and the silent auction continues ONLINE {until 3/27/12}

The auction is now closed. Thank you for bidding! Winners will be contacted on the end of the day on March 28.

I thought about trying to channel my best auctioneer impression and writing this post in that tone, but then I remembered: Auctioneers are all annoying.

So I'll just be me.

If you're new here, let me introduce myself. I'm Shannon. My husband Lee and I have two precious (biological) kiddos and we're in the process of adopting Zoe Amanda - a sweet baby girl with chunky cheeks and cerebral palsy - from Taiwan. (You can read more about our adoption journey here and here.)

We had a spectacular fundraising night at Chick-fil-a last night, but even if you missed it, you can join us for the silent auction part! Below are all the items from our auction with the current high bid following each item! Bids will be accepted until midnight on Tuesday, March 27th. To bid on anything, fill out the Google form at the bottom of this post.

Some items are going at higher than their actual value, while others are well below it, and we have a wide range of items available, so there's something for everyone!

Hmm, that last line was a little auctioneer-esque. Sorry 'bout that.

For our out-of-town friends, some items - like the photo shoots - have to be used in the Raleigh area, but everything else can be shipped to you, including the stained glass. The shipping changes will - depending on the item - either be covered by the person who donated the item or by us... in other words, you don't need to plan for shipping costs to be added when making your bid.

The best news of all, though? 100% of the funds raised will go toward bringing Zoe Amanda home. How cool is that? 

Weekend getaways {click here for more details for each!} 
Item #1: Two-night weekend getaway at a mountain resort condo in Boone (value $300): $270 

Item #2: Two-night weekend romance package, Embassy Suites in Brier Creek (value: $340): $500 

Item #3: Two-night weekend stay in a two-room suite, Embassy Suites in Cary (RTP area) (value: $300): $140

Item #4: One-night weekend stay in a two-room suite, Embassy Suites at Crabtree in Raleigh (value: $150): $85 

Photo sessions and classes {click here for more details for each!}
Item #5: "Mini" family photo session and 1 5x7 Linen print from GreenFlash Productions Photography (value: $100): $60

Item #6: Photo session (maternity, newborn, family, child or senior) & 15-20 digital images from Rebecca Keller Photography (value: $100-150, depending on the type of session): $65

Item #7: Beginning photography class from Studio 310 Photography (value: $300-500): $450

Artsy items {click here for more details for each!}
Item #8: One custom letter project from Paint By Letters (value: ~$75): $60

Item #9: Original stained glass modern piece by Bill Dingle of Wood-Glass Designs$25

Item #10: Pair of original stained glass creations (cat frame & goose) by Bill Dingle of Wood-Glass Designs: $25

Item #11: Original stained glass: "An Eagle Soars" by Bill Dingle of Wood-Glass Designs$50 

Item #12: Stained glass bear in a balloon by Bill Dingle of Wood-Glass Designs$15

Gift cards {click here for more details for each!}
Item #13: $75 gift card to Target (value: $75): $100 

Item #14: $50 gift card to Amazon (value: $50): $65

Item #15: $50 VISA gift card (value: $50): $65 

Item #16: $50 gift certificate to online store Sweet Tea Paperie (value: $50): $50

Item #17: $45 gift certificate to Monkey Stitch (value: $45): $35

Item #18: $25 Olive Garden gift card; also good at Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52 (value: $25): $40

Item #19: $100 Mary Kay gift card with free shipping (value: $108): $65

All bidding is now CLOSED. Winners will be contacted by the end of the day on March 28! Thank you for a wonderful auction.