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The 5 Weirdest and Strangest Items to ever go up for auction

Published: 18/04/2018

The world has seen strange and unusual things being put on auction in the past. A shirt worn by a famous singer, a rough and unfinished draft of a poem written by a well-known writer in the 18th century, a spaceship model, etc. And all these weird things were sold! How about you? I'm dying to know - how much would you be willing to fork out to own such items?Talking about strange and weird things on auction, I've listed 5 of the strangest and weirdest things that were ever auctioned below.

1. Doors of the Chelsea Hotel - New York

Actor Humphrey Bogart once resided at the Chelsea Hotel in a room with this door-- now on sale in an unusual auction --Here seen at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York
What do Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Sid Vicious, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, and Bette Davis have in Common? All of them, at one time, stayed at the fabled Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Early this month, discarded items from the hotel are on display in an art gallery and are being sold by an auction house. The items are worn-out doors from the hotel rooms where dramatic or news-worthy events happened. Events such as Sid Vicious supposedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in 1978 in room 100 (but he died of a drug overdose before he could stand in court,) Mark Twain and Tom Wolfe making the hotel their home, Andy Warhol filming his first commercially successful movie "Chelsea Girls," and Jack Kerouac penning his beatnik novel, "On the road," which eventually became a Beat Generation bible.   The doors to these famous and infamous rooms are now being auctioned, thanks to an enterprising former homeless man who lived in the hotel from 2002 to 2011. (He was evicted from the hotel when renovations started.) The massive renovations started in the summer of 2011 to give the hotel a facelift which, until now, is not yet completed. “I was shocked,” Jim Georgiou narrated when he saw the doors in 2012 as they were chucked to the curb while the hotel’s renovation was going on. According to him, if the doors could talk, they would tell eye-popping history.Above: Jimi Hendrixhotel room door. He often stayed at the Chelsea Hotel in the 1960s. Photo: Guernsey'sGeorgiou, a few years after salvaging the doors and then transferring them to a friend's place gave Guernsey’s a call. He chose the auction house to take advantage of its reputation of having outside-the-box sales.   Auction fans are expecting the doors to fetch anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 each. Half the net of the proceeds will go to City Harvest (well known to provide food for homeless and hungry New Yorkers) and the rest to Georgiou himself. 2.          Winston Churchill's denturesThe dentures were auctioned by Keys in AylshamIt’s common knowledge that Winston Churchill had a speech impediment, but not everybody knows that he did not try to cover it up or overcome it. Actually, he maximized it after realizing that it was invaluable during World War II. To him, his impediment was a vital weapon for Britain in the war effort. During the war, when broadcasting outfits put his wartime radio messages on air, Churchill's voice was distinctive and was recognized by the listeners instantly.  Due to this, he didn't want to cover up his speech impairment. In fact, he wanted his speech disorder to stay that way. That's the reason why he asked a dental technician to design his dentures in such a way that his lisp would be preserved. Quite odd, but I think it’s a wise move as proven by its results. They were designed and made by a young dental technician named Derek Cudlipp. A set of the dentures has been kept by his family since Churchill's demise. However, it has been sold at auction for £15,200.During an interview, the dental technician’s son Nigel Cudlipp mentioned that his father's work was so important to the World War II prime minister that Churchill would not let him join the army and fight."When my father's call-up papers came, Churchill personally tore them up," Cudlipp said.According to the video interview of the dental technician's son, his father made 3 sets for Churchill because the British leader would often break them. "Churchill used to flick out his dentures when he was angry and throw them across the room," Mr. Cudlipp said."My father used to say he could tell how the war was going by how far they flew," he added. So... a former world leader's dentures, anyone?  3.          A Violin played as the Titanic sankA bandmaster's violin being played as the Titanic sank was sold for 900,000 pounds ($1.46 million) at an auction in 2013. That was a record price for memorabilia from the doomed ship.Wallace Hartley, the bandmaster of the vessel, played the musical instrument together with his band aiming to calm the passengers as the Titanic slipped into the frozen waters of the North Atlantic in 1912. The ship started sinking after hitting an iceberg. As the vessel sank, the band played the hymn “Nearer, My God, To Thee.” This soothing music played on while passengers hurried and climbed into lifeboats. Hartley and his 7 bandmates perished after choosing to play on. More than 1,500 people died in the accident.According to the folklore that developed around the accident, more than 10 days after the disaster, Hartley's body was recovered. When found, the violin was inside a leather case and was strapped to him.  It only took more than 10 days to recover the violin, but, it took more than 100 years to confirm that the instrument they found was actually the one owned by the band leader.Some people thought that the violin was lost in the Atlantic in the 1912 disaster. However, in 2006 the son of an amateur musician discovered it in an attic together with a silver plate displaying its provenance. After seven long years of testing, with tens of thousands of pounds poured out for the testing sessions, the water-stained violin has finally been proven to be the one played by the bandmaster.4.          Scarlett Johansson's used tissuePhoto: GettyWould you believe? Scarlett Johansson tried to sell a used tissue online. Do you think she was successful doing it?Let's see. The particular tissue, strangely an insanely famous one, was used to blow her nose on the Tonight's Show back when American comedian Jay Leno was the host. Didn't believe it at first, but this notorious tissue has gathered more than 64 bids on eBay. Bids for a tissue with mucus? Fans could turn really weird concerning their screen idols, don’t you think? For all you know, the owner could be keeping Johansson’s used tissue in an air-conditioned closet just to preserve it!    The latest report regarding the tissue says an anonymous bidder kicked out the rest of the competitors by dishing out a whopping $5,300 to get the honour of owning Scarlett’s dirty tissue.Johansson jokingly told the show's audience that her snot had value for the simple reason that she got the cold from another actor-celebrity, Samuel L. Jackson, the Associated Press reported.All the proceeds from the sale will be sent to a hunger relief charity supported by the actress.The famous tissue comes in a bag with the actress' autograph.5.          A guinea pig suit of armorPhoto credit: Sean McCoyWould you like to treat your pet guinea pig like royalty? By that, I mean secure and protect it with an armor.Back in 2013, the blogosphere went insane! All because somebody put an elaborately designed guinea pig suit of armor on auction. During the time Huffington Post Weird News first heard about the sale, a measly $305 was the highest bid. However, when the bidding session closed, the highest bid was $24,300. It's hard to believe, but, in 10 days, forty-seven bidders made 156 bids. For an armor designed for a guinea pig—that's amazing. No one could really predict what people will buy on auctions.Based on the product’s description, 100 percent of those profits will go to Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue, a non-profit organization based in Virginia that is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding new homes for unwanted guinea pigs.Praises to seller mightys0x. We absolutely did not expect this!UPDATE: According to the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue’s Facebook page, the winning bidder in the guinea pig suit of armor auction has backed out. The item has been relisted on eBay.

ALLBIDS Extend Plus500 Brumbies Partnership

Published: 13/04/2018

 The Plus500 Brumbies are pleased to continue their strong association with ALLBIDS as part of the Brumbies Family with the online auction site continuing their partnership with the Australian Conference Champions. ALLBIDS have been a long-term supporter of the club and have extended their partnership for a further two seasons taking in the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby campaigns as the Plus500 Brumbies preferred supplier of auction facilities for our premier business luncheon, The State of the Union. ALLBIDS is Australia's trusted home of unique online auctions with the company receiving over 100,000+ items every year from the Australian Federal Police, Government departments, estate executors, car dealers, insolvency firms, private households, collectors and leading retailers. They have the greatest range of unique auction items listed daily across key categories such as cars, antiques, art, electronics, computers, homewares, wine, tools, sporting goods, jewellery, collectables and many more. “We are very happy that ALLBIDS have decided to continue our long-term partnership at the Plus500 Brumbies,” CEO Michael Thomson said of the agreement. “AllBids are a well-respected locally based online auction house and their support of the Brumbies, particularly around our annual State of the Union Lunch, is very much appreciated. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship with them.” ALLBIDS CEO Rob Evans reiterated the company’s desire to support a community-focused local sporting club through this partnership. “ALLBIDS have been a long-term sponsor of the Brumbies with over ten seasons of support,” Mr. Evans commented. “We are proud to once again be committing to the Brumbies in 2018 and beyond. “The ALLBIDS brand has grown nationally over the past few years and, with strong growth projected for the next few years, we want to continue our association with another of Canberra’s great success stories. “We are proud to be a supporter of Canberra’s sporting institutions and look forward to the joint benefits this arrangement will bring.” Tickets for a table of ten for the State of the Union Lunch, to be held on Friday 27 April, can be purchased at the cost of $275 plus GST per person or individual tickets can be purchased for $295 plus GST. If you would like further information, or would like to purchase tickets for the event, please contact Michael Coulton on m.coulton@brumbies.com.au or call him on 0407 027 405

Club Lime Gym Equipment

Published: 5/02/2018

Club Lime are currently upgrading their facilities. They have enlisted the team at allbids.com.au to auction off their gym equipment with no reserve. Everything starts at $1and is online now here, closing on Wednesday 7 February.This is a great opportunity to grab commercial fitness equipment at a ridiculous price. Coming from such a well respected gym you can be confident that it’s been well-maintained and meticulously cleaned. Up for grabs there is various plate and pin equipment, rowing machines, racks and more.Canberra’s leading online auction site allbids.com.au, have over 100,000 registered Canberra bidders and are handling the entire process. To bid, simply:

  1. Go to allbids.com.au and register. Registration is free.
  2. Click the banner on the home page to view the gym equipment sale.
  3. Items are available for inspection at the ALLBIDS showroom in Fyshwick.
  4. If you are the highest bidder when the auction closes on Wednesday night, simply pay online or head into the showroom to pay and collect your purchase.
From $1, this is an extraordinary opportunity to get set yourself up at home before Winter kicks in.Visit allbids.com.au for more information.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Rome Mini-Shred snowboard.

Adrenalin Boardstore in liquidation – $500,000 in stock must be sold this week!

Published: 12/01/2018

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Rome Mini-Shred snowboard.

It’s the end of an era for a much-loved Canberra retail store – Adrenalin Boardstore.Adrenalin started in Lonsdale St Braddon and has been a very popular retail fixture in Canberra over the past 10 years, but the continued pressure of online retailing has meant that current Adrenalin store’s stock and fixtures in Fyshwick will be liquidated by online auction.Owners of the store are philosophical about the situation and thank their loyal customers from Canberra and around Australia for their support. Perhaps the popular Canberra store may re-invent itself as a website only presence in the future.In the mean-time Liquidators Deloitte Australia have tasked Canberra’s auction specialists
ALLBIDS with the job to sell over $500k in stock and fixtures over the next 7 days.Snowboards, skateboards, boots, jackets, sun glasses, goggles, helmets, clothes, shoes, accessories, fixtures, fittings and lots more, are all online at ALLBIDS with all auctions closing by next Thursday and Friday Jan 18th and 19th.If you are looking for somewhere to spend that cash you scored at Christmas from your mates and relatives and want to bag a bargain on some great sports gear, then log onto local auction site ALLBIDS and check out the bargains.All of Adrenalin Sports stock will be up for auction on ALLBIDS from today with absolutely no reserve prices.Many will remember Adrenalin Boardstore was initially in Braddon in the early 2010s and then moved to Fyshwick until recently going into administration. The online squeeze has become common place for many retailers with the “showrooming” and “webrooming” of retail stores whereby shoppers browse the store for the item and then buy it online from a wholesaler.Canberrans are well placed to take advantage of both the sun and snow – there is a great opportunity here to either update your snowboard or skateboard, boots or some other great new gear such as a jacket or goggles.This is a once in a decade opportunity to purchase this stock completely unreserved. Just visit Canberra’s most exciting online auction site www.allbids.com.au.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: BATALEON GLobal-Warmer Snowboard.

 

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: LOBSTER Jib-Board Snowboard.

Items for auction at ALLBIDS: Nomis, Krew, Oneill, Jones, Afends – Hoodies.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Spy soldier snow goggles.

Item for auction at ALLBIDS: Skateboard helmets.

This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Tim Bensonhttps://the-riotact.com/newsflash-adrenalin-boardstore-in-liquidation-500000-in-stock-must-be-sold-this-week/229664

An Arrangement of Christmas Presents wrapped in gift paper in natural shades

Looking for last minute gift ideas? We might have something for you!

Published: 18/12/2017

Don’t despair if you’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, ALLBIDS have got you covered.

Let me guess…last year you told yourself “next year I’m going to be super organised and get all of my Christmas shopping done early”. Sound familiar?While I’m sure you started out with the best of intentions, like most of us, you’ve probably once again left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and are now scrambling to come up with gift ideas that are both unique and affordable.Well, here’s the only tip you need to get your Christmas shopping sorted quickly and on a budget –
ALLBIDS. If you’re a little late to the show and haven’t heard of it yet,  ALLBIDS is Canberra’s premier online auction clearance house where you can find some really unique gifts at bargain basement prices.

A unique Antique Australian Rose Gold Bangle set to sell in the lead up to Christmas. Source: ALLBIDS.

Struggling to come up with good gift ideas will become a thing of the past when it’s so easy to find something for everyone you want to buy for from one location, including everything from vintage and modern jewellery and watches, to original artworks and statement pieces of antique furniture or collectables.You could pick up some cool tech gadgets like computers, projectors, headphones and other accessories, or you even find some great fashion and beauty steals at a fraction of the price you would normally pay. They even sell a great range of big brand name, local and boutique wines!

If you’re buying for a tech lover, picking up a refurbished Apple or Samsung product could make a great gift. Source: ALLBIDS.

If you want to give a gift with heart, maybe choosing something from one of their charity auctions where you can give someone special a gift they’ll love, while also helping make a difference in the local Canberra community.The items for sale largely come from private sellers, estate clearances or lot sales from a variety of businesses and agencies, so you never know what gem you may find.The site basically adopts an auction format where items can sell for as little as $1, guaranteeing you’ll pay the lowest price possible for your unique find, while also enjoying the convenience of having it shipped directly to your door.Because they have good relationships with various freight companies, if you bid and win an auction this week, they can even ship the item directly to you before Christmas. It doesn’t get much better than that!It’s easy to get started — simply register and start bidding on the items you want. I promise once you give it a go, navigating through over-crowded shopping centres to do your Christmas shopping will be a thing of the past!This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/looking-for-last-minute-gift-ideas-we-might-have-something-for-you/226676

Cashed Up Christmas - flipping for extra cash

Published: 9/12/2017

If your home is anything like mine, you have way too much stuff yet not enough money for when bills are due. As I head into the Christmas silly season, my challenge in this blog post is to convert some of my unwanted and unloved junk into cash.This is a slightly confronting issue for me to deal with. I know some people are really comfortable with selling things that they don’t need, but somehow, mentally, I feel like it is wrong. I worry that things that I have would not be perceived to be of value, that maybe people would laugh at me for listing them or for charging too much. I much prefer to gift to my favourite op shops or to give away via the Buy Nothing Project.This is, I realise, a limiting belief. I buy second hand goods all the time. I love a bargain. I also like looking for things that are slightly obscure (at the moment prasiolite aka green amethyst and vintage jewellery). So why wouldn’t someone just happen to want the odd thing that I have listed for sale? And if I thought something was valuable enough to buy it, why wouldn’t someone else want to own it?Some readers might remember that a few months ago I earned a few hundred dollars from selling some old Chinese provincial chairs that I no longer needed by listing them for auction with Allbids. They were lovely chairs, but didn’t fit into my apartment and were just cluttering up my car park in the basement. Now I have more room for my bicycles, and even room for my man’s motorbike.As an aside, if you are looking to attract a romantic partner into your life, one of the best things you can do is to signal to the universe that you are ready is to declutter. Start by clearing space in your garage for another car (or motorbike if that is your thing) and room in your closet for someone else’s clothes. Yep, I’ve done this and it works. It really works.Kylie from the Thrifty Issue is a big fan of ‘flipping’. Her blog is featuring a challenge of creating $20,000 in extra cash. Selling things you no longer need is one of the big ways that and she and others in her community make extra cash.Last month, during the Cashed Up Christmas month, I started on a challenge to list as many things for sale as I can between now and Christmas. Even if I only earn small amounts, I know they will add up. I am putting these small amounts into my new Acorns account. I am finding that watching how my savings adds up is quite addictive .What I have discovered through this is that it is now much easier than ever to list items for sale. There really are no excuses not to declutter and earn cash from your unwanted trash. These are some of the places that I am listing items that I no longer need or want:

  • Allbids. This is a Canberra-based online auction platform that is expanding throughout Australia. It is especially good for antiques and items that are a little bit quirky and might be of value because they have specialists who can appraise you of value and help you market it. (That kitsch knick nack that your dad or granddad bought in Asia on posting in the 70s might be worth more than all your household contents put together.) They are also really good for bulky furniture because they can pick up for you, and they are great for handling large lots such as deceased estates and items from people who are downsizing. Best part is that they do all the work – they take photos, list the items, liaise with the sellers and then just give you money when it is all finished. (Beware: this website is addictive and you might end up wanting to buy more than you sell.)
  • Gumtree. Gumtree has a large reach throughout Australia, and I find it works well for things that you want to be able to see in person such as furniture, handbags and clothes and bicycles. Listing is free, but there are inducements to encourage you to bump up your add. The only real problem is working out how much to list things for. I find that people tend to put on slightly higher prices to factor in it being negotiated down. Some of the jewellery on here, for example, I believe is over priced relative to Allbids.
  • Facebook marketplace. Facebook has been aggressively promoting its marketplace option, perhaps ahead of Amazon entering the Australian market. I have bought items off here, but I am yet to successfully sell something. I am slightly appalled by the amount of used make-up and perfume that is being offered, and the strong consumer culture (some people seem to have endless amounts of clothes). But it is soooo easy to just flick through and look at things.
  • Facebook groups such as buy, sell, swap and giveaway. There are several groups in Canberra and I am sure there are many groups in other places. If you list on Facebook marketplace it also gives you the option to list items into groups that you belong to so you can list in more than one place fairly easily. An added advantage is that your friends are notified when you have something to offer. I find this works well for household items such as baby items that you no longer need. The items can’t really be searched or curated as neatly as other platforms (there isn’t really a database as such), and I find that items tend to pop up for a day or two then disappear.
  • Work classifieds. If your work has an online classifieds forum, or even a cork board in the kitchenette, then use it. An advantage of selling through work is that it is easy to bring it in to sell (assuming the item is not too large). A disadvantage is that you might want a functional separation between your home and office lives.
  • Ebay. I am finding that increasingly sellers are commercial in nature with their own shops, but there is no reason you can’t list individual second-hand items on this platform. This can work well for the obscure. But as (unlike platforms such as Allbids) you don’t have someone to advise on value you risk underselling or overselling items that are potentially rare or valuable.
How have I gone? Well so far I have sold a wooden table that I no longer needed for $100, and an old kids bike for $20. There are three items that have no takers, and I am about to list some unneeded camping gear. (BTW, the featured image is of a item for sale – a Selangor pewter orchid necklace. The chain is, I think, silver and better quality than it looks. I don’t wear it. I don’t know why.) Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot – but it is $120 in my Acorns account growing interest that I wouldn’t have otherwise.Your challenge is to identify an item that you no longer need and list it for sale. Don’t delay and wait until you have ‘time’- pre-Christmas is the best time to do this. Just find something you don’t use and try to sell it – you will probably find heaps of stuff while digging around for the Christmas tree in any case. And connect with me and others on the Frugal Dare to Millionaire Facebook Group to tell us how much cash you managed to flip!This article was first published on msfrugalears.com Website byMs Frugal Ears https://www.msfrugalears.com/2017/12/09/cashed-christmas-flipping-extra-cash/

How to get the best wine buy in time for the festive season

Published: 1/12/2017

Stock up on your favourite varieties in time for your holiday festivities thanks to ALLBIDS.There’s no question the festive season is quite possibly the busiest time of the year. While the holiday period should ideally offer the opportunity to relax, refresh and reset, it rarely does.Whether you’re trying to juggle parties with friends, end of year work functions or hosting the extended family at your place, most of us have little to no spare time left in between organising the decorations, getting through the gift shopping and sorting out the catering.With the holiday season creeping closer every day, most of us are looking for a few shortcuts to help get everything sorted quickly and easily so we can make the most of our well-deserved time off.Well here’s a convenient and affordable solution to help you stock up on all the wine you’ll need to get right through the festive season, without even having to leave the house – ALLBIDS, Canberra’s home-grown online auction site, conducts daily wine auctions where you can get your hands on a wide range of premium quality wines, at bargain basement prices.

An Australian red wine mix that will be sold and delivered to the highest bidder. Source: ALLBIDS.

You can purchase half or full cases of white, red, sparkling and mixed varieties at hard-to-beat prices, from a large range of well-known Australian brands like ‘Penfolds’, ‘Rosemount’, and ‘Hardy’, as well as some smaller boutique and local wine producers.Their wine auctions start from only $1, with most cases selling at a price that equates to somewhere between $5 and $10 a bottle – prices well below what you would typically pay if you were to purchase them from a retail store. Even more, you won’t have to do any of the heavy lifting, with free delivery directly to your home, function, or event included in the purchase price if it’s in Canberra.They can even help if you have a function or event that is approaching fast and you’ve left it to the last minute to organise your wine order. With orders dispatched within 48 hours of purchase, your wine shipment should arrive in as little as 3 to 4 days so you can rest easy knowing everything’s going to be sorted in time.While the ALLBIDS auction process is very straightforward and will get you the best possible price, if you would prefer to place your order outright, many of their wine listings also offer a discounted ‘Buy now’ option, so you can make your purchase in the same way you would from any other retailer, while still saving time and money.Whether you want to get ready for an upcoming event or function, make a bulk order to use for corporate or other gifts, or simply stock-up the wine rack at home, ALLBIDS is all you need to tick it off your ever-growing to-do list.View their full range of wine sale auctions or register your details with ALLBIDS to get started.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/how-to-get-the-best-wine-buy-in-time-for-the-festive-season/225016

Decorative Chinese vase

Get in quick on the largest collectors estate sale in Canberra

Published: 15/11/2017

If you have an eye for Asian design, rare antiques or other collectibles, you won’t want to miss this rare opportunity to browse and purchase some unique wares from the estate of Cook resident and one of Canberra’s most prominent and passionate collectors, John Maxfield, an Audiologist who was also well renowned in the art scene in Melbourne in the late 1960s.In one of the largest and most exclusive estate auctions in Canberra’s history, the large collection of Chinese and other antiques, fine art, household and garden items will be auctioned and sold unreserved over two nights, online on Canberra’s home-grown online auction site, ALLBIDS with items remaining in situ at the Cook residence.It is a rarity that such an extensive and unique collection like this is made available to the public to bid on and it’s shaping up to be a highly-anticipated auction, with ALLBIDS appraiser Andrew Whitehead commenting on how “this is a genuine private collector hoard that was hidden from public view until now.”It’s hard not to be impressed with the vast collection of nearly 350 items which includes a wide range of decorative and household pieces, largely featuring various Chinese, Japanese and other Asian designs.Including a wide variety of unique artworks, vases, crystal and glassware, votives, candlestick holders and flatware, you never know what gem you may find.If you’re in the market for a vintage crockery set, choose between the collection of Royal Copenhagen Dinnerware, the Royal Doulton Yorktown China Dinner Service, or the collection of Japanese Fukagawa Fine Porcelain.

Pair of Chinese Gilt Bronze Buddhist Lions going to auction as part of the estate sale.

Maybe you are a fan of Asian ceramic pots and vases and would be more interested in a Japanese Kutani Vase and Fukagawa Bowl, a Chinese Peach Bloom Vase, or a pair of Chinese Coral Red Decorated Jars on Rosewood stands.Or if Italian style is more up your alley, maybe the Valentino lamp base will pique your interest. But why settle for one, when you could have a matching pair of Valentino lamp bases?

A pair of Chinese black lacquer stands which is set to sell on the 16th November.

The collection also encompasses a wide range of hard-to-find furniture pieces, including various chests, drawers, dressers, stools, and tables, but the real show stopper is the large selection of Chinese sideboards and cabinets which are sure to impress.If you’re keen to step your garden style up a notch, the collection also includes a huge range of stone and terracotta pots, planters, urns, stands, and pedestals, as well as various lanterns, water fountains, outdoor furniture, decorative sculptures, statues, figures and ornate garden features.However, don’t despair if garden items or decorative collector’s pieces aren’t really your thing, as the collection even includes some more practical household items you might be looking for like a Sony Bravia LED TV, Fisher and Paykel front load washing machine, Simpson dryer, Fisher and Paykel fridge and LG microwave.You need to act quickly as all the items in this rare and unique collection will be auctioned online on the ALLBIDS website over two nights with all items to be picked up from estate residence at Cook, with the garden statuary, pots and outdoor auctions closing on Wednesday 15th November and auctions for all antiques, art and household goods finishing up on Thursday 16th November.With items set to sell for as little as $1, you’d be crazy not to have a look. View the full collection on the ALLBIDS website to find your newest treasure now!This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/need-more-space-the-easy-way-to-sell-your-retired-business equipment/221380

Need more space? The easy way to sell your retired business equipment

Published: 8/11/2017

Successful business owners know better than anyone how important it is to have the latest and greatest equipment to help them stay at the forefront of their industry, but long gone are the days when you could invest in business equipment that would last a lifetime.Today, you would be lucky to get your hands on mobile phones that last longer than one year, computers that perform well for more than two years or a fleet of motor vehicles that you can get more than four or five years out of.While some equipment and tangible assets are worth holding on to for the lifetime of your business, most aren’t, which is exactly why so many businesses are looking for an easy, reliable and cost-effective way to dispose of their retired business equipment.ALLBIDS have the perfect solution.As Canberra’s premier home-grown online auction site, they can help you free up much-needed space in your office or workplace by turning your redundant, surplus or unwanted items into cash, with little to no effort required from you.Whatever your core business is, chances are you’ve got much better things to do with your time than worry about how to dispose of your old equipment. The smarter move is to outsource it to the experts.ALLBIDS can provide a customised, complete end-to-end solution where they’ll manage the collection, sale, and delivery of your unwanted items, so you don’t have to do a thing.So how does it work?Once you contact ALLBIDS, your personal vendor manager can arrange immediate collection of the items you no longer want from your workplace so you can get access to some much-needed extra space straight away. If you need it gone in less than 24 hours, they’ll make it happen!Having provided collection services for a wide range of businesses and Government departments throughout their more than 12 years in the industry, they can provide a solution no matter what challenges are involved, even if you’re operating in a highly secure environment or if your item/s are large or difficult to remove.Once they’ve collected the items, they’ll store them at their Fyshwick warehouse until they’re sold, absolutely free of charge.They’ll photograph and list the items for sale for their database of more than 100,000 users to see. With more than 50 percent of their users located in Canberra, they know your items will sell. In fact, they guarantee they’ll sell the first time, every time!They’ll even facilitate inspections from potential buyers who want to get a good look at the items before the auction. Even more, if you’d prefer to keep the item at your workplace until they’re sold, they can even facilitate on-site inspections with prospective buyers at your workplace so you don’t need to do anything.All items are advertised with a $1 starting price which helps raise awareness and interest from potential buyer before the bidding war begins and your items are sold to the highest bidder. It’s a tried-and-tested process which has proven to be a great way for businesses to achieve the best price for their items with vendors often surprised to achieve a higher price than expected.Selling through ALLBIDS even makes it easy for you come tax time. When you sell an item, they’ll provide you with a comprehensive record with a full breakdown of every item sold, the return you got on the items, the GST collected on your behalf and what you can claim back.Once your item is sold, the team will even take care of delivering it to the buyer, so you really don’t have to do anything.Surely there’s no easier way to sell your unwanted equipment quickly and without any of the hassle! Simply contact the team at ALLBIDS to get started.This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published on The RIOT ACT Website by Amelia Stephenson https://the-riotact.com/need-more-space-the-easy-way-to-sell-your-retired-business-equipment/221380

NCA readying historic Lobby Restaurant for sale

Published: 2/11/2017

The National Capital Authority appears to have added the historic Lobby Restaurant in Parkes to the menu of Commonwealth property sales in the Parliamentary Triangle.The Lobby and its sister the Pork Barrel Cafe closed in December last year and have been idle since. The NCA is believed to be readying the iconic property for sale including gathering photographs for the sales agent to use in a marketing campaign.The NCA was approached for comment but did not respond to a series of questions.The Lobby Restaurant was launched almost 50 years ago to serve MPs and staff from Parliament House across the road, and has been a witness to major political intrigues and events, as well as being a landmark dining destination.The iconic main restaurant first opened in 1968 and in recent times had transformed into a function centre, being a favourite choice for the capital’s weddings, with the nearby National Rose Gardens providing the perfect backdrop for photo shoots.The move comes soon after the sale of West Block opposite to local developer Geocon, which plans to convert the building into a luxury heritage hotel.It was one of six buildings, including East Block which houses the National Archives of Australia, identified by the Commonwealth for sale to the private sector.The NCA’s Heritage Plan for Parkes Place and the National Rose Gardens, says the NCA will promote the conservation of the Lobby Restaurant building consistent with its currently understood heritage values and any future revised understanding.“The conservation of the Lobby Restaurant should seek to be mutually consistent with the conservation of Parkes Place,” it says.The Lobby Restaurant is on the Register of the National Estate but not the Commonwealth Heritage List, and there is no separate conservation management plan.In January more than $300,000 worth of shop fit-out from the Lobby, including tables, chairs, glassware, crockery and catering equipment was auctioned unreserved on Allbids.At the time a former staff member said, “It’s very sad. The restaurant was just two years away from turning 50, and it’s seen many significant events in its time – including playing host to hundreds of weddings over the years.”Allbids CEO Rob Evans said then that it was the end of an era. “It was the only restaurant of its kind and has been around for longer than New Parliament House,” he said.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Ian Bushnell https://the-riotact.com/nca-readying-historic-lobby-restaurant-for-sale/221654

A bit of bling - buying quality jewellery online

Published: 25/10/2017

On a recent trip to Sydney, my new boyfriend couldn’t help but notice that I liked to pause and look at jewellery shops. Doesn’t every woman love a bit of bling? I certainly do, and perhaps, just perhaps, I like to daydream about a present of bling from the man I love. But as a frugalista, I certainly do not like paying top dollar for it. Nor do I want my man to.A guy at work is thinking about buying something special for his girlfriend. Yes, he is ready to pop the question and he wants to do it properly. The convention wisdom is that he must invest two months’ worth of wages into the ring. In an era when wages are stagnant and many young people are struggling to get a foothold into the housing market, spending a small fortune on a rock seems criminal. But what options are there for a groom to be who wants to show the love he feels for the woman of his dreams? Well, he could forgo an engagement ring entirely. But many men are too scared that they would be viewed as cheap or uncaring. Then there is the story of a friend of a friend who broke up with her long-term boyfriend because the rock he gave her when he proposed wasn’t big enough. No man wants that to happen. Another alternative is to forego the expensive jewellery store in search of better value options online. Jewellery stores have a huge mark-up on the product. It is not their fault: they need to pay for rent (often in shopping centres or prestigious suburbs), hire staff, install expensive display cases and downlighting that helps diamonds sparkle. Further, they need to stand by and wait as people try on rings, and try on more rings, and try to decide if the ring would be the perfect fit. Or not. I walked into a jewellery store recently and I had three people waiting on me – oh the pressure! I almost bought something just to keep them happy.I was first made aware of why the best bargains are not in jewellery store by chatting with a taxi driver. I love chatting with taxi drivers – they are always so full of stories. This one admitted he used to be a jeweler. He described the industry as criminal; jewelers like himself struggled to find a creative outlet as most product was imported in bulk and sold at a high margin. Yep, most jewellery in stores in Australia are expensive relative to what you can get elsewhere. A more cost-effective way to purchase is to buy online. You can save up to 80% on costs this way (and yes, I have been browsing – as I said, I may be frugal but I LOVE a bit of bling). The advantage of shopping online is that it foregoes the middleman, so you are dealing directly with the shop – and in often cases with the designer him/herself. You would be surprised how few physical jewellery stores have a designer in the shop these days. Most jewellery is purchased from overseas, and very little is custom made. But isn’t it dangerous, you might ask? Not if you use a shop that has trusted reviews, on a platform you trust such as Ebay or Etsy. Using a credit card or Paypal also gives you added consumer protections. These provide you with more than if, say, go into a jewellery store and pay with cash. You should also insist on documentation that shows the providence of whatever you purchase. If purchasing a diamond, or other precious or semi-precious stones, make sure they have been ethically sourced. Why taint your love by buying a blood conflict diamond? Buying a diamond with Kimberly process accreditation is important and brings you peace of mind. One often overlooked source of quality and affordable jewellery is online auctions such as Allbids. Allbids has a range of premium, antique and vintage jewellery. If you are savvy shopper, you can pick up some real bargains. Apart from the significant cost saving, an advantage is that you can find pieces that are unique and that will really stand out. The craftmanship that goes into some vintage pieces is amazing – they don’t make jewellery like they used to. And yes, the vintage look is coming back, what’s old is new again, with rose gold pieces leading the way. It goes also with the whole Boho bride look that is very popular at the moment. Last time I looked (okay, I admit it, I look at online jewellery more than I should) there was an old-fashioned gold shield pendant necklace, Mikimoto pearl earrings, several solitaire diamond rings and sapphire jewellery for auction at tempting bargain prices. Did I mention that I like bling?  A further advantage of buying from Allbids at auction is that you know what you are getting. Allbids has a professional valuer on staff, who examines pieces and determine their true worth before they are placed online. Allbids also offers a free appraisal service for people who are thinking of selling pieces. Which is handy for people like me who have jewellery from earlier relationships, or who have inherited pieces that don’t really suit (or fit). I have been stalking Allbids’ online jewellery selection for a while now, and I must say that I like what I see. I also like how easy it is to register to bid online, and the thrill of seeing if I have been successful or not. This is definitely an option for someone who is looking for an affordable alternative to the traditional.This is a sponsored blog post. All views are Ms Frugal Ears own. And yes, I really do like bling, I like many of the pieces I have seen on Allbids, and I really do like getting a bargain by buying at auction.

Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale

Published: 10/10/2017

When you’re spring cleaning your cupboards and garage this year, please don’t go throwing things out! Your unwanted items are more valuable than you could imagine.Today, Hands Across Canberra is launching Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale, an initiative designed to help Canberrans give a little differently to the less fortunate this spring.All Canberrans are encouraged to donate pre-loved items by uploading them to ALLBIDS, Canberra’s leading online auction and disposal service, who will then auction them off on behalf of Hands Across Canberra. Proceeds go directly to the most vulnerable people in our community.Rob Evans, CEO of ALLBIDS, says “Sometimes it’s difficult for people to donate cash. This way, anyone who has something they could sell can donate it instead. Simply take a picture of your item, upload it to our site and write your description (or use the microphone feature to talk it in).“We’ll list the item(s) so people can bid, with money going directly to Hands Across Canberra. We put the winning bidder in touch with the seller to arrange pick up, and everyone can feel proud knowing that they’ve done something to really help someone in need.”Hands Across Canberra is a foundation that helps Canberrans donate funds to charities that make a significant positive impact in the Canberra community. Some of the 150 associated charities include Canberra City Care, C3CARES, Karinya House, Beryl Women Inc., Safe Shelter, and Menslink.“When you upload your item(s), you can select the charity you want to support, or you can simply choose Hands Across Canberra and be confident they know which charity needs it most right now,” says Rob.“And it’s not just limited to individuals. Any organisation can find unwanted assets and donate them too. Make room in the warehouse, move stock, and make a difference in someone’s life. We can accept anything from cars to computers and everything in between, so what you choose to donate is really only limited by your imagination.”Hands Across Canberra CEO, Peter Gordon, said they are delighted to launch the initiative; “Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale is an easy, fun and practical way to give locally. It allows people to help their community directly whilst de-cluttering their home – it a big win-win for everyone. Proceeds from Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale auction will directly support our local charities and their programs.“Donated items can be big or small ranging from cars, antiques, household appliances, tools, clothes, books, boats and everything in between.“It’s so easy, simply visit www.giving.handsacrosscanberra.org.au to donate today.” Mr Gordon explained.Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale launches today, October 10, on ALLBIDS. You can start uploading items now by following the process on Hands Across Canberra or Allbids’ websites, or by calling 6239 2262 for more information.This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/canberras-biggest-garage-sale/218954

Original 3-digit Canberra number plates fetching a fair price

Published: 19/09/2017

Collectors of three-digit Canberra number plates are in luck, with recent auctions fetching up to $20,000 per plate.No longer available from the Road Transport Authority (RTA), one to three digit plates have become incredibly sought after. According to Access Canberra’s “Check Registration” portal, every conceivable variation of single, double and triple digit Canberra number plates do exist, and are privately owned.The ACT registered plate for a single “1” is currently owned by a private vehicle, and was reportedly purchased many years ago for over $65,000.Four digit plates, while still available for purchase from the RTA for just over $1,880, are also in demand – especially in patterns with one or two numbers (i.e.: 0000, 2244, 7777, etc).Allbids, who currently have a number of three and four digit plates for auction, have seen an increase in buyers and sellers for unique plates over the last few months.“The lower the numerical number of the plate, the older in circulation it is, and the more valuable it is,” says Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids. “People are not really sure what their number plates are worth, so instead of guessing a price and selling it through Allclassifieds, they’re opting to sell via auction on Allbids.“The number plates that we have now are from a number of collectors and a deceased estate. Some have been on cars, others in storage. We’re giving bidders plenty of time (two weeks) to determine the best price, and every one of them is attracting significant interest.”Rob says that once the plate is sold, the buyer pays a small transfer fee to put it in their name, and then can keep the plate forever either as a collector’s item or as the official registration plate for their car.“We have a real community of car lovers here in Canberra, and extraordinary cars demand extra-ordinary number plates.“We’ve been contacted about selling many more number plates, which will go up in the coming weeks. Even quirky name plates and original-numbered raider plates can fetch a good price.”To check out the 3-digit and 4-digit number plates for auction on Allbids, visit Allbids.com.au.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/original-3-digit-canberra-number-plates-fetching-a-fair-price/216791

Are you in need of a Man Cave?

Published: 12/09/2017

The definition of a man cave is a place of privacy for a man, including his decorations and the things needed for his hobbies and interests. A Man Cave might be the garage, a spare room, a media room or a purpose-built space within the home.In the 70’s a ‘Man Cave’ was cracking a beer out of an esky down the back in your shed with a mate or two. There was, and still is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but have a look around, man caves have come a very long way.Today we have access to the internet and with it a plethora of inspiration. We thought we would draw attention to the idea of creating the perfect man cave, whilst utilising items that are recycled, re purposed and reused, ALLBIDS primary focus. We have visited Pinterest, You Tube and read numerous Top 20 tips. There is no right or wrong but there are a few things you should consider when planning your space.

  • A big screen TV, we all want the biggest screen possible, but remember to keep it in proportion to the space you have.
  • A comfy lounge, again keep it in proportion to the space you are in. If you will comfortably fit a two seater, don’t try to squeeze in a large modular. A lounge doesn’t have to be a big-ticket item. We regularly have lounges come in, both new and used. You could pick one up for as little as $40.
  • What kind of a man cave doesn’t have a bar? It isn’t necessary to have one in order to feel awesome in your man cave but it is a great feature. It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be there. If you are handy, make your own with pallets. There are great pallet furniture ideas here
  • We always have a range of sporting memorabilia online, most of which is auctioned for community and charity groups. Spoil yourself, grab a piece for your man cave and feel great about it by supporting others.
  • Art doesn’t have to come in a frame. Dust your caps of and hang them on the wall.
This list could go on, what is most important is to make a space that is comfortable for you. Surround yourself with art, sporting memorabilia, create the ultimate gaming space, to each their own. Set a budget and stick to it. Shop at ALLBIDS.com.au or sell your unused items via auction to fund the man cave. Recycle, repurpose, reuse, always remember ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

Online Traffic Growth

Published: 12/09/2017

According to a study by Roy Morgan, Australians spent $41.3 billion on online shopping last year. 4 people out of 10 buy products from ecommerce stores at least once a month. Currently, there are about 19.4 million mobile phone users in Australia, which accounts for a large proportion of the total population. In 2015, about 35% of ecommerce transactions were made on smartphones and 27% consumers buy products from mobile devices on a weekly basis.ALLBIDS had a record month in August 2017. Over the past 15 years as an onlineauction house we have certainly experienced growth and now have well over 100,000 verified users nationally. What we really find interesting is monitoring the change in device preference when it comes to online shopping, what people are really interested in and pinpointing traffic increases to our website. As an online business, it is not an analysis we undertake quarterly or monthly, it is key information that we review daily.In August, there was a strong increase in general traffic to our website. In part, this is due to the public supporting many charity and community events and fundraisers, where ALLBIDS was the primary fundraising platform. Some new registrations, viewed the charity auction, placed their bid and became aware during their of what a dynamic marketplace the ALLBIDS website is and the variety of items that are on offer. Sales on their account verify this is the case.Buyers and sellers who visit the ALLBIDS website see what a great place it is to not only pick up a bargain but also sell any unwanted and surplus assets. Our arts antiques and collectibles section is receiving unprecedented interest from all over the eastern States of Australia and we put this down to the unique offering that ALLBIDS website has and the expertise that we have in house with our antiques and collectibles valuer and curators.We are constantly developing and using new website technology to test the user experience of visitors to our website. It has been interesting to heat map our site and try to keep up with what the visitors to our website are looking for.It’s certainly a fun business to be part of as we never know what will come in the door next. Our ALLBIDS car auctions section continues to be a strong performer for us and we consistently sell about 100 cars every month for our vendors. Anyone looking for a first car or a second car for the family, vehicles at ALLBIDS generally sell under the $10,000 mark. This is our niche in the car auction market.In 2017 we have sold over 32,500 lots for our vendors. Each month we average 51,000 visits to our site where people spend an average of 6 minutes viewing, well above the industry average. We are proud to give back, this year alone our platform has helped Charity and Community groups raise more than $300,000. So, if you are in the mood to shop or you have items you want to part with, keep ALLBIDS.com.au front of mind.

Gym equipment on auction from $1

Published: 20/08/2017

Club Lime Kaleen is closing down, and they have enlisted the team at allbids.com.au to auction off their gym equipment. There is no reserve. Everything starts at $1.Up for grabs are treadmills, rowing machines, free weights, cross trainers and more. It’s an opportunity to grab commercial fitness equipment at ridiculous prices, and coming from a well respected gym you can be confident that it’s been well-maintained and meticulously cleaned.

The auction began yesterday, and the hammer goes down 7pm next Wednesday.Canberra’s leading online auction site allbids.com.au, who have over 95,000 registered Canberra bidders, are handling the entire process. So if you’re keen to start bidding, you can do it without even leaving the house.To bid, simply:

  • Go to allbids.com.au and register. Registration is free.
  • Find the banner on the home page for the gym equipment sale.
  • If you want to inspect the equipment, there are details on inspection times. Inspections are at Club Lime Kaleen.
  • Start bidding. If you are out-bid, you will receive an email notification so you can go back and bid again.
  • If you are the highest bidder when the hammer goes down on Wednesday night, simply pay online and pick up from Club Lime Kaleen by Saturday afternoon.
  • From $1, this is an extraordinary opportunity to get a quality piece of gym equipment in your home before summer.Visit allbids.com.au for more information.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/gym-equipment-on-auction-from-1/182839

    Federal government surplus assets: where do they all go?

    Published: 20/08/2017

    Essentially a big business in its own right, the Federal Government acquires thousands of assets every year to support the operations of its various departments. From office furniture and IT equipment to forklifts and cars; there’s a constant stream of moving parts required to enable the APS to do their work.But where do all these assets go when they’re not needed, or ready to be replaced?Government surplus auctions facilitated by third party providers have grown increasingly popular over the past decade, driven by the government’s own need to ensure complete transparency and equal opportunity for buyers to purchase. With most items in great working condition, and some with a little sentimental value for those who have worked in the department, online auctioning creates a fair and private process for those wanting to buy.Local auction website Allbids has been running government surplus auctions for over 15 years, selling everything from high court chairs to general office furniture, laptops, tablets, and more.“We’re very proud to be a Canberra business who has worked with every Federal Government department to help them sell unwanted assets,” says Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids. “From Prime Minister and Cabinet to the National Museum, War Memorial, High Court of Australia – because we’re on the ground here they appreciate being able to use a local digital platform.”Rob says that Canberrans are truly lucky to be so close to the action when it comes to buying surplus assets from government departments.“It’s a great opportunity to find quality items with minimal wear and tear. Some also have sentimental value, such as the high court leather chairs which sold for between $200 and $600 each.”Of choosing online auctioning as a platform, Rob says that it allows the government to check off their three key requirements: inexpensive, efficient and transparent.“Government departments need to work efficiently in removing unwanted assets and replacing them with minimal disruption to staff. They can’t sell the assets themselves as it’s not very transparent and they don’t have the platform to reach buyers. So that’s what we bring to the table. We’re essentially a one-stop-shop: we collect the goods, upload and market them to our database of 150,000 bidders, and give everyone equal opportunity to acquire them. Every department is different, so we tailor the service and reporting to suit their needs, but the outcome is the same.”In his address to the APS last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull noted that the way forward for departments was with key focus on using technology as a platform to work more efficiently.In a direct quote from his speech, Mr Turnbull said, “Of course, innovation and technology go hand-in-hand. An unwillingness to embrace technology is, to put it bluntly, simply not acceptable.“We are already of course seeing instances of government transforming the way we do business. It’s a ‘learn fast, keep moving’ approach, modelled on good private sector practice.”Having won an innovation excellence award as an ACT Smart Business, Rob says Allbids is looking to streamline government surplus auctions by listing goods immediately after they’ve been tagged as surplus, and encouraging pickup directly from the government department to save time and money on logistics.“At the end of the day, it’s about getting more money into the public coffers, so they can recoup costs and use the money to benefit the public. And given the care in which the APS treat the assets, it’s a great opportunity for Canberrans to get a bargain.”To check out Allbids’ latest government assets up, visit Allbids.com.au. They currently have a wide range of Computers and IT and Office and Business equipment up for auction.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/federal-government-surplus-assets-where-do-they-all-go/213336

    A pair of antique Chinese chairs

    Decluttering and profiting – selling at auction

    Published: 18/08/2017

    A pair of old Chinese wooden carved chairs. That was pretty much the last remnant of joint furniture purchased with my ex-husband during our marriage that I didn’t want. “You sell it,” he said when I offered him the chairs that he had once lovingly selected. Fine. But how on earth was I going to do this?The chairs were good quality, attractive and made with good craftsmanship. Many years ago they stood by the front door to our home, one of the first things guests saw when we welcomed them into our home. When we returned from posting to Taiwan, I didn’t know what to do with them. I no longer wanted them there because, being old, they were a bit rickety and unsafe for children to sit on (or climb on). For a while I hid then in corners and there they got covered with kid’s toys and clutter.When I moved into my new apartment in January the chairs then sat untidily in my spare parking space, making it look like I was decamping to the basement.I thought of selling on gumtree or Ebay – but I had no idea how much they were worth, or even what they were or how to describe them. Were they truly antique? Or a knock-off? I could recognise they were Chinese, but from what province and what style? And would people even want to buy them? What if they were made by a really famous carver, or they had come from the Forbidden City and I sold up my kids inheritance for a pittance?In the end I decided to sell at auction with Allbids, Canberra’s top auction site.I had planned to blog at length about the steps in this process, about following the items online on a daily process, but all I can say is that it was so quick and incredibly easy.So easy. I wish I had known about this service earlier because I would have sold more junk (aka treasures) this way, especially when I was selling the house and moving.All I did was make a short drive to Fyshwick to drop off my chairs at the Allbids warehouse in Fyshwick. (They can also collect, which is useful if you have a whole home full of stuff.) Andrew Whitehead, a Certified Fine Art and Antiques Valuer and one of the foremost experts in valuing Asian art in Australia, looked at the chairs and assessed they were nice provincial pieces worth between $100 to $200 each. It turned out that Allbids had another pair of a similar design in their warehouse already, so knew what the chairs were truly worth. Perhaps I was indeed hoping they were worth a fortune, but it was a huge relief to have a definitive answer about what range I should look at.Allbids took professional photos, which it put on their website. I didn’t have to do anything – I didn’t have to write an advertisement, take photos, answer inquiries from people about what the chairs actually were (which I couldn’t answer because I didn’t know), or guess a price. All I had to was wait.The starting bid on the first day was $20. $20! “Don’t worry,” said Rod Evans, Allbids owner. “This is normal. There is always a low starting bid but it will trend upwards right at the end.”$70. Then a bit more. Finally the pair sold for $231 to one of Allbids regular clients. The commission cost $42.74. Allbids handled delivery to the new purchasers, paperwork and communication. All I had to do was to wait for the money to come into my bank account, which happened quickly and easily. Before I knew it I had $172.99 in my account, which I could use to pay off my mortgage (or to go skiing again). That was $172.99 more than I had had when these lovely chairs were just clutter in my life.This whole experience has opened up my eyes to more possibilities at home. What other things do I have at home that I like, but don’t need? What else could become a treasure for someone else, and help increase the gold in my bank account?This is a sponsored post, written after I approached Allbids because I really wanted to sell my chairs, then realised I liked their business and wanted to work with them. I believe selling stuff you don’t need in your life at auction a great way for frugaleers to declutter and reach their financial goals. Stay tuned for more posts about Allbids.Have you sold on gumtree? Or Ebay? Or auction? What was the experience like?This article was first published on msfrugalears.com Website byMs Frugal Ears https://www.msfrugalears.com/2017/08/18/decluttering-and-profiting-selling-at-auction/

    Garage sales in Canberra: Pain or profit?

    Published: 21/07/2017

     Canberrans love a good garage sale, and every weekend our back streets are adorned with signs directing us to go this way or that in the hope of snagging a great bargain, or finding something we know has been seriously undervalued.But from the owner’s point of view, is all the trouble really worth it? Getting everything together, setting it all up in the early hours of the morning, pricing, manning the stands all day, haggling with bargain hunters…and all the while wondering if you’ve accidentally missed something that’s surprisingly worth a fortune.DIY second-hand selling has become very popular, facilitated by online marketplaces that have made it easier than ever to advertise. But Rob Evans, CEO of Allbids, says that recent sales on the site suggest people are keen to explore “Garage Sales 2.0” where technology is leveraged to conduct the garage sale via an online auction, omitting the need for haggling and allowing the goods to be sold anytime.“It’s become very popular,” says Rob. “Because we not only get the 100 or so bargain hunters who follow the Canberra garage sale trail every week, but the prices are driven up by our 150,000 general registered bidders from Allbids and Allclassifieds, some of whom are interstate and happy to travel if they find something they like.”Rob says that the main attraction though is getting a prior appraisal so people understand what their items are really worth. He recounts a recent experience where a client was about to have a garage sale, but decided to get an appraisal first.“The valuer went out to see them, to give a rough idea of what everything was worth. The owners were reasonably accurate with most things, until he got to a big mahogany chest. The chest itself was only worth a few hundred dollars, but inside he found a little antique. The owners were going to throw it out or give it away for free, but it was actually worth over $2,500!“At a traditional garage sale, anyone who knew that would never tell you. And if you price it at what it’s worth, you’ll often find that no one wants to buy it. It takes a collection of buyers, who all understand the worth, bidding against each other to net you the best profit. And you never really know what you’ve got until you get a professional to look at it for you.”Allbids also recently had a client from Florey drop in a few cardboard boxes, packed with old knick knacks from around his house. He thought it was all junk and was about to throw it out, but wanted a professional to take a look.“It was all pretty rudimentary,” says Rob. “Until we got to an old Omega Seamaster watch. It wasn’t in great condition, but still fetched $1,500 at auction.”For more information about conducting your garage sale via online auction, or getting a free in-home appraisal on your second-hand goods, visit Allbids or call 6239 2262.What’s your experience with garage sales? Have they been painful or profitable?This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/garage-sales-in-canberra-pain-or-profit/210011

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    ALLBIDS Charity Involvement

    9/12/2013

    ALLBIDS continues to support local charities to raise much needed fundsThrough our auction site, ALLBIDS continues to offer support for charities and community groups across the country. Over the last 10 years, we have helped raise over $3 million for various charity and community groups around the Canberra region and beyond.We encourage local businesses to join with our efforts in supporting local charities. Most of our auctions are free of fees and commissions.ALLBIDS have links with a number of local charities including the Heart Foundation ACT, Snowy Hydro South Care, Communities at Work, Canberra Hospital Foundation, Lifeline ACT, Menslink and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, to name just a few.One of our current major charity auctions is for Snowy Hydro South Care in conjunction with their Gala Christmas Dinner on 7th December. There are many items up for auction including an exclusive tour of Perisher with Olympic gold medallist, Torah Bright. Other items include accommodation and meals packages at Hotel Realm, Lake Crackenback Resort, and Elm Cottage, an Xbox 360 and games package, a wine package at Dionysus Winery, and brunch at Hyatt Hotel Canberra.Click here to view all of our charity auctions!To register your interest for involvement or donation of items for upcoming charity auctions, contact Rob Evans at Rob@allbids.com.au

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    ALLBIDS Extend Plus500 Brumbies Partnership

    13/04/2018

     The Plus500 Brumbies are pleased to continue their strong association with ALLBIDS as part of the Brumbies Family with the online auction site continuing their partnership with the Australian Conference Champions. ALLBIDS have been a long-term supporter of the club and have extended their partnership for a further two seasons taking in the 2018 and 2019 Super Rugby campaigns as the Plus500 Brumbies preferred supplier of auction facilities for our premier business luncheon, The State of the Union. ALLBIDS is Australia's trusted home of unique online auctions with the company receiving over 100,000+ items every year from the Australian Federal Police, Government departments, estate executors, car dealers, insolvency firms, private households, collectors and leading retailers. They have the greatest range of unique auction items listed daily across key categories such as cars, antiques, art, electronics, computers, homewares, wine, tools, sporting goods, jewellery, collectables and many more. “We are very happy that ALLBIDS have decided to continue our long-term partnership at the Plus500 Brumbies,” CEO Michael Thomson said of the agreement. “AllBids are a well-respected locally based online auction house and their support of the Brumbies, particularly around our annual State of the Union Lunch, is very much appreciated. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship with them.” ALLBIDS CEO Rob Evans reiterated the company’s desire to support a community-focused local sporting club through this partnership. “ALLBIDS have been a long-term sponsor of the Brumbies with over ten seasons of support,” Mr. Evans commented. “We are proud to once again be committing to the Brumbies in 2018 and beyond. “The ALLBIDS brand has grown nationally over the past few years and, with strong growth projected for the next few years, we want to continue our association with another of Canberra’s great success stories. “We are proud to be a supporter of Canberra’s sporting institutions and look forward to the joint benefits this arrangement will bring.” Tickets for a table of ten for the State of the Union Lunch, to be held on Friday 27 April, can be purchased at the cost of $275 plus GST per person or individual tickets can be purchased for $295 plus GST. If you would like further information, or would like to purchase tickets for the event, please contact Michael Coulton on m.coulton@brumbies.com.au or call him on 0407 027 405

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    ALLBIDS Featured On Today Tonight

    8/04/2013

    You can get goods at 40 to 80 per cent off the retail price. The only catch is they come with a bit of history.Rob Evans is the founder of www.ALLBIDS.com.au an online auction house that amongst other things, sells goods on behalf of the Australian Federal Police. That’s items seized in raids, impounded or found to be the proceeds of crime.“People just come in and get a bargain,” Evans said.“This is Aladdin’s cave, even Ali Baba would be impressed! We’ve got everything, camera lenses, cameras, blackberry phones.”“The police have got to send these items to public auction so we’re just a vehicle for that.”“You see the odd crow bar come through as well and it’s obviously been used in crime, it’s probably a cheap way for people to pick up cheap tools isn’t it!”You can score yourself a mobile phone for $13 or a camera for $20. Some items are near new, others are still in the box.“Apart from the billiard table we’ve sold almost everything from army tanks down to jewellery and everything in between. You just never know what you’re gonna get,” Evans said.“When you’ve got high end items worth $50,000 to 60,000 some people walk away with $20,000 to 30,000,” Evans said.The same goes at Ross’ auction house in Perth. There are so many seized items to clear out they hold a police auction every six weeks.“We get everything from brand new motorcycles, high-end sports cars, Hi-Fi equipment, Playstations, anything you can think of that can be stolen recovered, forfeited and seized,” Matt from Ross’ said.A Honda motorbike will go under the hammer with just three kilometres on the clock – apparently the owner was arrested as he drove out of the dealership.And it’s not only stolen property that people are wanting to get their hands on. Another market is lost property. Ever wondered where your jacket or watch ends up if you lose it on a train or bus, and forgot to claim it? Just ask Michelle House from www.secretbudget.net.“Sometimes companies do lost property auctions, like Australia Post, some of the airlines some of the train lines,” House said. “A really good buy from a lost property auction would be picking up a phone for $10 that might be in the shop for $750.”She says while you can save, beware, you’re also taking a risk. Many goods don’t come with a warranty and delivery cost is another consideration.“You need to add up all of those and make sure you’re still getting that bargain.”Around the country, some transport companies hold their own lost property auctions advertised in the local paper. But not every company is alike.Forget to claim your lost property on a Qantas flight, and it doesn’t go to charity. After a period of time staff get a chance to bid for it. Lost property in taxis, if unclaimed after 24 hours, can be scooped up by the driver if the owner isn’t tracked down. Then there are auctions for repossessed items.“A repossessed item is where somebody has had a judgement enforced and the item has been repossessed and can go up for sale to the public,” House said.Bailiff Sheriff Australia is an online directory for these auctions held in every state. Camper vans, furniture and even whole apartments can go for a third of the price.“You can jump on and be a subscriber and find out when auctions are. You could also do that through the other websites like the public trustee in your state and jump on there be a subscriber,” House said.

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    ALLBIDS partner with Menslink for charity auction

    16/09/2014

    ALLBIDS have teamed up with local men’s charity, Menslink, to auction off a number of items to raise funds to ensure continued support for young men and their families. Did you know?
    • About 1 in 4 young men suffer depression or anxiety (same as young women), but only 1 in 10 of them will do anything about it
    • More young men die by suicide than on the roads. Lots more. In fact, the male rate of suicide is nearly double the national road toll (and three times that of women)
    • 14% of young men under 18 will have a brush with the law, with the current ratio of young inmates at AMC Detention Centre (under 25yo) is 60:1 male:female
    • Young men drop out of high school at double the rate of young women before completing Y12. Of the group that starts University, young men are twice as likely to drop out before completing a degree
    • 32% of all families now are raised by single mums. We provide a lot of help to single mums as their sons transition through difficult times into adulthood
    Menslink is a small charity with seven permanent staff and very low overheads. All of the money raised in the auction will be used directly to provide support to young men in Canberra, through volunteer mentoring services, free counselling and their Silence is Deadly campaign in schools.Menslink has been supporting young men in the Canberra region for over ten years. . During this time  Menslink have helped thousands of young guys get through tough or lonely times and develop into responsible, productive and contributing adult men. This local charity aims to help young men achieve their full potential, because they believe everything is possible for them, their families and our community. All of Menslink’s services are free to young blokes and their families.“All the items in our auction list are donated by generous individuals and businesses, ensuring every dollar raised goes directly into supporting the next generation of Canberran men – men who we want to develop into productive, contributing members of our community. We’re particularly excited to have some famous name Raiders, Brumbies and Wallabies players make themselves available or once-in-a-lifetime experiences. These experiences would be a great way to make your next corporate function, social club event or even kid’s birthday party really stand out.Please bid generously and help us support young guys and their families in need.” – Martin Fisk, Menslink CEO

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    ALLBIDS sell for Canberra’s Big Name Businesses

    10/04/2014

    ALLBIDS deals with a number of high profile local businesses to help sell their unwanted assets. We recently caught up with Michael Marsalek of Territory Venues and Events to get his feedback on his long term dealings with ALLBIDS. Michael’s portfolio or responsibility includes GIO Stadium – formerly Canberra Stadium - Manuka Oval and Stromlo Forest Park.Michael said, “Rob and his team at Allbids provide an end to end service for territory venues and events. They provide stock take and valuation services as well as the sale of assets that are surplus to our needs.”He went on to say that, “ALLBIDS are a very thorough organisation. We’ve used them for approximately 10 years to do sale and valuations for us.Allbids provide a very transparent service. Every asset that’s sold is seen by the public on their website and it’s a very good service. We know we’re getting value for money. As a Canberra based company, they’re fantastic.”If you’d like to find out more about selling through Allbids, visit out vendor page http://bit.ly/1i6v6zh or click on the green button for a free appraisal!

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    ALLBIDS Staff Profile – Rob Evans

    9/12/2013

    A moment with Rob Evans, CEO and founder of ALLBIDSRob Evans, CEO and founder of ALLBIDS.com.au established the online auction site in 2004 – an innovative development that transformed his traditional auction business into the e commerce business it is today. Prior to ALLBIDS, Rob studied a Degree in Accounting that took him to London in the early 1990s. He returned to Canberra during the 2000s to setup his own valuation and auction company before progressing into the online space. In 2002, Rob combined his work and love for the NRL when he decided to sponsor local NRL team, the Canberra Raiders. Rob is unbelievably passionate about the Raiders, so much so that his phone is turned off during the game and there is only Raiders related talk allowed! He can however view the ALLBIDS sponsorship sign from his seat.Rob’s is a keen golfer, long term member of the Royal Canberra Golf Club and member of the Club’s Board. He is passionate about the Club and his own game.In recent years, Rob has taken up running and has competed in marathons including New York, Berlin and Melbourne marathons. Rob believes running is great for the soul, “A morning running clears the mind – it is a no phone zone and prepares me for the day ahead”.Although Rob enjoys activities that don’t require connection to the outside world, while at work he is digitally connected – attending to business, sourcing new items for auction or checking auction listings and sales online. Being part of the digital space is critical to his role and is fundamental to the operation of his online auction business.

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    ALLBIDS to bring the hammer down on the Mate 9 Porsche

    8/02/2017

    Huawei to auction a limited edition Mate 9 Porsche for Tour de Cure Charity.To celebrate the release of the Huawei Mate 9 this week, Huawei are auctioning one of a very limited number of Mate 9 Porsche Smartphones on ALLBIDS.com.au. The auction will run from Wednesday 8 February until midday Friday 10 February 2017. The winner will be announced at World Square on Friday February 10th at 1230pm. The proceeds from the auction will go to the charity Tour de Cure.Tour de Cure is a tier 1 cancer charity that has raised more than $25m since 2007. They have funded over 250 cancer research, support and prevention projects that, in turn, have seen 18 scientifically recognized cancer breakthroughs. Huawei have been a long term partner of Tour de Cure since 2011 and all the proceeds from the Porsche Design Mate 9 Charity Auction will be donated to Tour de Cure.The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a limited edition Smartphone that combines Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise, giving high-demanding individuals unprecedented luxury and performance in the palm of their hand.“This phone is the hottest mobile phone in Australia – it will be one of a kind and anyone who already has a Porsche or wants to own one would love have it – besides bidding on the ALLBIDS site is really great fun and you’ll be supporting a great cause” Jordan Rapana, Canberra Raiders.“The Mate 9 Porsche is not available for sale in Australia. We are proud to be auctioning one of only three devices that Huawei currently have in the country.” Rob Evans, CEO ALLBIDS “With over 100,000 registered users nationally we are excited to support the auction and see which state the phone will end up in. To bid on the Mate 9 Porsche Smartphone, simply visithttps://www.allbids.com.au/auctions/817761/porsche-design-huawei-mate-9-limited-edition-smartphone-to-support-tour-de-cure

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    ALLBIDS Vendor Testimonial

    9/12/2013

    Macquarie Group Technology services company Verser utilises ALLBIDS asset re-marketing channels.As asset disposal specialists, ALLBIDS have a proven record of asset re-marketing for a variety of organizations including Government departments, corporate and small to medium businesses. Our account managers provide a flexible, hassle-free solution to all of our vendors to ensure the best possible return is achieved.If you want to find out more about our vendors, click here!ALLBIDS recently received some great feedback from valued vendor, Verser Technology Lifecycles.“Over the past 3 years ALLBIDS have sold more than 10,000 assets on behalf of Verser. ALLBIDS have become an invaluable sales channel and partner for us. Their ability to sell assets directly to end users enables us to achieve the highest possible price for every asset.The service they provide is transparent and seamless – we are able to send assets to ALLBIDS who handle the sales process from beginning to end and they have no problem dealing with assets that are difficult to freight from one location to the next, right around the country.Once the transaction is completed, ALLBIDS provide an accurate sales report for each asset sold. Dealing with an established sales channel like ALLBIDS gives us piece of mind.”Michael Matthews, CEO – 8 November 2011View more testimonials here!

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    And our best business recyclers are…

    14/06/2012

    Simon Corbell has let it be known that he has awarded the best recyclers in Canberra’s business community:Biggest reduction of Waste to Landfill – Canberra AudiologyBiggest Recycler – Tuggeranong HyperdomeInnovation Excellence – Elvin GroupMotivation Excellence – Community Services Directorate, Therapy ACT – Swanson PlazaCorporate Award – Tuggeranong Hyperdome (Highly Commended: Shepherd Electrical)Small Business/Office award – Easycare Landscapes (Highly Commended: Allbids Pty Ltd)Ministers award for Leadership – Phil Wells, Calvary John James Hospital (Highly Commended: Laura Skillen, Meyer Vandenberg)This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Johnboy https://the-riotact.com/and-our-best-business-recyclers-are/75260

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    Architect's Passion

    7/03/2017

    AllBids are currently auctioning the entire house contents of the Late Alastair Swayn AO, the Inaugural ACT Government Architect.  Offered in-situ at his residence.The selection of works of art, designer furniture and lighting, and decorative and functional objects, reflects his life’s passion for art and design.  His vocational skills applied to his own domestic interior.Almost every object is of some pedigree in the design sense, carefully picked to suit the interior space.  The items form part of a coherent design theme, rather than just a collection per se.The residence is located at Urambi Village in Kambah.  This cluster of unique dwellings is also a design classic, listed on the Register of Nationally Significant 20th Century Architecture.  The townhouse is currently for sale through Amanda Mutton, Blue Property.The proceeds of the sale, as directed by his will, are being donated to the Alastair Swayn Foundation, a foundation he set up to support architecture students.

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    Are you in need of a Man Cave?

    12/09/2017

    The definition of a man cave is a place of privacy for a man, including his decorations and the things needed for his hobbies and interests. A Man Cave might be the garage, a spare room, a media room or a purpose-built space within the home.In the 70’s a ‘Man Cave’ was cracking a beer out of an esky down the back in your shed with a mate or two. There was, and still is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but have a look around, man caves have come a very long way.Today we have access to the internet and with it a plethora of inspiration. We thought we would draw attention to the idea of creating the perfect man cave, whilst utilising items that are recycled, re purposed and reused, ALLBIDS primary focus. We have visited Pinterest, You Tube and read numerous Top 20 tips. There is no right or wrong but there are a few things you should consider when planning your space.
    • A big screen TV, we all want the biggest screen possible, but remember to keep it in proportion to the space you have.
    • A comfy lounge, again keep it in proportion to the space you are in. If you will comfortably fit a two seater, don’t try to squeeze in a large modular. A lounge doesn’t have to be a big-ticket item. We regularly have lounges come in, both new and used. You could pick one up for as little as $40.
    • What kind of a man cave doesn’t have a bar? It isn’t necessary to have one in order to feel awesome in your man cave but it is a great feature. It doesn’t have to be big, it just has to be there. If you are handy, make your own with pallets. There are great pallet furniture ideas here
    • We always have a range of sporting memorabilia online, most of which is auctioned for community and charity groups. Spoil yourself, grab a piece for your man cave and feel great about it by supporting others.
    • Art doesn’t have to come in a frame. Dust your caps of and hang them on the wall.
    This list could go on, what is most important is to make a space that is comfortable for you. Surround yourself with art, sporting memorabilia, create the ultimate gaming space, to each their own. Set a budget and stick to it. Shop at ALLBIDS.com.au or sell your unused items via auction to fund the man cave. Recycle, repurpose, reuse, always remember ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

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    Are you in the catering caper?

    11/08/2014

    We've talked before about how the team at Allbids loves toreuse and recycle. We believe first and foremost that reuse is actually the best form of recycling. So we're always finding people to work with that want to send their items off to be used again and again. And of course, score some coin for their unwanted items.Catering and hospitality is one area that's really growing in this space. We honestly have enough catering and hospitality equipment available to run a new auction for these items every week. The auction closes on Monday each week, and it's an awesome way to pick yourself up some catering equipment without paying through the nose.Perhaps you're keen to start a cooking business at home, want to set up your own commercial kitchen, looking to fit-out a restaurant or cafe, or are just after quality catering and hospitality goods at a great price. You should check out what we've got, and how little you can pick items up for, and you might be pleasantly surprised. Take this week for example, you can bid for smaller items like pot racks, coffee grinder, wine bucket holders and food prep dishes, to much larger items and appliances including electric fryers, plate warmers, benches with splash backs, range stoves and display fridges.And coffee machines too. It's rare to find someone who doesn't appreciate a good coffee and at the moment we have six San Marino commercial coffee machines from Parliament House up for auction - until 28 July. Imagine the people that could have drank the coffee made from those machines!Most of our catering items are second hand, but each week's auction may also include items that are brand new. Score!

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    Auctions powerhouse allbids acquires classies veteran allclassifieds

    28/09/2016

    Digital pioneers Peter and Andrea Blackshaw have sold allclassifieds.com.au, the former sister site of the real estate giant allhomes, to Canberra online sales platform allbids.It follows the $50 million sale of their ground-breaking real estate platform to Fairfax in 2014.The allclassifieds owners accepted the proposal from the team behind the allbids.com.au auction platform to acquire their online marketplace earlier today. The purchase price was not disclosed.Founded in 2001, allclassifieds had grown to become Canberra’s most popular classifieds website.The Blackshaws held onto the platform after exiting allhomes, investing time and money to improve its reach and functionality. A new-look interface was revealed earlier this year.Allbids, which was founded in 2001 by Rob Evans, has grown exponentially since its start-up days. The site sells unwanted assets and surplus and liquidated stock for government agencies, organisations, SMEs and individuals. The acquisition of allclassifieds will position it as one of the largest and most powerful online sales platforms in the country.Rob Evans, CEO and founder of allbids said he was delighted to be expanding into the online classifieds market.“The alignment of allbids and allclassifieds allows us to apply our strengths in auctioneering and online sales to a new and diverse consumer marketplace,” he said.“A close relationship between the two sites will really benefit our buyers and sellers, with a greater variety of items, increased traffic and the opportunity to reach more customers. It will offer users the ultimate solution to selling their surplus and secondhand items: from cars and computers to industrial equipment, antiques, household appliances, art and a whole lot more.”The Blackshaws said they were very pleased to be selling allclassifieds to another respected and successful Canberra-based company.“Rob has great plans for the business and we feel allclassifieds will flourish working side by side with allbids,” Mr Blackshaw said.The RiotACT reported last week that Mr Blackshaw and former allhomes CEO and former allclassifieds Director Tim White have invested in the Asia-Pacific-focused Digital Classifieds Group.This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/auctions-powerhouse-allbids-acquires-classies-veteran-allclassifieds/185607

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    Beer Hops Charity Auction for beyondblue

    4/10/2014

    ALLBIDS aligned with Hop Product Australia’s (HPA) first ever ‘The 2014 Premiere Crop of the Hops Charity Auction’ to raise money and awareness for beyondblue’s ‘Man Therapy’ initiative. The program provides men suffering from depression and anxiety with strategies designed to protect their well-being and guide them to professional treatment if/when they require support.The 2014 Premiere Crop of the Hops Charity Auction provided ALLBIDS with a whopping 100kg of beer hops for us to auction through our site. Technically, it also meant we needed to develop a custom login page and custom tracking pages for the vendors so that brewers from around the world could sign up.Bidders came from as far away as America and Ireland to put money into the cause, but the bragging rights for the most donated came down to a traditional slugfest between CUB & Lion Nathan. The auction was a huge success, raising around $10,000 for the cause.To find out more about donating items for charity click here:

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    Buyer's Premium

    1/01/2017

    ALLBIDS charges a Buyer’s Premium on the final price of all auctions. The Buyer’s Premium is a percentage of the winning bid price, which is paid to ALLBIDS as an auctioneer’s fee.The Buyer’s Premium differentiates the auction market from the retail market as buyers are allowed to set their own price. The Buyer’s Premium may vary and usually relates to the extra costs that may be incurred when handling certain items.So if the winning bid (Bid Price) is $50 and it has a 15% Buyers Premium, then the buyer will be invoiced $57.50

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    Buyer's Terms and Conditions

    1/01/2017

    The text below is our user site agreement. These are the terms and conditions required for access to bid, buy and sell on ALLBIDS. Please read completely before proceding with your account registration.Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully. Upon completion and submission of your registration details (and for all bidding conducted by you under those details), you are deemed to have accepted, and will be bound by these Terms and Conditions, as amended and varied from time to time.We reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions from time to time. We recommend you review these periodically to check for any changes. We may suspend or terminate your account if you are suspected or found to have engaged in fraudulent activity in connection with the site.

    Registration

    You must register your details with us to use this service (your “Account”). Registration is free and does not oblige you to purchase anything.You must not register with a username that is confusing, deceptive, inappropriate or offensive. ALLBIDS remains the sole judge of the suitability of usernames and reserves the right to alter your username, to request that your username be altered, to restrict you from bidding on the basis of your username or to take any other reasonable action in relation to your username.You must provide ALLBIDS with a correct name and accurate contact details when registering an account. Providing ALLBIDS with false or misleading information will not absolve you of any of your obligations as a bidder.

    Eligibility to Participate

    In order to use this service you must have the legal capacity to enter into contractual arrangements. This means that you are unable to use the ALLBIDS service if you are under 18 years of age or otherwise legally prohibited from entering into binding contracts.

    Deposits

    ALLBIDS may – at its discretion – require a deposit to be placed by a buyer in order to bid, or in order to bid beyond a certain amount. Unless otherwise stated, these deposits are fully refundable to the buyer, minus any fees that you are obliged to pay ALLBIDS: including storage and other fees outlined in these Terms & Conditions. Deposits and credits to your account for bidding purposes, promotional purposes, refunds and vendor payments will expire if unused after 18 months.

    Your Obligations As Bidder

    When you use the Service and bid on an item during an online auction conducted on our Site, you are making an offer to buy the item at your bid price. If your bid price is the Winner’s Bid Amount, you will be the Winning Bidder and are obliged to purchase the item you have bid for and pay the Winner’s Bid Amount, plus any additional charges that you may be obliged to pay. REMEMBER: When you make a bid you are entering into a legally binding contract. Do not bid on an item unless you are able and willing to pay for it.It is your responsibility to read the Product Information and Sale Overview about any item we post for auction on the Site.You must not rely solely on the title summary or any photographs of the item posted on the Site for a complete description of an item. The photograph and description of the item are intended to serve as a guide only and must not be used to form a final opinion of the item’s suitability. ALLBIDS makes all best efforts to accurately describe all items on the site but is not responsible for any discrepancies or omissions which may exist in the description. It is ultimately your responsibility as a bidder to form your own view on the accuracy of an item’s description prior to bidding.Please make sure you understand the delivery and payment terms, including any addendum to those terms and conditions as outlined in the item’s description or in the Sale Overview. Note that a Buyer’s Premium, and other charges such as a delivery fee, will apply to most online auctions.You must not engage in bid manipulation. Bid manipulation is any practice which unfairly induces other users to make bids or controls the bid price. This includes (but is not limited to) bidding in a way that pulls other bidders to their maximum bid, retracting the high bid, and then re-bidding at a small increment above the legitimate high bidder or employing Shill Bidding, which is, the use of secondary registrations, associates or aliases to artificially raise the bidding on an item). Buyers are also prohibited from communicating with each other for the common purpose of manipulating the final purchase price of an item.

    Your Obligation To Pay

    If you are the Winning Bidder on an online auction, you must pay the following fees within 72 hours after making the Winning Bid:
    • The Winning Bid Amount;
    • The Buyer's Premium;
    • Any Delivery Fees agreed to;
    • Any Storage Fees per lot per day should items not be collected within the 72 hour collection period.
    Title of Goods does not pass to the successful bidder until full payment is made.Notwithstanding that a Winning Bidder may have been notified of their placement of the Winner’s Bid Amount, we may at our sole discretion choose to withdraw and not proceed with completion of the sale of the item in circumstances including (but not limited to) where:
    • The credit card payment is not processed in the first run due to card entry errors (including an incorrect or expired card expiry date) made by the Winning Bidder;
    • There are insufficient funds/the credit limit is insufficient to cover the sum of the Invoice Amount or if the Invoice Amount exceeds $5,000;
    • If the Winning Bidder fails to make payment of the Invoice Amount into a bank account nominated by us within 72 hours of the Winning Bidder placing the Winner’s Bid Amount;
    • We are unable to contact the Winning Bidder for any reason.
    If you fail to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions, any monies which you paid to us upon deposit on account of any purchases of an item shall be forfeited absolutely and we shall be at liberty to take legal action for recovery of the balance of the Invoice Amount and any other amounts as may be owing to us pursuant to these Terms and Conditions.If you fail or refuse to pay the full amount in the required timeframe, ALLBIDS reserves the right to charge a Renege Fee. The Renege Fee is not refundable if payment for the lot is made after the Renege Fee has been applied. Storage Fees are applied separately and may be charged up until the point the Renege Fee has been applied.If you refuse or fail to settle your account balance with the necessary timeframe, ALLBIDS may refer your account to a debt collection agency. In the event of such a referral, you will be liable to pay any Debt Administration Fees in addition to the fees already owing on your account.If you are able to collect the goods from the ALLBIDS warehouse or the specified location then you must do so within 72 hours after making the Winning Bid. If you live in another State or Territory or are unable to collect the goods in person then you must arrange delivery through our website. Failure to do either of these things may result in storage fees being charged to your account.

    Table of Fees Payable:

    Title: Amount: Financial Basis: Application:
    Buyer’s Premium Fee The Buyer's Premium Fee is applied on top of the Winning Bid and varies depending upon the Winning Bid amount. This fee covers the cost of facilitating the online auction process. Applied when a Winning Bid is made.
    Delivery Fees Varies depending upon the size and quantity of the item/s. This fee covers the cost of delivering the item/s to the Winning Bidder. Applied when a customer is unable to collect the item/s from the ALLBIDS warehouse or the specified location and chooses to have the item/s delivered.
    Storage Fees Varies depending upon the size and number of the goods. Calculation methods are outlined below. These fees cover the cost of storing items in ALLBIDS’ warehouse. Space is limited and goods cannot be stored for an indefinite period until the customer wishes to collect them. Applied when a customer chooses to collect their item/s from the ALLBIDS warehouse or a specified location and fails to do so within 72 hours.
    Debt Administration Fees The standard rate is $45, however further charges may be added depending upon the length and difficulty of the debt recovery process. This fee covers the administrative costs incurred in referring an overdue account to a debt collection agency. Applied when the account is referred to a debt collection agency due to a failure or refusal to pay outstanding fees.
    Renege Fee The standard Renege Fee is the amount of the Buyer’s Premium Associated with the relevant purchase. ALLBIDS reserves the right to add an administrative fee of $25 to the Renege Fee depending upon the nature of the purchase. This fee covers the opportunity cost of the cancelled sale and the cost of re-listing the item/s for re-sale. Applied when ALLBIDS must cancel a sale and re-list an item due to a bidder refusing or failing to pay for an item within the necessary time-frame.

    The Online Auction Process

    You may bid:
    • by placing a normal bid;
    • through Proxy bid.
    If you bid at an online auction using Proxy bid, you are responsible for monitoring the online auction in which you are participating and acting in the auction by instructing Proxy bid with your bids.Proxy bid will always start at the bid increment above the starting bid or the current highest bid. If you want to match a current or starting bid you must submit a normal bid.If you do not leave a Proxy bid amount, the bid amount that will appear when you submit a normal bid will apply.An online auction will start at the specified time and bidding will start at the nominated minimum starting price.All bids placed at an online auction must be made on a per-item basis, and may only be increased by multiples of the posted bid increment.The auction closes at the end of the time period specified for that online auction where there are no new bids during the 5 minutes immediately preceding the end of the time period specified. If there are any successful bids on a particular lot/item within 5 minutes of the close of the online auction (the going, going, gone period), the auction will continue to be extended until there are no more within the Refresh Period. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Refresh Period may vary from time to time by a number of seconds. ALLBIDS accepts no responsibility for any circumstances or incidents arising as a result of any slight variations that may occur in the Refresh Period.The vendor of the items may place one bid on the items they put to auction on the day of closing. The vendor bid must be disclosed to ALLBIDS and will only be allowed if approved by ALLBIDS in the event that the level of the auction is substantially below an agreed liquidation value.

    Processing and Technological Errors

    In the event of errors in processing and/or Site downtime or any other errors or delays caused to the Site and/ or Service as a result of unforeseen technological difficulties associated with our servers, data hosting centre, internet service provider or any other reason, we hereby reserve the right to:
    • Decide (prior to or after the original time set for conclusion of the online auction) to extend an online auction for a period of time (determined at our discretion);
    • Decide (prior to or after the original time set for conclusion of the online auction) to re-open an online auction for a period of time - to be determined at our discretion;
    • Retract any Winning Bidder’s emails which may have been sent out to bidders prior to or following (as the case may be) the conclusion of an online auction;
    • Amend at any time prior to or during an online auction, the “start price” allocated to an item for sale online, but only so as to correct any errors due to processing or technological fault;
    • Void that entire online auction transaction and open the auction again at the original start prices.

    Products for sale on Online Auction

    In relation to the items sold in an online auction, we will endeavour to:
    • provide accurate descriptions to fairly reflect each item;
    • pass clear title to the items to you;
    • ensure that each item for auction on the Site is available at the time of the auction.
    Subject to any rights you may have under the Australian Consumer Law and similar laws we do not make any promises that:
    • The items are fit for a particular purpose;
    • They are able to be repaired, replaced or serviced over and above the rights which you have under vendor’s warranties;
    • That we will be able to replace or exchange any of the items which are found to be defective on delivery.

    Warranty and Indemnity

    Unless specifically stated on a particular item in its description, the items bid for and purchased on this Site are sold on an 'as-is' basis without a warranty.ALLBIDS is not liable for any damages resulting from an auction, or your visit to the Site. Also, we do not guarantee secure, continuous or uninterrupted access to this Site.Under no circumstances can we, our affiliates or related entities be liable for any loss whatsoever which arises from your usage of the Site. You agree to accept sole responsibility for your usage of the Site. You agree to indemnify and hold us and (as applicable) our parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees, harmless from and against any claims, demands, proceedings, losses and damages (actual, special and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, including reasonable solicitors' fees, made by any party due to or arising out of your breach of this Agreement or the terms and policies it incorporates by reference, or your violation of any law or the rights of a third party.Subject to any rights you may have under the Australian Consumer Law and similar laws we do not make any promises that:
    • The items are fit for a particular purpose;
    • They are able to be repaired, replaced or serviced over and above the rights which you have under vendor’s warranties;
    • That we will be able to replace or exchange any of the items which are found to be defective on delivery.

    Rights as Agent and/or Seller

    We may withdraw and / or re-offer an item from an online auction where the item:
    • Becomes unavailable due to damage;
    • Or the title to or provenance of the item is disputed;
    • Is withdrawn by the manufacturer, distributor or vendor;
    • Fails to draw a bid above the posted minimum;
    • Fails to draw any bid;
    • Has been erroneously listed twice;
    • Is incorrectly described.
    We also reserve the right to change the:
    • Quantities of products posted;
    • Maximum number of items which you may bid for;
    • Bid increment during the auction
    • Time and date the auction closes

    Liability and Indemnities

    We are not responsible for bids not received, processed or accepted due to technical difficulties, including those online bids placed by Proxy bid. In particular, we are not responsible for any loss, liability or damage incurred by you as a result of a bid not received, processed or accepted due to technical difficulties.We provide the Site and the Service without any warranty or condition with regard to the Site’s capacity express or implied except those warranties which are implied by law. In relation to the items which we auction at the Site, we provide those warranties implied by law.Neither we nor our suppliers ("the vendors") will be liable for any lost profits or any special, incidental or consequential damages (however arising, including negligence and recklessness) arising out of or in connection with the delivery of the Service.We do not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted or secure access to the Service, and operation of the Site may be interfered with by numerous factors outside of our control.

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    Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale

    10/10/2017

    When you’re spring cleaning your cupboards and garage this year, please don’t go throwing things out! Your unwanted items are more valuable than you could imagine.Today, Hands Across Canberra is launching Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale, an initiative designed to help Canberrans give a little differently to the less fortunate this spring.All Canberrans are encouraged to donate pre-loved items by uploading them to ALLBIDS, Canberra’s leading online auction and disposal service, who will then auction them off on behalf of Hands Across Canberra. Proceeds go directly to the most vulnerable people in our community.Rob Evans, CEO of ALLBIDS, says “Sometimes it’s difficult for people to donate cash. This way, anyone who has something they could sell can donate it instead. Simply take a picture of your item, upload it to our site and write your description (or use the microphone feature to talk it in).“We’ll list the item(s) so people can bid, with money going directly to Hands Across Canberra. We put the winning bidder in touch with the seller to arrange pick up, and everyone can feel proud knowing that they’ve done something to really help someone in need.”Hands Across Canberra is a foundation that helps Canberrans donate funds to charities that make a significant positive impact in the Canberra community. Some of the 150 associated charities include Canberra City Care, C3CARES, Karinya House, Beryl Women Inc., Safe Shelter, and Menslink.“When you upload your item(s), you can select the charity you want to support, or you can simply choose Hands Across Canberra and be confident they know which charity needs it most right now,” says Rob.“And it’s not just limited to individuals. Any organisation can find unwanted assets and donate them too. Make room in the warehouse, move stock, and make a difference in someone’s life. We can accept anything from cars to computers and everything in between, so what you choose to donate is really only limited by your imagination.”Hands Across Canberra CEO, Peter Gordon, said they are delighted to launch the initiative; “Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale is an easy, fun and practical way to give locally. It allows people to help their community directly whilst de-cluttering their home – it a big win-win for everyone. Proceeds from Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale auction will directly support our local charities and their programs.“Donated items can be big or small ranging from cars, antiques, household appliances, tools, clothes, books, boats and everything in between.“It’s so easy, simply visit www.giving.handsacrosscanberra.org.au to donate today.” Mr Gordon explained.Canberra’s Biggest Garage Sale launches today, October 10, on ALLBIDS. You can start uploading items now by following the process on Hands Across Canberra or Allbids’ websites, or by calling 6239 2262 for more information.This is a sponsored article, though all opinions are the author’s own. For more information on paid content, see our sponsored content policy.This article was first published by The Riot ACT Website by Rachel Ziv https://the-riotact.com/canberras-biggest-garage-sale/218954

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    Carwoola Bush Fire Appeal - A Call to Support the Devastated Community

    2/03/2017

    Bushfire turned into a raging inferno in Carwoola, east of Queanbeyan near Canberra on Friday 17th February 2017.  Just a few days after the devastating, out-of-control grassfire broke out in Carwoola and Captain’s Flat, east of Queanbeyan, the aftermath has come to light. Eleven homes have been lost, 12 more damaged in a fire and injuring countless wildlife which ripped through 3500 hectares of land at Carwoola.Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has launched an appeal to help those affected by the grass fire. Council administrator Tim Overall said “This is heartbreaking for our community and, while we will never be able to replace what has been taken from these families, the establishment of the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal fund will allow the community to come together and support those who have been affected,” Mr. Overall said..Following the recent NRL trial game, the Raiders and Knights donated signed jerseys to Council which they are now auctioning via AllBids.com.au. All proceeds go to the Carwoola Bushfire Appeal. The auction closes Wednesday 8 March 2017. AllBids.com.au is proud to be a part of this Community fundraiser Bid here now and support the appeal.

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    Cashed Up Christmas - flipping for extra cash

    9/12/2017

    If your home is anything like mine, you have way too much stuff yet not enough money for when bills are due. As I head into the Christmas silly season, my challenge in this blog post is to convert some of my unwanted and unloved junk into cash.This is a slightly confronting issue for me to deal with. I know some people are really comfortable with selling things that they don’t need, but somehow, mentally, I feel like it is wrong. I worry that things that I have would not be perceived to be of value, that maybe people would laugh at me for listing them or for charging too much. I much prefer to gift to my favourite op shops or to give away via the Buy Nothing Project.This is, I realise, a limiting belief. I buy second hand goods all the time. I love a bargain. I also like looking for things that are slightly obscure (at the moment prasiolite aka green amethyst and vintage jewellery). So why wouldn’t someone just happen to want the odd thing that I have listed for sale? And if I thought something was valuable enough to buy it, why wouldn’t someone else want to own it?Some readers might remember that a few months ago I earned a few hundred dollars from selling some old Chinese provincial chairs that I no longer needed by listing them for auction with Allbids. They were lovely chairs, but didn’t fit into my apartment and were just cluttering up my car park in the basement. Now I have more room for my bicycles, and even room for my man’s motorbike.As an aside, if you are looking to attract a romantic partner into your life, one of the best things you can do is to signal to the universe that you are ready is to declutter. Start by clearing space in your garage for another car (or motorbike if that is your thing) and room in your closet for someone else’s clothes. Yep, I’ve done this and it works. It really works.Kylie from the Thrifty Issue is a big fan of ‘flipping’. Her blog is featuring a challenge of creating $20,000 in extra cash. Selling things you no longer need is one of the big ways that and she and others in her community make extra cash.Last month, during the Cashed Up Christmas month, I started on a challenge to list as many things for sale as I can between now and Christmas. Even if I only earn small amounts, I know they will add up. I am putting these small amounts into my new Acorns account. I am finding that watching how my savings adds up is quite addictive .What I have discovered through this is that it is now much easier than ever to list items for sale. There really are no excuses not to declutter and earn cash from your unwanted trash. These are some of the places that I am listing items that I no longer need or want:
    • Allbids. This is a Canberra-based online auction platform that is expanding throughout Australia. It is especially good for antiques and items that are a little bit quirky and might be of value because they have specialists who can appraise you of value and help you market it. (That kitsch knick nack that your dad or granddad bought in Asia on posting in the 70s might be worth more than all your household contents put together.) They are also really good for bulky furniture because they can pick up for you, and they are great for handling large lots such as deceased estates and items from people who are downsizing. Best part is that they do all the work – they take photos, list the items, liaise with the sellers and then just give you money when it is all finished. (Beware: this website is addictive and you might end up wanting to buy more than you sell.)
    • Gumtree. Gumtree has a large reach throughout Australia, and I find it works well for things that you want to be able to see in person such as furniture, handbags and clothes and bicycles. Listing is free, but there are inducements to encourage you to bump up your add. The only real problem is working out how much to list things for. I find that people tend to put on slightly higher prices to factor in it being negotiated down. Some of the jewellery on here, for example, I believe is over priced relative to Allbids.
    • Facebook marketplace. Facebook has been aggressively promoting its marketplace option, perhaps ahead of Amazon entering the Australian market. I have bought items off here, but I am yet to successfully sell something. I am slightly appalled by the amount of used make-up and perfume that is being offered, and the strong consumer culture (some people seem to have endless amounts of clothes). But it is soooo easy to just flick through and look at things.
    • Facebook groups such as buy, sell, swap and giveaway. There are several groups in Canberra and I am sure there are many groups in other places. If you list on Facebook marketplace it also gives you the option to list items into groups that you belong to so you can list in more than one place fairly easily. An added advantage is that your friends are notified when you have something to offer. I find this works well for household items such as baby items that you no longer need. The items can’t really be searched or curated as neatly as other platforms (there isn’t really a database as such), and I find that items tend to pop up for a day or two then disappear.
    • Work classifieds. If your work has an online classifieds forum, or even a cork board in the kitchenette, then use it. An advantage of selling through work is that it is easy to bring it in to sell (assuming the item is not too large). A disadvantage is that you might want a functional separation between your home and office lives.
    • Ebay. I am finding that increasingly sellers are commercial in nature with their own shops, but there is no reason you can’t list individual second-hand items on this platform. This can work well for the obscure. But as (unlike platforms such as Allbids) you don’t have someone to advise on value you risk underselling or overselling items that are potentially rare or valuable.
    How have I gone? Well so far I have sold a wooden table that I no longer needed for $100, and an old kids bike for $20. There are three items that have no takers, and I am about to list some unneeded camping gear. (BTW, the featured image is of a item for sale – a Selangor pewter orchid necklace. The chain is, I think, silver and better quality than it looks. I don’t wear it. I don’t know why.) Maybe that doesn’t seem like a lot – but it is $120 in my Acorns account growing interest that I wouldn’t have otherwise.Your challenge is to identify an item that you no longer need and list it for sale. Don’t delay and wait until you have ‘time’- pre-Christmas is the best time to do this. Just find something you don’t use and try to sell it – you will probably find heaps of stuff while digging around for the Christmas tree in any case. And connect with me and others on the Frugal Dare to Millionaire Facebook Group to tell us how much cash you managed to flip!This article was first published on msfrugalears.com Website byMs Frugal Ears https://www.msfrugalears.com/2017/12/09/cashed-christmas-flipping-extra-cash/

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    Centenary charity online auction starts today

    1/08/2013

    From today until August the 15th the Centenary are running a collection of online auctions to raise money for their charity projects, Dollars for Dili and the Boundless all-abilities children’s playground.A total of thirty seven items are up for grabs, so have a peek and see if anything takes your fancy.The auction items include:· flight for two in The Skywhale over Canberra· joy flight in a Tiger Moth over Canberra· Champagne breakfast for 14 on roof of Parliament House· a day sailing on Sydney Harbour· double membership for the two Canberra International Film Festival plus 10 tickets· Canberra Glassworks hotshop experience· Royal Military College experience including a night for two in the Campbell Room at Duntroon House· private guided tour for two of the Australian War Memorial by Dr Brendan Nelson· family Pass to Canberra Symphony Orchestra’s 2014 Shell Prom concert· CSIRO experience for up to 12 people· ACTION bus charter for 4 hours for up to 110 guests· Porsche Supercup hotlaps at either Goulburn or Eastern Creek Sydney· two tickets to Tim Winton’s Shrine, including drinks and canapés at post-performance function· two nights at the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast including breakfast and one dinner· behind the scenes tour of the Australian National Botanic Gardens for 10 people· behind the scenes tour of Canberra Airport for 4 people· six 30 minute segway rides· two A-reserve tickets to Voices in the Forest including dinner· two Silver Season passes to Summernats 20014· framed Centenary flag signed by the Australian and New Zealand rugby league teams· framed Like Canberra t-shirt signed by West Indies’ cricket greats Sir Viv Richards, Michael Holding and Joel Garner· framed Kangaroos jersey signed by the Australian Rugby League team· two Centenary table centrepieces, signed by the Australian and New Zealand rugby league teams· AFL football signed by 2013 AFL Hall of Fame inductees· signed 2013 Brumbies jersey, size large· Visionary framed artist print by CSIRO Science Art Fellow and recipient of the Centenary Science Art Commission Eleanor Gates-Stuart· Coolamon Bowl made from a Local Eucalyptus tree by ACT Parks and Conservation Service Aboriginal rangers· Australian Diamonds netball signed 2012 International Series memorabilia, including a playing dress· landscape painting of the view from the National Arboretum by local artist Casey Douglas· framed Centenary of Canberra stamp· Cadel Evans framed and signed photograph· $2000 Canberra FM radio advertising voucher· Australian Antartic Polar Series montage· twin pack of Shaw Vinyard Estate wine· Samsung phone· handmade lacework by Petronella Wensing OA· handmade sterling silver earrings.In addition to the online auction, the ACT Government is also hosting a cross-government trivia night to raise funds for Dollars for Dili and Boundless.The public is encouraged to bid on auction items or donate directly to Dollars for Dili and Boundless. For more information visit http://www.scouts.com.au/dili_donate.asp and http://www.boundlesscanberra.org.au/To make a bid, head over to allbids.com.au.[Photo courtesy of LAB]This article was first published on The Riot ACT Website by Barcham https://the-riotact.com/centenary-charity-online-auction-starts-today/111135

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