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 will 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. Values from Canadian donors have been adjusted accordingly. 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. If you are tax exempt, please inform us when you receive a confirmation call and be prepared to present a tax-exempt form at pick-up and pay.

You will see lots on Boards A, B, C, and D two times before they are sold and bidding on these boards must increase by at least $1. Bidding will increase, at least, by increments of $5 on the All-Star Board, $10 on the Major Board, and $25 on Champion Board. Wheel of the Night lots are sold at the announced price and are limited to one per household. All lots are presented in ‘as-is’ condition and are not exchangeable, not refundable, and not redeemable for cash.

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. Bids are accepted before a board closes; bids are accepted from callers on the phone when a board closes but not those calling after. In the event of a tie, each bidder will be asked for their highest bid and the high bidder will prevail.

Studio phone operators cannot confirm winning bids. All winning bidders will receive a phone call from our confirmation department. Do not come to Pick Up & Pay unless you have received a confirmation call. Calls are only made until 11 pm most nights. All high bidders after 11 pm will be contacted tomorrow. If you receive a confirmation message, you have 24-hours to respond between 9 am and 11 pm before the lot is offered to another bidder or is rescheduled in the auction.  All items must be picked up by Friday, May 17.

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

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 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  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.

To have your business or organization featured, please call now and ask to speak to an auction associate.

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, available first come-first served: Sorry, no reservations.

  • An insulated tote bag from Independent Commercial Contractors
  • A $5 gift certificate to 1000 Islands River Rat Cheese
  • A $5 gift certificate to Byrne Dairy
  • A six pack of Pepsi
  • A cookie card from 3 Bears Bakery in Potsdam
  • A $5 gift certificate from Jodi’s Dairy Bar in Brownville
  • A $5 gift certificate from Busted Grapes Winery in Black River
  • A $5 gift certificate to Yellow Barn Winery in Sackets Harbor
  • A $5 gift certificate from Church Street Diner in Carthage

Pick Up and Pay

The final day to Pick Up and Pay for items is Friday, May 17. 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.

During Auction

Saturday, April 27 – Saturday, May 4
9:00 am – 11:00 pm

Sundays, April 28 and May 5
9:00 am to 9:00 pm

The week after auction

Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday, May 11
9:00 am to 4 pm

Monday – Friday , May 13 – May 17
9:00 am – 6:00 pm