This is the collection of kites given to Kent Kite Flyers, by the family of an ex-member who unfortunately has had to go into a residential care home. The majority of the kites are in good condition as they have rarely been flown if at all.
Thanks to Len for cataloguing, and Bill and Gareth for valuing the collection and Len will be posting the reserve price in due course as mentioned.
Post by Gareth Williams on Jan 6, 2015 13:06:05 GMT
I think a little bit of an explanation is needed, but I can only really tell you what I know, and what was discussed on Sunday.
The collection belonged to Stuart Richards. I remember him flying the tramontana, but other than that, I don't remember him flying many 2 line kites, so I was quite surprised at the number in the collection. I remember him making kites, and he made several from the Maxwell Eden book "Kiteworks" though the only one I see listed is the Stone Mountain Kite (I think that's what it is called). But I know he made a Brandes Flare as well, as he helped me with mine and we compared notes on several occasions and finally flew both together at Ashford.
The kites will be listed here, I'm sure Len will resolve the photobucket permissions issue, or we'll find another way of publishing them. All kites will be for sale by auction. Most will have a reserve price, there are only a couple that are marked as "offers". All bidding will take place on this site, though it may be an idea to have a separate thread for each kite just so life doesn't get too confusing. If a kite fails to reach its reserve, or attract any interest, it will be made available for sale at various events attended by KKF. This will be similar to the kites put up for sale at Peterborough kite festival a couple of years ago.
Now to the bidding process. Anyone can bid. The auction is open to both members and non-members. If a kite reaches its reserve price and there is no other bidding activity, after a period of time to be announced on each auction, the first person to offer the reserve price will win. In all other cases, where bidding occurs and the reserve is passed, the closing date for bids will be announced, and at the closing date, the highest bidder, or the first person bidding the highest bid in the case of two or more people bidding the same, will win the kite.
Kites are currently in storage and will be available for collection at the AGM. After the AGM, kites can be collected, by arrangement, at Teston, Herne Bay, Bewl, etc. Kites can also be posted to the winner, subject to the winner agreeing to cover post and packaging costs.
Finally, I understand that the family have asked that proceeds from the sale go to supporting the Teston event.
If I've got anything wrong, I'm sure one of the committee will jump in and correct me.
Gareth has cover the details very comprehensively, but not payment, which will be cash/cheque or bank transfer, as we do not have the facilities for card transactions. Cheques from winning bidders should be payable to Kent Kite Flyers and instructions as to where these should be sent along with any person wishing to complete a bank transfer will be issued individually to each winning bidder.
Thanks Gareth for explaining clearly the selling process for Stuart's kite collection. The committee would also like to thank Peter Reeves who was initially contacted by Stuart's son, collected the kites and stored them at his home until arrangements could be made for them to be transferred to safe, dry storage.
Thanks to all involved so far. When does the auction start? How long are the items going to be on auction for?
Is it simply a case of starting a new thread with an offer for any kite one may be interested in? or is someone going to start a thread when the auction starts?
I guess the answer needs to come from the committee, but for my part, I think that anyone can bid on any item by starting a new thread, with the lot number in the thread subject. I think that a member of the committee who is not participating in the auction for a lot should determine the duration of each auction. My thoughts are that once an auction for an item starts, there should be a post from the committee saying that this auction will end on such and such a date at such and such time, so everyone is clear exactly what is happening.
I've participated in auctions on other forums where the termination wasn't clearly stated, which left a bad taste.