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Auction Consignment Procedures
Anyone may consign glass to the auction. Donations are welcome and encouraged. There is no limit to the number of items that can be considered for the auction, but normally the maximum accepted from any one consignor is 20 to 25. We implore the consignors to inspect their glass carefully for any and all damage, and to only submit quality, undamaged glass. If a piece of glass does have an issue, please include a detailed description with your list. This is a benefit auction for your favorite club, and we want to realize as much profit as possible. Donations are ENCOURAGED, and 100% of the purchase price goes to NCC. Some lower-value donated pieces may be sold in the museum's gift shop rather than be included in the auction, if the committee feels that will yield a better price. On all consignments, NCC retains 20% of the purchase price, the consignor receives 80%. This auction does not allow for reserves or minimum prices. There are no buyer's premiums charged.
During the months of August and September the committee will accept lists of proposed lots to be considered for the auction. Please try your best to indentify your pieces as accurately as possible. Pictures are encouraged. All lists should be emailed to the Committee (email address will be supplied). Please indicate "NCC Auction" on the subject line and include a mailing address and phone number. Lists can also be mailed to NCC Auction Committee, P.O. Box 416, Cambridge, Ohio 43725. Please include your phone number. All lists must be received by the Auction Committee on or before September 30th. The committee would like to communicate via email as much as possible to save time and postage. If you have email, please utilize it with us.
After the committee reviews all lists, we will select approximately 400 lots. Consignors will be notified (usually by mid-October) by email or regular mail, as the case may be, which pieces have been selected. If you question why certain pieces are not chosen, it does not mean that they are undesirable, and we encourage you to submit them again another year. It can mean different things: we already have chosen a similar piece from another consignor, or we can only accept a certain number of pieces from each consignor to be fair to all.
All glass accepted, whether shipped or brought to Cambridge in person, must be received by the November Quarterly Meeting, on Saturday, November 3, 2012. The ship-to address is also provided along with the notification. For those consignors able to bring their glass with them while attending the November Quarterly Meeting, you save on shipping charges, avoid potential breakage in transit, and, best of all, you get to attend a great NCC function. An excellent dinner and program accompany the meeting. In the event that we accept an item based on the consignment list, and it is determined not to be Cambridge glass, we will hold it for pickup by the consignor, arrange for return, or (in a few cases) offer it for sale through the museum's gift shop.
The committee needs to strictly adhere to all dates mentioned as we only have a few short weeks to properly inspect, identify, and have a completed auction catalog sent to the Crystal Ball editor, so that it can be included in the January issue and posted on the NCC web site. We would like to thank all consignors in advance for their timeliness in each step of these procedures.
We encourage you to consider consigning and donating some good quality pieces of Cambridge glass. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Committee.