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Auction - Express Bidding
April 27th - 30th, 2017
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The WTVP 44th Annual Live Auction has come to a close. Thank you for supporting your public media station, WTVP, Public Media for Central Illinois!
Want to speed up the bidding process?

Get your bid posted faster with your own Express Bid number!

Express Bid numbers are a handy little perk offered by WTVP. They speed up the bidding process so your bid can get recorded faster. And every second counts when those boards are closing! They also come with the exclusive option to have your daily winnings held at WTVP until the end of Auction Pick Up 'n' Pay (Monday) instead of on a daily basis. Winners without Express Bid numbers are required to pick up their winning merchandise each day.

Note: Your Express bid number will be listed on the receipt that you will receive by email after your purchase.

Why should I get an Express Bid Number?

Besides the fact that you can pick up all your items during the last day of Pick-Up 'n' Pay, it's all about the speed of bidding! The average bidding process takes about 2 minutes, with an Express Bids you can cut that time in half!

Lets see the difference:

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00:00Operator:"WTVP Auction, my I take your bid?"
00:05Bidder:"Yes, I would like to place a bid on item # LC408 the toy train."
00:13Operator:"Let me see, the bid is currently at $40."
00:18Bidder:"Hmm… I would like to bid $45."
00:27Operator:"May I have your name?"
00:29Bidder: "I have an Express Bid number."
00:31Operator:"What is you number?"
00:33Bidder:"My number is XXX"
00:36Operator: "And your confirmation telephone number?"
00:39Bidder:"309-677-4747"
00:42Operator: "Let me confirm your Express Bid number of XXX and a confirmation number 309-677-4747, bidding $45 on item Number LC408"
00:58Bidder:"Yes that is correct."
01:00Operator:"Thank you for your bid to the WTVP Auction"
01:03
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00:00Operator:"WTVP Auction, my I take your bid?"
00:05Bidder:"Yes, I would like to place a bid on item # LC408 the toy train."
00:13Operator:"Let me see, the bid is currently at $40."
00:18Bidder:"Hmm… I would like to bid $45."
00:27Operator:"May I have your name?"
00:29Bidder:"John Tomczyk"
00:32Operator:"Can you spell your last name for me?"
00:42Bidder:"T-O-M-C-Z-Y-K"
00:44Operator:"Your address?"
00:50Bidder:"101 State Street"
00:53Operator:"Your City?"
00:56Bidder:"Peoria"
00:58Operator:"Your Zip?"
01:00Bidder:"61602"
01:04Operator: "And a phone number where you can be reached to confrim your bid, if you are the winner?"
01:10Bidder:"309-677-4747"
01:18Operator:"OK, let me confirm your bid of $45 on item Number LC408"
01:25Bidder:"Yes"
01:27Operator:"Your name is John Tomczyk"
01:30Bidder:"Yes"
01:32Operator:"Your address is 101 State Street, Peoria Illinois, 61602"
01:39Bidder:"Yes"
01:40Operator: "And your confirmation number where you can be reached is 309-677-4747"
01:48Bidder:"Yes"
01:50Operator:"Thank you for your bid to the WTVP Auction"
01:55
What is a VIP Express Bid Number?

Get your bid posted faster with an added VIP perk!

This year, you can upgrade your status to VIP Express Bidder. VIP Express Bidders will be given a special electronic password so they can access a private daily list of merchandise up for bid during the on air Auction - and that's in addition to all the benefits of a regular Express Bidder!.

How do I get an Express Bid & how much do they cost?

You can purchase your Express Bid number here online or you can call the WTVP office during buiness hours, (309) 495-0547.

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  • Fast & Easier Bidding
  • Option to pick up for items on the Last Day of Pick-Up & Pay (Monday) instead of on a daily basis
$6
Express Bid Logo
  • Fast & Easier Bidding
  • Option to pick up for items on the Last Day of Pick-Up & Pay (Monday) instead of on a daily basis
  • VIP perk, daily merchandise reports listing the items that will be up for auction that evening
$10
What are Daily Merchandise Reports?

Daily Merchandise Reports are a perk for VIP Express Bidders. Reports list the items that will be up for bid on that given evening. VIP Express Bidders will receive a password which will allow them to open the daily reports.

Please remember:

  • You will need a password to open these reports.
  • If you purchased your VIP Express Bid number online it was included on the receipt that was emailed to you.
  • If you purchased through the Mail or at the station, it would be on the form that had your VIP Express Bid number.
  • This is a list of items that are scheduled to appear on a given day. Due to time constraints we may not be able to auction every item.
  • Items are grouped by category and listed alphabetically.
  • Items are NOT listed by order of appearance.
  • The reports will be posted daily at least 1 hour before the start of the auction.
  • No Pre-Bids are allowed on general merchandise, only on Big Board, Tonight Board, Art and Antiques.
  • Unfortunately, due to call volume, we will not be able to answer any questions regarding specific air times.

Remember that you will need a password to open these reports. The password was included on the top of the blue VIP Express Biddeer sheet mailed to you or if you purchased one online a link to the form was included in your emailed receipt.

Here is a sample Merchandise Report, A password is not needed to view this sample.

Merchandise Report for Thursday 4/27/2017 has been posted. (password needed)

Merchandise Report for Friday 4/28/2017 has been posted. (password needed)

Merchandise Report for Saturday 4/29/2017 has been posted. (password needed)

Merchandise Report for Sunday 4/30/2017 has been posted. (password needed)


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Contact us

If you have question about the WTVP Auction, to make a donation, or to volunteer please contact the WTVP Development office.

WTVP Development

ATTN: Luann Caludin, Auction Director
101 State Street
Peoria, Illinois 61602

Voice: (309) 495-0547
Fax: (309) 677-4730
auction@wtvp.org

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