ToteTuesday – How Does It Work? Part III – Bidding

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Today’s tote-ology post is about how to bid on ToteTuesday and other administrative details.

Part II was about tote contents.  Part I was about the totes themselves.  A preview of all the totes is here.

Bidding Challenges: There will be some bidding twists for the big finale of ToteTuesday on February 23 to help us raise as much as possible for the American Cancer Society. Four of the sixteen totes will be participating in an Olympics-inspired Gold Medal Round.  They will have no Go For The Gold bid as they will be competing to raise the most money for the ACS.  To reward your generosity during the ToteTuesday finale, there will also be special bonuses and incentives.  All the details here.

1.  Tote Tuesday will be held here on my blog from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CST Tuesdays in February.  The last ToteTuesday will be February 24.

2.  Each tote will have an opening bid indicated. I reserve the right to correct any errors in pricing. Bids must be made in increments of $10. No need for sniping because any bids coming in too late to be posted before the 2:00 p.m. CST closing will be accepted but the former high bidder will have a chance to bid again.  Bidding between these two bidders will continue until one bidder chooses not to continue. So bid early if you have your heart set on a tote or artwork.

3.  Bids should be made by e-mailing me at Virginia(at)
Use the subject line “ToteTuesday Bid.”  Use the subject line “Going for The Gold” if you want to own the tote immediately (see #4 below).  You may include bids on more than one tote in one e-mail.

My advice is to be as aggressive in bidding as you are able as I am going to be looking for the highest bid to post and I will REALLY be looking for the “Go for the Gold” bids.  So don’t feel badly if you don’t receive an acknowledgment of your bid.  It just means you were outbid immediately.

If you are worried if your e-mail might be caught in my spam filter, go ahead and send a trial e-mail today with the subject “ToteTuesday Test.”  I am not responsible for the vagaries of the e-mail system.

Just Bead it! tote contents sponsored by Larkin Van Horn

4.  There will be a GO FOR THE GOLD donation (3x the opening bid) that allows the champion supporters of ACS to buy the tote immediately.  This option is only available until the bids reach within $50 of the GO FOR THE GOLD donation.  Why? We are fundraising and if bidders would like to higher than the Go For The Gold donation, I’m all for it.

Example:  Tote Opening Bid is $100.  The GO FOR THE GOLD donation will be $300 and will be available until bids reach $250.

5.  I want ALL the money to go to the ACS, so I will fielding your bids, updating the current highest bid and Go For The Gold winners when I can, etc. etc. Patience is a good thing and I appreciate yours.

Rustic Winslow Market Tote donated by Mary Ann Van Soest

6.  Once you have received confirmation from me that you are the new owner of the tote, proceed to Fiberart For A Cause’s ACS donation page immediately. If this link does not work for you, this is the url:

All online donation is by credit card. Be sure to use the Donate button above the FFAC blurb and NOT the one on the side bar. The donation form will indicate that you are donating through the Forest Lake, MN ACS Relay For Life.  Why?

You will receive an immediate electronic receipt from the ACS for the total amount of your donation.  100% of the proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.

Do not make a donation until you have been notified that you are the new owner of a tote as there are no refunds.

7.  Your  e-mail will be shared with donors who will contact you directly to arrange shipping.  There may be shipments from more than one person.

That seems pretty easy, no?  Questions?  Leave a comment or send a note to Virginia(at)

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