Week Two: Nov. 20-30
The auction begins at 9 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 20, and ends at 9 a.m. on Sun., Nov. 30. Once the auction's live, you'll be able to click through from each item to eBay. (Items marked "THIS JUST IN!" are recent additions.) Remember, your winning bids benefit The Children's Home. And if you haven’t yet bid on an item from the first week, you may still have time; Auction Week One won’t close till Sun. Nov. 23 at 9 a.m.
Dinner for two at Locale Market’s Farmtable
Score an eight-course gourmet dinner for you and a companion at Farmtable, the new dining concept by celebrity chefs Michael Mina and Don Pintabona, opening soon in the much-anticipated Locale Market in downtown St. Pete’s Sundial complex. Farmtable is just one of many enticing features of Locale, a gourmet emporium stocked with fresh, seasonal goods that promises to be a foodie’s dream — just like this auction item. Value: $400.
Announce the weather on TV
Join ABC Action News meteorologist Wayne Shattuck for a behind-the-scenes tour of the studio and the weather station… then host your very own personal faux weather show at the studio and take home a copy to share with friends and family. Date for your weather-casting debut is Dec. 27, 2014: Arrive at 5:30 p.m. and you can watch the news being broadcast, then take a tour of the station at 6:30 p.m. and tape your own personal weather forecast. Value: Priceless.
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Tiki Night at The Bends for 4
The Bends has been serving fine spirits to local folks for only a few years, but the St. Pete watering hole has become a favored spot for the area’s nighttime denizens, as much for its easy-on-the-eyes ever-gracious bartenders as its hipster-chic ambience and the made-for-dancing room in the back, with its laser lights, glitzy chandelier, neon-lit DJ booth and pinball machines. The winner of this package and three friends are treated to three of the Bends’ best tiki cocktails each (a dozen total) and share one of the famed (multi-straw, multi-alcohol) scorpion bowls. Value: $160.
A year of growlers from Coppertail Brewing and a King Corona gift card
You’ll never be without a new or favorite brew from Ybor City’s newest craft brewery. Once a month for an entire year, you can bring your complimentary growler bottle into Coppertail Brewing Company and have it filled with a “brewer’s choice” selection of their distinctive and delicious handcrafted beers. And while you’re in Ybor, pick up some premium cigars, a Cuban coffee, or a stellar Cuban sandwich — all possible with a gift card from King Corona. Value: $350 (Growler for a year: $300; King Corona gift card: $50).
The Central Arts District Experience
The Central Arts District is a beloved St. Pete destination. Encompassing the 300 to 700 blocks of Central Avenue and its immediate side streets, it abounds with art, restaurants, entertainment, services, and the highest concentration of murals the city has to offer. The winning bidder will receive a mural tour for two, compliments of Florida CraftArt; an art and hot shop experience from the Morean Arts Center; and goods, gift certificates, food and beverages from the following CAD businesses: Absolutely Beautiful Flowers, Cycle Brewing, Daddy Kool Records, Dysfunctional Grace Art Co., Il Ritorno, Michele Tuegel Gallery, MISRED Outfitters, Strands of Sunshine, St. Pete Brewing Company, Sleeperwoods, VLVT Salon, and ZaZoo’d. Value: $500+.
Kahwa Coffee for a year
Keep caffeinated with 1 pound of coffee per week for a year from Tampa Bay’s favorite home-grown coffee purveyors, Kahwa Coffee. You can collect your coffee monthly if you prefer. Value: $520.
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Two VIP Big City Events passes for 2015
The folks at Big City Events plan some of Tampa’s biggest, coolest, and best-lubricated bashes. With this item you get two VIP passes to the biggest, coolest (and possibly wettest): the Spring Beer Fling, the Margarita Festival, the Summer of Rum, and Bourbon & Brew. Plus, you get an invitation to the Big City Events Gasparilla Parade Party on Bayshore Boulevard, and you’re in line for other secret invites and offers throughout 2015. Value: $1,000.
Tattoo Session from David Bruehl @ Red Letter 1
A gift certificate for a session with acclaimed tattoo artist David Bruehl at RedLetter1 Tattoo Workspace in Tampa’s historic Hyde Park. Bruehl’s lush, intricate designs are truly unique, winning him recognition as one of CL’s Best of the Bay. This is a non-transferable offer, and the entire value must be used in one session. Winning bidder must make an appointment within one year of the auction date. The gift certificate is not redeemable for cash, is valid for tattoos only, and cannot be split among multiple people. Value: $300.
Discover your inner pirate wench at La France
Stand out from the crowd by being made over like a classic scalawag for the 2015 Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Your winning auction bid gets you a gift certificate for fashion from the retro-fabulous La France in Ybor City, plus a session with a personal stylist to put together a pinup-worthy pirate costume — or an outfit for whatever festive occasion’s on your social calendar. Value: $200.