Donate Items

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How do I donate items?

There are a few ways you can donate your items to the ideastream Live Televised Auction.

  • Call the Auction office at 216-916-6154
  • Send an email:  auction@ideastream.org
  • Mail your donation: ideastream Live Televised Auction, Idea Center®, 1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-1835
  • Items can be dropped off at the station AFTER March 12, 2018. Drop off location map is located below
  • All items must include a SIGNED and DATED Donor form to be accepted - Download and print out a donor form

Limited pick-up service is available.

All donated items become the property of the ideastream Live Televised Auction and will not be returned.

 

Auction Item Drop-Off Map

Once your item is received in the Auction Office, it will be processed. A donor receipt form will either be given to you at the time of your donation or be forwarded to you after the Auction. If you download the donor form, complete the form and mail it in with your donation to the address listed above. The Auction Office will forward a tax receipt to you after the Auction.

Your donation will make the Auction a success and will support the station’s mission to strengthen our communities by providing distinctive, thought-provoking programs and services that enlighten, inspire, educate and entertain.

What items can I donate?

Good Sellers

  • Food/Beverage: Certificates for anything related to food, including groceries or food products. Wine and beer also sell well.
  • Sports/Entertainment: Tickets to local sporting events (especially those tickets to sold out games!), restaurant certificates, tickets to special events, theater tickets, etc.
  • Outdoor Sports: New camping equipment, bicycles, sports equipment, canoes, skis etc.
  • Travel: Weekend getaway packages, hotel nights, car rental, luggage, travel accessories, etc.
  • Electronic: New audio and video equipment, computers, phones, cameras, etc.
  • Garden: New lawn care products, lawn mowers, edgers, snow blowers, lawn care services, etc.
  • Household Appliances: New food processors, grills, microwave ovens, small kitchen appliances, vacuums etc.
  • Large Appliances: New refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, etc.
  • Jewelry: New watches, rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc.
  • Antiques
  • Collectibles

What are the benefits to donating items?

The ideastream Live Televised Auction cannot exist without the support of area businesses and private individuals. There are many benefits associated with participating in the annual event. The ideastream Live Televised Auction will:

  • Deliver your message to viewers in 17 counties, including viewers in Cleveland and Akron.
  • Your product or servize will be listed on the ideastream Live Televised Auction website and can potentially be showcased on-air on WVIZ/PBS.
  • Reach potential customers who live, work and shop in your neighborhood.
  • Associates you and your business with the quality public television brand.
  • Offer a tax deduction.

The more valuable your donation, the more on-air promotion and visibility your company will receive.

Donation of items valued from $100-$249

  • Your item is listed on the ideastream Live Televised Auction website.
  • Your item may be showcased on-air on WVIZ/PBS.

Donation of items valued from $250-$499

  • Your item will be presented on-air on WVIZ/PBS.
  • Your item will be listed on the ideastream Live Televised Auction website.

Feature Board donations (items valued from $500-$999)

  • Your item is presented in an on-air photo montage (4-5 photos).
  • Your item will be listed on the ideastream Live Televised Auction website.

Big Board donations (items valued from $1,000 and above)

  • Your item is presented in an on-air photo montage (5-8 photos).
  • Your item is presented two times, and each increase of $500 (over $1,000) in value receives an additional on-air presentation. 
  • Your item will be listed on the ideastream Live Televised Auction website, including a link to your company’s website.

Art, Antiques and Collectibles

  • In addition to general merchandise and gift certificates, the ideastream Live Televised Auction is a showcase for art, antiques and collectibles. Your donations are gratefully accepted. The on-air presentation is handled by experts in the field.

Destination Boards

We have several communities that have donated items from businesses in their area as a way to invite you to spend a day visiting their community. Learn more about destination board sponsorship. 

Check back later to see which community will be showcased on a Destination Board.

Unacceptable Items

  • Damaged Items
  • Floor Samples
  • Used Merchandise
  • Hard Liquor
  • Perishables (can offer the donor the option to provide a certificate)
  • Firearms
  • Pets
  • Furs

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