[vc_row type=”full_width_content” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_color=”#ffffff” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left”][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=”none” column_padding=”padding-4-percent” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″][toggles][toggle title=”1. Dial our number.” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]Dial our number. (253) 925-9650. When someone answers the phone here, you’ll say something along the lines of, “I’m putting together a benefit auction. Help!”[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle title=”2. An auction consultant will get on the line” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]An auction consultant will get on the line and hold your hand. (Not literally. But you knew that.) She will ask you a lot of nosy questions. Trust this person: this is how she does this job best. Knowing every detail right up front helps our auction consultants create the best outcome for you.

Be prepared to answer questions like: when are you planning to have the event? Where will it take place? What is your financial goal for the auction? Are you the chair-person? Do you have co-chairs? Have you been responsible for putting on an auction before? If so, how did that experience go? If not, what makes you most nervous about this process? What is the history of this event?

And so forth. It can become quite detailed. Which we quite enjoy. Your project is suddenly the most interesting part of our day. Frankly, it will remain that until the post-auction evaluations are done.[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle title=”3. much it will cost ” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]You’ll want to know how much it will cost to use our services. We’ll give you the answer. You’ll sigh with relief.[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle title=”4. You’ll decide” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]You’ll decide you can’t survive your auction adventure without our help. We’ll send you a contract to sign, which spells out all the nitty-gritty, things like “Stokes Auction Group makes no guarantees about the safety of your cat if you choose to bring it to the auction.” Important things like that. You’ll pay a deposit.[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle title=”5. As the timeline unfolds” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]As the timeline unfolds, you’ll call your auction consultant with your questions, worries or suggestions. You can do this ten times a day if you want. Or not at all. It all depends on what works for you: we’re ready to take your call. There’s no extra charge for this. So most people take full advantage of it.[/vc_column_text][/toggle][/toggles][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ animation=”none” column_padding=”padding-4-percent” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″][toggles][toggle title=”6. We’ll talk to you about choosing an auctioneer and emcee” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]We’ll talk to you about choosing an auctioneer and emcee. If you don’t want to choose them (because sometimes you have no idea who would be the best one for your event, of course), we’ll make a selection for you. You’ll get to review our extensive auctioneer and emcee biographies and videos. You’ll be caught up in their professionalism and grace. You’ll be energized for your event.[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle title=”7. You might tell us you’re a little worried” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]You might tell us you’re a little worried about the day of the auction. Who will organize and brief all the volunteers? What about the flow of people at check-out? How do we set up all our items? We’ll take your hand (possibly for real, this time) and make a plan for the Stokes Auction Group staff you want at your event. You can have as many as an auctioneer, an emcee, professional bid-spotters, a volunteer coordinator, an auction consultant and back-of-the-house staff plus our audio/visual guru, or you can have just an auctioneer.[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle title=”8. The day of the auction dawns” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]You’ll want to know how much it will cost to use our services. We’ll give you the answer. You’ll sigh with relief.[/vc_column_text][/toggle][toggle title=”9. We walk you through some post-auction details” color=”Accent-Color”][vc_column_text]We walk you through some post-auction details and you’ll tell us you’ve decided to be in charge of the auction again next year. On account of how easy it was after all.[/vc_column_text][/toggle][/toggles][/vc_column][/vc_row]