Co-op Auction Barn is Now Open

Dec 07, 2020


For the fourth consecutive year, Tennessee Farmers Cooperative is hosting the Co-op Auction Barn to raise extra funds for the Tennessee 4-H and FFA programs. This year’s auction is being conducted online because of health concerns around COVID-19. The auction opened on www.COOP.gesture.com on Nov. 27 and bids will be accepted through Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. CST. Those interested in bidding should visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/iR/signUp/ to create an account. Starting Nov. 27, you can sign up to bid by texting COOP to 76278. Anyone is free to bid.

The auction features a wide selection of items, including a one-of-a-kind Case knife designed and produced exclusively for the auction, vintage items from Co-op’s history, and other items from Co-op, Stockdale’s, and select vendors. There is something for every budget.

Normally the auction takes place at Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s Annual Meeting, but this year TFC will hold its 2020 annual meeting virtually to safeguard the health and well-being of every-one involved and mitigate risk of exposure. Results of the auction will be announced during the meeting.

Last year, the auction raised almost $18,000 for the youth programs.

Once a bid is placed on an item, the bidder will receive a text message each time he or she is outbid. Automatic bidding is also available. All registered bidders will receive a text message before the auction closes so they can revisit the items in which they were most interested. At the close of the auction, every time someone bids on an item, the auction will extend for five more minutes until no one bids for a full five minutes. After five minutes without a new bid, the high bidder of each item will receive a cart link via text to pay by credit card immediately following the sale as well as an invoice by email. Bidders then pay via check or credit card via smartauctions.com.
“We’re excited to open the auction to a greater number of potential bidders through this platform,” says Jimmy Ogilvie, TFC sales and event manager. “This is a great way for everyone to support these worthy youth organizations.”

We encourage you to check out this auction to help raise funds for Tennessee’s FFA and 4-H programs. If you have questions on how to bid, please reach out to Jimmy Ogilvie at jogilvie@ourcoop.com.
 
 

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