balance.

Thanks and happy bidding!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Silent Auction Directions

So. You wanna bid on an item, eh?

I'd love to have you make a bid--just be sure to read over the rules. It's pretty straight forward. But if you don't read the rules, and I delete your bid, then you'll be mad and say, "...but I didn't know" which will cause me to say, "...didn't you read the rules?"

Do me a favor. Read the rules below. Then give me your hard earned money. Amen.

Just like a face-to-face silent auction, you will be able to see who has made a bid and how much. I encourage friendly competition!

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Mara at


PLEASE NOTE: To prevent your bid from being rejected, please be sure to put in the information as requested. Failure to do so will result in your bid not be accepted (otherwise known as deleted) and I'll need to move back to the person who bid before you.

Kind of a bummer, really.

Because I'd like the money...and you want the stuff.

On Another many auctions, flea markets, yard sales, etc. people want to get a "good deal". Please remember that we are raising money for breast cancer research & education. The price you pay for your item will be tax deductible. Each item has a starting bid. Some are higher than others, but in the end, remember, it all is going to a great cause!

Here is how you can place a bid:

1. Find the item(s) you cannot live without (hard choice, isn't it?).

2. Click on that item’s comments link--found at the end of the description (please note: the small pencil you see in the photo below will not show up on your view of this site. That is only visible to the blog editor.)

3. Once you click comments you will see a new pop-up area on the screen.


5. In the comment box, enter the following information:

  • Your first & last name
  • Valid e-mail address (this will be seen by others!)
  • Amount of your bid (in US dollars)

6. Scroll down and click the bubble next to OpenID and type in anonymous unless you have an established blog profile. If you aren't sure if you have a blog profile, please default to anonymous. This is necessary or else your bid will not be submitted.

Please note: Even if you have a blog profile, please include your e-mail. I've found that leaving comments saying "you've won" result in a lot of chasing to get the winner to commit to the item.

E-mail is just easier. Thanks!

7. Click publish your comment.
NOTE: You may get an error the first time you try to bid but please select the anonymous option again and then publish your comment.

8. Look again at the comments section to make sure that your bid has posted AND to make sure that your bid is still the highest!
Check back often as you may be outbid. Unlike e-Bay, we will not be contacting folks when they have been outbid. It is your responsibility to check back to see if you’re still the highest bidder on the item.

The auction will close on Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. EST. I will be notifying winners via e-mail (this is why we need your e-mail address!). You will have 48 hours to respond to the e-mail with the requested information. If I do not hear from you in 48 hours, I will move onto the 2nd highest bidder. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Per the Breast Cancer 3-Day office, payment for your item will need to be made via credit card, check or cash. Payment covers your bid amount. I will take care of getting the item to you which is why I need to make this a local silent auction as shipping gift baskets is very expensive.

PAYING BY CREDIT CARD: If you decide to pay by credit card you must pay online through the secure 3-Day site. This will be discussed once you are contacted regarding your winning bid.

PAYING BY CHECK: Check payments are acceptable and details on how this will be handled will be discussed once you are contacted regarding your winning bid.
PAYING BY CASH: Cash payments are accepted and will be posted to the 3Day site with your name and acknowledgement of your winning bid,

Happy Bidding & Good Luck!

Gourmet Coffee Basket from MaxMax Coffee

Wow – can we say AMAZING! This gift basket from MaxMax Coffee has everything that a coffee lover could want. Coffee beans when you are ready to roast your own; gift cards when you want someone else to make your special latte, espresso or cappuccino; and wonderful coffee accessories. And what goes good with some coffee? Of course - scones, biscotti’s or chocolates.

This amazing basket contains the following items:

· Two $25 MaxMax gift cards
· MaxMax Coffee 100% cotton t-shirt (large)
· MaxMax Coffee golf hat
· Gourmet Dark Chocolates in collector tin
· 3-cup stove top espresso maker
· 3 Be-Bop biscotti in Hazelnut Zebra, Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate Raspberry
· MaxMax Coffee 16oz travel mug
· White Chocolate Raspberry scone
· Brown Sugar Cinnamon scone
· Ceramic coffee mug with matching cookie plate
· ½ pound MaxMax espresso beans
· ½ pound MaxMax Costa Rican coffee beans
· ½ pound MaxMax Decaf Columbian coffee beans

This basket is donated by Allyson Reed of MaxMax Coffee located at 1747 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport. (In front of Food City) 423-378-6291 Visit the store and stop by their website.

Retail Value $175
Minimum Bid - $40

$28 Gift Certificate to WM Paul’s Bakery

Treat your family and friends to fresh bread and baked goods from WM Paul's Bakery in Kingsport, Tennessee. WM Paul’s Bakery prides themselves on making their baked goods from scratch daily.

Fill your home with the aroma of warm bread. WM Paul's Bakery features a variety of breads including white, sourdough, cinnamon raisin, and specially made European breads. Their bread is not only made from scratch, but it is also baked fresh daily. Any extra bread at the end of the day is donated to local charities.

Do you have a family recipe that you would like for a special occasion, but do not have the time to create? Bring the recipe to us and bring back your family tradition for your next gathering

Gift Certificate donated by WM Paul’s Bakery located at 316 Cumberland Street, Kingsport, TN 37660. Call them toll free at 866-675-7183, stop by and enjoy the tastes and smells of homemade baked goods and visit them on the web at

Retail Value $28
Minimum bid $10