By Carey Purcell
19 Sep 2013
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
Along with items for sale, photographs and autographs, the Flea Market also features a silent auction and a live auction. Viola and Graziano recommended not missing the latter, describing the live auction as "a show unto itself."
Silent auction lots will be opened every half hour from 10 AM until 3:30 PM. Pre-bidding on silent and live auction lots is available online through Sept. 21 at 10 AM by visiting broadwaycares.org.
"On the day of the Flea Market, the Grand Auction, which will be in Shubert Alley this year, is divided in two parts," Viola and Graziano said. "The silent auction runs every half hour from 10 AM until 3:30 PM as a dozen or so new items come up in each 30-minute window. Silent auction items include everything from signed posters and photos, to props and costume pieces from Broadway shows. And there are always one-of-a-kind surprises. You'll write down your bid on sheets that are with each item. It's a good idea to place a bid early but stick around until that round closes so you can make last-second bids on items you just can't live without."
While planning for the Flea Market is important, Viola and Graziano said, "Relax and have fun! It's the biggest day for Broadway fans. Take your time to walk the tables. Plan ahead for auctions and autographs. And remember that the money from every single item you buy or bid on goes toward helping ensure that those battling HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses receive lifesaving medication and health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. When Broadway fans come together, they truly make a difference."
The 27th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction is sponsored by United Airlines and The New York Times.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.
Broadway Cares awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic.
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