Here’s the thing: I’m a sucker for a good deal. If online bargain-hunting was a sport, I’m pretty sure I’d be in contention for a gold medal.
Which is why this is one of my favorite times of the year. No, I’m not talking about the approach of Black Friday (we can talk about that in another post). I’m talking about the ValleyPBS Holiday Gift Auction, which is happening online through November 24th.
(Full disclosure: I do, in fact, work for ValleyPBS in my other life. But I don’t get anything other than brownie points for telling you about this awesome opportunity!)
There is a huge variety of items available on the ValleyPBS auction – everything from restaurant gift certificates and opera tickets to hotel stays and shopping sprees – donated by local businesses as well as companies around the state. Opening bids start at 40% of the item’s value, which means you have the chance to pick up some amazing deals (especially on the Buy It Now listings, which are guaranteed to be yours at 50% off). All the money raised goes toward keeping ValleyPBS’s entertaining, educational television on the air. (Downton Abbey, anyone?!)
If shopping local is as important to you as it is to me, there are plenty of places to choose from, like the Old Town Clovis shops, Revival 23 Boutique, Fresno Coin Gallery, Fig Garden Village and Sierra Vista Mall.
And there’s a reason why it’s called the ValleyPBS Holiday Gift Auction: It’s the perfect place to get started on your Christmas shopping early, from the comforts of your own home. There’s all kinds of unique items, like Persian rugs, a rocking elephant for your favorite toddler, a Starbucks gift basket or even replica Giants World Series rings.
Plus, if you’re looking for something to do while your family’s in town for the holidays, the auction’s got you covered. Get a caterer from Food for Thought or The Painted Table to do your cooking, and then show those visitors what Fresno has to offer with a fun outing at the Downtown Ice Skating Rink or The Nutcracker. Need something to wear? Check out this beautiful dress from Madeleine’s Bridal, and accessorize it with something sparkly from Jackson Jewelers.
That’s just a selection of the items up for bid. I’ll stop typing and let you log on to valleypbs.org/auction to see for yourself! Well, and I’ll leave you with this gorgeous wedding dress, just in case you happen to need one of those…
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