Rules

The number to call when bidding is 315-782-8600. Call now to request your free Quick Bid Number.

You must be at least 18 years of age to bid. By bidding, you are engaging in a binding contract and agree to fulfill your obligation on any high bid. High bidders that do not pick up confirmed lots will be required to submit payment at time of confirmation in future auctions or be restricted from bidding.

All values have been provided by the donor and are represented in U.S. funds and all bidding and payments are in U.S. funds only. All lots require an opening bid indicated in red on the board. Purchases are subject to New York State sales tax in addition to the winning bid amount.

You will see lots on Boards A and B two times before they are sold and bidding on these boards must increase by at least $1. You will see items on all other boards multiple times before they are sold. Bidding will increase, at least, by increments of $5 on board C featuring lots valued from $250 to $499, bidding increments of $10 on board D featuring lots valued from $500 to $999, and bidding increments $25 on the Platinum Board featuring items valued at $1,000 and more. Some lots will be featured in a Gallery and sold before 10 pm. Bidding will increase, at least, by increments of $25 on Gallery lots. All lots are presented in ‘as-is’ condition and are not exchangeable, not refundable, and not redeemable for cash. Some items may need some conservation and/or restoration.

Before calling, make note of the lot number you’re bidding on and the board it is on. When placing a bid, provide your name, address, and a telephone number where you can be reached within 24 hours for confirmation. The high bid is not always represented on the board as multiple operators are taking bids on all lots at all times. In the event of a tie, each bidder will be asked for the highest bid they wish to place, and the high bidder will prevail.

All high bidders will receive a confirming phone call. Do not come to Pick Up & Pay until you have received a confirmation call. Calls are only made until 11 pm during the auction. All high bidders after 11 pm will be contacted tomorrow. If you receive a confirmation message, you have 24-hours to respond before the lot is offered to another bidder or is rescheduled in the auction.

We will ship certificates only and they are subject to limitations and restrictions as described on-air. WPBS is not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. All other items must be picked up at the WPBS studio, 1056 Arsenal Street, Watertown, New York.

If any donor or buyer experiences any difficulties, we urge you to contact us immediately so that we can resolve the issue for you in a satisfactory manner.

Visit wpbstv.org/buyersguide to view these rules, browse all lots, and see the nightly schedule available just before the auction begins each night. WPBS reserves the right to revise the schedule at any time. The auction is also streaming online at wpbstv.org and on the WPBS-TV Facebook page.  Due to the nature of internet streaming, the online broadcast is delayed based on your internet service. Please be aware that boards close in the studio before they appear to close online.

To be a successful bidder, we urge you to bid quickly and of course high! All proceeds benefit WPBS; the media source for lifelong education, entertainment, and information that inspires those we serve.

Overbid Incentive

If your winning bid is $1 or more over the lot value, you’ll have your choice of one of the following while supplies last:

  1. Byrne Diary ten $5.00 Gift Certificates.
  2. Thousand Island River Rat Cheese twenty $5.00 Gift Certificates.
  3. Burrville Cider Mill six tokens for a gallon of cider.
  4. Busted Grapes Winery $5.00 Gift Certificates.

Pick up and Pay

All items must be picked up and paid for by 12pm on Wednesday, November 22. High bidders that do not pick up their items will be required to submit payment at confirmation in future auctions or be restricted from bidding. If you have multiple items to pick up, please call ahead and we will prepare your pickup in advance.

Pick Up and Pay Hours

Friday, November 10
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Saturday, November 11
9:00 am – 11:00 pm

Sunday, November 12 – Friday, November 17
9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 18 – Sunday, November 19
Closed

Monday, November 20 – Tuesday, November 21
9:00 am – 5:00pm

Wednesday, November 22
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Closed Thanksgiving Day.