Buying Art – The Rules
Print Shop - Pieces in the Print Shop are just sold for the price marked on them. Bring them to the Art Show Office, pay for them, and take them with you immediately.
Art Show - Pieces in the Art Show may have two prices, Minimum Bid and Quick Sale (pieces which have "NFS" on their bid sheets are Not For Sale). Pieces with a quick-sale price may be bought outright for that price if no one has bid on the piece yet. If the piece is small, bring it and the bidsheet to the Art Show office and pay for it (if the piece is large or awkward, you might want to bring just the bidsheet). You can take it with you immediately if you need to, but we’d prefer you leave it on display through Saturday, so others can see it and envy you. If there is no quick-sale price on the bid sheet, you can't buy it via quick-sale.
Quick Sale is pre-emptive. A piece with a written bid can no longer be sold by quick-sale. Just as Quick Sale prevents other bids, other bids prevent quick sale. A quick-sale price is generally more than the minimum bid, but may be less than the piece would sell for if it went to auction.
If you would rather try to pay less than the quick-sale price, or if you cannot buy the piece via quick-sale (no quick-sale price or someone has already bid on it), bidding follows the rules below:
1. Your bid, written or voice, is a promise to buy the piece at the bid price. All bids are final. Bids must be whole dollar amounts. Just fill in your badge number, name, and the amount you are offering.
2. The first bid on a piece must be at least the minimum bid, but can be more. Each subsequent bid must be a whole dollar amount greater than the previous bid.
3. If there are less than 3 (or maybe 4 - we’ll decide the number when we have a better idea of what attendance will be) written bids on a piece, it goes to the highest bidder at that price. Three or more written bids will send a piece to the voice auction, where bidding will start from the highest written bid. If there are no voice bids, the piece will go to the highest written bid.
Pieces you buy may be picked up on Sunday. If you need to pick up your art before this, or cannot pick up your art before 4:00 pm Sunday, see the Art Show staff.
If you cannot attend the voice auction but want to bid for a piece there, see the Art Show staff.
We can also pack work you bought and even ship it for you (but you pay postage).
How Bidding Works Out
Quick Sale is the only way to guarantee that you get a particular piece.
If the Minimum Bid is $40 and the Quick Sale is $45, you might just want to pay the extra $5 – if nobody has bid on it yet. On the other hand, if the Minimum Bid is $40 and the Quick Sale is $300, you might want to try getting it for less than $300. If you make a $40 bid you are likely to get overbid. You can do so and be prepared to defend it at the voice auction if you need to. Or you could bid something like $120, which is much less likely to get overbid but also much less than $300. How much do you want it, how much can you afford, and how high do you think it will go at a voice auction? Bidding can be something of a strategy game.
Expect an early flurry of Quick Sales and written bids, followed by a slow accumulation of each, followed by a last minute flurry of written bids. Even a minimum bid has a fair chance of winning but some people will snipe, overbidding you at the last minute. Just before closing there will be people hovering over pieces they want to get.