Do you sell on eBay? If so, then you can help raise money for Binc to assist booksellers in need, while you sell through eBay Giving Works. Simply follow the easy steps on the eBay Giving Works site to designate a percentage of the sale of an item to be donated to Binc.
Your merchandise will be tagged as a charitable sale and show up on our branded Giving Work page as well as the general categories you choose. It has been shown that listings for a charity get more attention and often sell for more. As an added bonus, when your listing sells, eBay will credit back a portion of the seller fees!
The Binc Foundation will continue to list items on our Giving Works page and we’d like to have you join us.
Not a seller, but definitely a buyer? Be sure to bookmark our page and check back often.
Borders Signage Auction a Big Hit
We were blown away with the response to our first-ever Charity Auction on eBay. The signage letters from the outside of the Borders flagship store in Ann Arbor were clearly much more sought after than we had imagined. Book people started the bidding and bid fast and furious to the bitter end, resulting in more than $3900 being raised to date. Check out our eBay page for additional letters still on the auction block. We are listing items regularly, so check often!
The letters are finding new homes all over the country. A children’s book author in Massachusetts purchased the word BOOKS, and we hope it will bring both joy and inspiration. A woman in New York purchased a letter for her Borders Alum brother and it is gracing his Ann Arbor home. A husband from New Jersey wrote “My wife worked for Borders for almost 12 years so rest assured it is going to a good book loving home.” We hope to hear where all the letters end up, follow us on Facebook to see the results.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the building owners, Malcolm Properties, LLC. Willingness to help and quick action on the part of the owners and demolition crew rescued these letters from the dumpster and allowed them to be used for a good cause. All the proceeds will benefit the programs of the Binc Foundation in support of booksellers.
We send a huge “thank you” to all who participated (and continue to participate) in the auction. We know that the winners will treasure their little piece of Borders history.
On New Year’s Eve the outdoor signage was removed from Borders flagship store in Ann Arbor, MI, marking a sad, but inevitable milestone in the lives of many book lovers. Because of the generosity of Malcolm Properties, LLC, the building owners, the letters spelling BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC have been donated to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to use in fundraising efforts. All the money raised will go toward Foundation programs to assist book store employees across the country with emergency financial grants.
Starting January 21 until January 31 you can bid on these letters through an online eBay charity auction. The 2-foot tall metal and plexi-glass letters are waiting to adorn your bookshelf, wall, cupboard, indoors or out – wherever you want a little fun. Whether you want one of the distinctive “B”s, your initials, a favorite letter, or enough letters to spell out a special word or name be sure to bid early and often!