COAST auctions provide a platform for our members to offer their surplus stock and offers the opportunity for the club to raise funds with a portion of the sale proceeds. Auction item donations are greatly appreciated and help pay the overhead costs of our organization.
How to Buy at Auction
- A styrofoam box or cooler is often useful to transport any fish you win after you receive them.
- Arrive by 2:15 pm to preview items up for auction.
- If you are already a COAST member pick up your yellow member card from the registrar table.
- Non-members need to join to be assigned a member number and card.
- When bidding hold your card up so the auctioneer can see you!
- A runner will bring you items you win with a slip to initial.
- Check that you got the correct item, check the price, and initial the slip.
- You pay when the auction is over.
- Pay by personal check or cash. We do not accept credit cards.
- Show your receipt at the door, go home, and enjoy your new fish, plants, and equipment.
How to Sell at Auction
- You must be a dues-paid COAST member to participate in the auction.
- You can join the club before the auction begins.
- Sellers receive 80%, the club 20%.
- Please do not bring sick, damaged, or illegal fish and plants.
- Fill out the Auction Form BEFORE you arrive.
- Number all your bags of fish and other items for sale with your member number, followed by a dash and the item number, starting with 1.
- Each bag must have a Lot Number (Member and item number), name of plant or fish species, and quantity.
- Hand in your Auction Form at the registration table.
- Find a clear spot on an auction table and set them up neatly for ease of viewing.
- Purchase any items you would like.
- At the end of the auction, collect your 80% share of the auction price in cash. Your purchases will be deducted from your sales balance.
Fish and Plant Bagging Tips
- Use proper fish bags and double bag.
- Bag adult males separately from females
- Separate territorial or aggressive fish from each other to
minimize damage or death.
- Individual bags can be taped together to be
sold as pairs or groups.
- Do not feed fish the night before.
- Bag fish in clean water with a ratio of 1/3 water to 2/3 air.
- Please bag fish at home.
- Label bags with member no., bag no., qty and sex of fish, genus/species
- Print labels or use a sharpie for bag identification
- Plants may be single bagged and do not need to be submersed in water.
- Label as for fish.