Charleston Magazine’s 40th Anniversary Gala takes the auction online. Our mobile bidding software lets you place bids on silent auction items right from your phone.
Register your smartphone. You will receive a bidder number when you provide your name, phone number and credit card information to our staff at check-in. You will receive a text message with a link to your bidder URL. Click that link and select the red button that says Yes! when you see your name.
Browse items. Scroll through auction items by category from the home screen. If you know what you’re looking for, you can enter a specific item number or search phrase.
Place a bid – or a few. Go to an item’s detail page, select your maximum bid from the dropdown menu and click “Place Bid.” If your maximum bid is highest, the software places bids for you to keep you listed as the high bidder. Other bidders will see your number but not any identifying information. If you get outbid, you’ll get a text message to let you know. And if you’re not ready to commit, you can select the “Watch” option to keep an eye on an item.
Watch the auction. After bidding, you can view your items in the “My Bids” screen, which provides updates every 10 seconds to show if you’ve been outbid. If you’re outbid, tap "Bid Again" on any item and enter a new maximum bid. Watch the clock tick down on the event timer in the upper left corner of your screen.
If you get lost, don’t panic! You can return home by tapping the house icon under the official time clock.
And if you’d like to skip the auction but still make a donation to the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, give now.