Auction FAQ

Auction FAQ

2022 Pocosin Arts Annual Benefit Auction

How late may I make reservations?

Individual “tickets” are $65 each if purchased before 10/10/2022. The price will increase to $75 on 10/11/2022. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Can I get in without a reservation or at the last minute?

If the auction has not sold out, you can buy tickets up until the day of the auction

Will I receive a paper ticket in the mail?

There are no paper tickets. A confirmation letter for your reservation(s) will be mailed to you in October. You will receive a bidder number and other materials when you check in on auction day.

Where can I stay in the area?

There are rooms available in Pocosin Art’s Riverside Lodge at the rate of $150 per room per night. Rooms are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are also several Airbnbs in town and the Brickhouse Inn.

Can accommodations be made for specific dietary needs?

Food prepared for the auction will accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs, please check the auction menu for complete information.

What do I need to wear or bring?

Dress festively! Since this is an indoor/outdoor event in late October, you may wish to bring a light jacket.

Where do I park?

There is a large public parking lot just off Highway 64 at the Visitors Center, across Hwy 64 from The Inner Banks Mercantile. Free street parking is also available around Columbia close to the event.

Are all events accessible?

The event is held in downtown Columbia on the corner of Water and Main Streets, and all of Pocosin’s buildings are accessible. 

What is the address of the auction, and when does it begin? Auction festivities begin at 5:00 pm at 107 Water Street.  Registrants will receive their auction packet at the door.

Is there assigned seating at the Auction?

There is no reserved seating except for Auction Sponsors.

When will I receive the auction catalog?

You will receive a catalog upon arrival. However, an electronic version of the catalog will be available on our website www.pocosinarts.org for you to browse before the event.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Cash, Check, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. 

Is sales tax included?

No sales tax is charged for benefit auction purchases.

When do I pay for my purchases?

You pay for your purchases at the end of the auction.

How do I pay and collect my purchases?

Winning bidders will pay for and receive a receipt for their items in Riverside Lodge Studio 1. You will need to present your receipt to volunteers in Studio 2 to collect your items. 

Are my ticket and art purchases a contribution toward Pocosin Arts, and how are these funds used?

All proceeds from the Benefit Auction are used to support the programs of Pocosin Arts, including all studios, scholarships, resident artists, community programs, Summer Art camp, After School Programs, Adult Workshops, Classes, etc. The artwork’s purchase price is not tax deductible unless it exceeds the stated retail value of the work.  In that case, only the difference between the retail value and your purchase price is tax deductible for income tax purposes.

Will the represented artists be at the auction?

All the artists who contribute work to the auction are invited to attend, and many of them do.

Can I bid without attending?

Yes. You may purchase an online ticket to participate in the online silent auction. This does not include auction items at the auction event.

FAQ for Online Silent Auction – October 23-29

How do I register to bid in the online silent auction?  Purchase an online bidding ticket, and you will receive bidding information a week before the beginning of the event.

When do I pay for my purchases?

You will be charged for your purchases following the event.

Will my purchase be shipped?

Yes, all purchases will be shipped to you directly from Pocosin Arts. Shipping fees are not included in art purchases. Items marked “$ Shipping” may incur higher shipping costs due to high insurance values, weight, or oversize packaging requirements. Shipping charges will include the carrier costs, insurance, packing materials, and a $10 handling fee for each item shipped. We will provide tracking information when we ship. Items can also be picked up at Pocosin Arts. Contact auction@pocosinarts.org if you have any shipping questions.