This year, once again, I entered a piece to the SAQA Benefit Auction.
Last year’s donation took a while before it finally sold just before Christmas, and that had a bit of a dampening effect on my eagerness to produce a donation quilt. But I had managed to send it off sort of on time, at least, paid a lot of postage for it. I did not get around to choosing or posting my personal dream collection, nor did I request a ‘bid on me’ promotion picture of my quilt. I had intended to post about the auction, before it started, but the recent developments in my professional situation plus the fact that Heather from 20 Perspectives was coming to visit and we then took off to Ste. Marie-aux-Mines together prevented that. On the day when Diamond Bidding started I thought about it once more, but we had insufficient internet at the accomodation at that point and as an aftermath of last year’s experience I briefly thought ‘aaghhh – mine won’t sell right away anyway’ and thought I could still do the promotion stuff on my side on the train after leaving Ste. Marie, which would still have been sufficiently early before the regular beginning of the auction. Imagine my surprise when I received Jennifer Solon’s mail on the morning of the Sunday when I left France that my piece had actually sold in the Diamond Bidding period of the auction. It’s gone… no promotion of my quilt necessary anymore. That’s what I thought.
This morning I received a mail from SAQA that there had been a ‘bidding error’ and my quilt hadn’t sold after all and was being ‘repositioned to section 3’ of the auction. So right now it is still for sale – currently at the price for diamond bidding, because as I am writing it is still section 1 in the running for US$100.
Please take a look at the quilts still for sale – whether you like mine, or another, perhaps you feel like supporting SAQA in their annual fund raiser.
The auction will be on for a couple more weeks, until October 8.
Now I just hope mine won’t linger in the store until Christmas…