See all those amazing photos above? Those are just a few of the pieces in our upcoming auction! Our auction will raise money to help cover the expense of our plane tickets to Kenya in the fall. Each ticket costs about $2,000, which means our family of four will need roughly $8,000 to travel from Minnesota to Nairobi, Kenya and back again two years later. Not only will your involvement in the auction help us to raise funds, but every piece in the auction would make a perfect Christmas gift! We’re holding the auction next Tuesday and Wednesday so that winners will receive their product in time for the holiday. An awesome cause AND awesome gifts?! Absolutely!
Where is the auction?
The auction will be held on Instagram. If you already have an Instagram account, simply click over to our feed @TheMangoMemoirs to follow us and then check in after the auction begins at 7pm CST on Tuesday, December 1 and start bidding!
If you don’t yet have an Instagram account, it’s really easy to set one up. You’ll need the Instagram app (I’m not sure whether or not you can just do this over the Instagram website) and then you can create a free account. You don’t need to download any photos or make your profile pretty if you’ll only be bidding on items. Simply search for TheMangoMemoirs profile, click follow, and come back after 7pm on Tuesday or any time before 9pm CST on Wednesday. Click ‘comment’ under a photo and leave your information to bid. It’s that simple! Feel free to leave comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.
How do I bid?
Bidding opens at 7pm CST on Tuesday, December 1 and closes at 9pm CST on Wednesday, December 2. Scroll through the items on our feed to find a few things you might like. To bid, click on the photo and then on the comment button. Place a bid at least one dollar higher than the previous bid, include your PayPal email address, and tag the person who placed the previous bid. Each item is open for bidding until I write CLOSED and announce the winner. This may mean some items will be available shortly past 9pm as I work through to close the items.
How do I pay?
You will be sent an invoice from me through PayPal within 24 hours of the end of the auction. You will then have until midnight on Saturday, December 5 to pay the invoice. If you are unable to do so, the item will go to the next highest bidder. We want to make sure everything gets paid for and sent out in plenty of time for Christmas!
Will we find out how the auction went afterward?
Absolutely! As soon as all items are closed, we will add up the final amounts and make an announcement of how much of our airfare has been covered. We could not do this without you and we want to share all the news with everyone who is supporting us!
What if I don’t get an item? Can I still donate?
YES! We only have so many items in this auction, and we know not everyone may end up with something. There will be an opportunity to make individual donations following the auction. We will post more information about that on Instagram. As always, you can also make donations straight through our missions organization at wgm.org/olsen. Every part of your donation in either place goes right into our Kenya account.