Did someone say Backyard Garden Party? Yes we did! The annual Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation live auction is coming up on Sunday April 28, 2024. This year we are once again celebrating both in-person and online—it’s up to you how you choose to participate, we are excited to spend this time with you no matter where or when you show up. Mark your calendars and get ready to have some fun, the Backyard Garden Party Auction 2024 is here!

Auction Information

Ticket Information

To reserve your place at the live auction, each person must register by purchasing a ticket.

  • Purchase online through the EUUC Auctria auction website
    • Begins: open now!
    • Ends: Monday April 22, 2024
  • Purchase in-person in the Narthex after services
    • Begins: Sunday April 7, 2024
    • Ends: Sunday April 21, 2024

Important: Access Code

After registering for the Silent (online) Auction, you will receive an email and a text with an Access Code. Please save this information as it will become the password used to log into your account on the EUUC Auctria auction site.

Or you can make it easy on yourself & click on the auction website link in the confirmation email or text, and it will take you right to our auction website where you are pre-signed in… no login needed.

Live Auction (in-person) Details

  • Date: Sunday April 28, 2024
  • Time:
    • Lunch: 12:30pm
    • Live Auction starts: 1:00pm
  • Ticket Price: $25, which includes catered, box lunch by Panera Bread and beverage from our event bar.
    • When you purchase your ticket online, there is a place for you to indicate the names and ages of your children you plan to bring, if childcare is needed, and any food allergies or dietary restrictions.
      • Childcare for toddlers through 12 year olds is available from 12:30-3pm with lunch and play activities at no cost.
    • Everyone 13 years or older are required to purchase a ticket.
  • Location: Chapman Hall
  • Auction Chair: Nancy Gladow
    • Have questions? Contact Nancy here.
      • Note: Answer the form question first, then a comment box will appear for you to type your message into.
  • Preview Auction Items

Silent Auction (online) Details

  • Start date/time: Wednesday April 24, 2024 6:00pm
  • End date/time: Sunday April 28, 2024 1:00pm
  • Location Information
  • Preview Auction Items
    • Browse to the EUUC Auctria auction website.
    • Click on the Online Auction Catalog tab at the top of the page.
    • Items will be available to view in person in the Narthex on Sunday, April 21 before or after the service
  • Note: If you purchased a ticket for the Live Auction (in-person), you do not need to register for the Silent (online) Auction.

Important: Access Code

After registering for the Silent (online) Auction, you will receive an email and a text with an Access Code. Please save this information as it will become the password used to log into your account on the EUUC Auctria auction site.

Or you can make it easy on yourself & click on the auction website link in the confirmation email or text, and it will take you right to our auction website where you are pre-signed in… no login needed.

Donations Needed

Each of us has talents, knowledge, tools, and possessions that can generate auction items. People who enjoy cooking meals, baking desserts, or offering to host dinner parties are always a hit. Those endowed with repair skills and strength may chip in by weed pulling, hauling, or other handyperson services.

People can donate sunset cruises on the Puget Sound and weekends in beach cabins. Gifted crafters make things such as knit scarves and bead necklaces. Members share their expertise by donating a few hours of technical assistance, bird watching tours, or other lessons. People join together to host events, such as movie nights and parties.

Each auction item is made valuable by the talent, treasure, and time contributed by our friends in the EUUC community.

For donation ideas, check out the 2020 auction catalog or a prior list of items donated in past years.

Gift certificates to stores—online or in person are great—as are gift cards for local restaurants you like to support. Offer a concert, a demo cooking class, a dance night, or a crafting class. Prepare baked items that can be personally made and dropped off, or dinners that can be delivered.Create a themed basket of your favorite chocolates, beers, wines or other items.

To donate an item or event, please use the form on the EUUC Auctria auction website. Click the Donate an Item tab at the top of the page.

Auction Donations Deadline: Thursday April 18, 2024

Fund-A-Need

Our Auction always includes a special raise-the-paddle item coming from a need or an idea from the congregation. This year our Fund-A-Need donations will be used to fund a new front door of the EUUC building. With improved security, and a fully-accessible design for all needs, the new front door will offer a safe and welcoming entrance to our community space.

This is a way for us to collectively help out with a special need. We hope you’ll give generously!

Note: If you’re coming to the live auction, please wait to make your donation in person at that time.

Honoree Tie Recipient

EUUC has a long tradition of gifting a “loud tie” to a member of the congregation who is required to wear it to at least one Sunday service. The tie is in honor of one of our founding members, Stewart Chapman, who wore a loud tie himself. He was a wonderful generous man who helped our congregation thrive in many ways. We honor a member who follows in his footsteps, giving of themselves to make our congregation the wonderful place that it is. We make contributions to EUUC toward the honoree during the auction each year. Please include a contribution to the Honoree Tie in your auction bidding!

Note: If you’re coming to the live auction, please wait to make your donation in person at that time.


Auction FAQ

How do I bid online?

  1. Go to our event website: https://fundraiser.bid/EUUC2024
  2. Register by clicking on “Online Auction Registration” and filling out the form. You will be required to enter your credit card information.
  3. When the online auction starts on April 24, 6pm, go to our event website
    1. Tip: If you go back to the email or text you were sent after you registered, the link it provided will take you right to our auction website where you are pre-signed in… no login needed.
  4. Click on “Online Auction Catalog.”
    1. Tip: You might want to check out the items before the online auction starts, so you’ll be ready to go when it opens. Some items go quickly!
  5. Click on the item you’re interested in and start bidding.

Can I bid online and attend in person?

Yes! We encourage you to participate in both, as there are different auction items and events in the online auction and live auction and we know you’re not going to want to miss either one!

When you attend the live auction, you’ll want to bring your smartphone with you, as you will have 30 minutes to do more bidding on the silent (online) auction items before the live auction starts, and you can see them in person. For the live auction, you’ll be given a bidder card with a number, which you raise to bid.

What device(s) will online bidding work on?

Any device that has internet access.

Auctria does offer mobile apps in the Google Play and Apple Store. If you do choose to install the app, be sure to select the one for “Auctria Mobile Bidding”. For more information, please see the Auctria Mobile Apps help page.

Can I bid before a certain date/time?

The silent auction (online) starts Wednesday April 24, 2024 at 6:00pm and ends Sunday April 28, 2024 at 1:00pm.

Can I participate if I’m not an EUUC member?

Yes, our EUUC visitors are welcome to participate.

What about COVID?

Attendees are required to be vaccinated to attend the auction, in keeping with our vaccination requirement to attend Sunday services. Although COVID testing the day of the event is not mandatory, it is suggested.

The auction has been planned with the advice of our COVID Advisory Team.

Can I receive a refund if the event sponsor canceled/rescheduled?

Refunds should be requested in writing or email addressed to the auction chair and will be issued for the following reasons:

  • The event sponsor does not hold the event.
  • The event sponsor changes the date of the event and the attendee cannot attend on that new date. This does not include when alternate dates are announced in advance and appear in the auction catalog or bid sheets.

If you sign up for an event and later find you cannot attend, please inform the host of the event, and then take either of these steps:

  • Give or sell your place to another person. Finding a person willing to accept or purchase the item or event is your responsibility.
  • Donate the event item to the church and notify the auction chair who will invite someone from the Event Substitute List.

 

The 2023 EUUC auction was a great success!