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CTEF Online Auction: 10/21 through 10/26. Mark Your Calendar!

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 20, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by CTEF Blog Team

CTEF Blog Team


Are you getting ready to stock up on tile installation tools, products, and materials? If yes, then please mark your calendar for the October CTEF Online Auction.

What's the CTEF Online Auction?

The CTEF online auction takes place from October 21st at noon until October 26th at 10 am EST. It's a way to raise funds in support of the CTEF mission which the COVID-19 pandemic has severely threatened.

That mission is to improve the tile industry through certification, education, training, and participation in the development of nationally recognized standards and methods. 

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During normal times, CTEF generates income through in-person training and hands-on certification event fees. Unfortunately, since March 2020 all events have been suspended, to be rescheduled once conditions are safer.

>> See DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting Pledges $1,000 per Month to CTEF During COVID-19 Pandemic

So, the proceeds from this online auction mean that CTEF can stay afloat through the pandemic, remain relevant and rapidly get back on track with ramping up the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program, and expand tile installation training as well as the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) program as soon as things get back to normal.

What's Included in the CTEF Online Auction?

We think you'll love the items you'll be able to bid on in this online auction!

The auction will include over 50 items of particular relevance to tile installation professionals like you. These are products donated by tile and stone industry supporters, suppliers and manufacturers that include among others:

  • Tools such as mixers, saws, trowels, floats, sponges and knee pads
  • Materials such as tile, GPTP, backer board, underlayment, mortar, and grout.
  • Flooring products
  • And more

What's Included in the CTEF Online Auction?(Click to Download Flyer)

Thank You Online Sponsors!

CTEF gratefully acknowledges the participation of the following auction sponsors:

Amarly, ARDEX, Blanke, Custom Building Products, Crossville, Dal Tile, Edge Strip Kits, ETM, ECore, Florida Tile, Gundlach, HB Fuller/TEC, Interceramic, James Hardie, Laticrete, Mapei, Noble Company, Pro Knees, Progress Profiles, QEP, Rubi Tools, Russo Trading, Schluter , Scodd Industries, University of CTS, and USG.

Other Examples of Tile Industry Online Auctions

If you've never participated in an online auction, you may enjoy learning about the one that the Tile Heritage Foundation organizes. This is an annual event that auctions off stunning artisan planters in July.

You can read about it in this TileLetter article:


How Do You Participate in the CTEF Online Auction?

This is what is very cool about an online auction: you can participate from your desktop or laptop, via your phone or other digital device using an app. You can even do so via text!

To bid, your first step is to register at www.accelevents.com/e/cathey.

  • You can sign up via Facebook
  • Or you can register with your email, phone number and an account password.

After doing so, you can submit your desired bid amount. You will then receive text confirmation of your bid. You will receive instant text outbid notifications and be notified if you have won an item at the end of the auction through email and text. And it costs you nothing to bid.

You can bid on as many items as you'd like. As you saw at the top of the article, this is a great time of year to stock up on installation tools and materials, and you're sure to find many of the items you know, love and depend on in this online auction.

Will You Help Us Get the Word Out About the CTEF Online Auction?

CTEF counts on you to deliver on its mission. Could you help us get the word out?

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. As we get more information, we'll update this article.

We hope you'll consider participating in the online auction, too.

Thanks for reading!

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Note: We originally announced the CTEF Online Auction on September 21, 2020.

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