By now, many of you have seen our convention announcement via Facebook or email. For those who haven’t, we will be Rockin’ in Rock Island this year. The Holiday Inn Rock Island in Rock Island, Illinois will host this year’s convention September 8-11, 2022. In keeping with this year’s theme, we hope it is music to your ears to hear that the registration fee will remain the same as last year. We will also be expanding a couple of activities.
First, during Friday afternoon Hospitality, we will bring back the frequently requested Top & Bottom Exchange. Keep in mind that while many of our members have accumulated extra tops and bottoms over the years, few are interested in bringing their entire accumulation to convention. If you are looking for a particular item, please submit your wish to Readings by June 1, so that we can publish a special Convention Top/Bottom Want List in the next edition of Readings as a guide for those who have extras to bring.
Second, we will be expanding the “Free/ Giveaway” activity to include Tea Leaf Rescue. A small conference room across the hall from the ballrooms will have tables for convention attendees to drop Tea Leaf and Variant Ironstone items, in good condition, for other convention attendees to rescue free of charge. Our goal is to save a piece of history and find good homes for Tea Leaf you can no longer care for, so it does not end up in a landfill. Please do not bring seriously damaged items. It is nearly impossible to find new homes for items that are not healthy. Discolored items are the exception as they can be rehabbed. Any items that have not been rescued before dinner on Saturday will be boxed up and auctioned Saturday night just prior to the Catalog Auction. Proceeds will go to the Copper Lustre Fund.
Finally, the traditional activities continue. Planning is underway and will include our traditional Thursday Night Welcome Dinner, Friday Tour, Educational Programs, Table Sales, Non-Catalog Auction, Catalog Auction, and After Hours gatherings. If you are considering participating in either auction format, please carefully read the 2022 Auction articles downloadable below. The July 1 Catalog Auction consignment deadline is rapidly approaching. Pay particular attention to the Non-Catalog Auction, as the rules have changed. We have reduced the price per flat and expanded the number of flats per household, but we also have added a commission that mimics the Catalog Auction.
If you are interested in helping with this year’s convention, please call or text at 407-341-6459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to discuss ways you might be able help. We particularly need hosts for Hospitality, Tea Leaf Rescue, Table Sales, and Auction Check-in. I look forward to Rockin’ with you in Rock Island this September.
Sue Chrisman, Convention Chair
About the new Auction opportunities...
In 2019, we celebrated Tea Leaf Club International’s 40th Anniversary. In 2020, we paused for the Pandemic. In 2021, to usher in a new era for the Club, we decided to modify our convention auction format.
We are currently planning to continue both auction opportunities for 2022.
Saturday Afternoon: Non-Catalog (New) Auction
Saturday Evening: Catalog (Traditional) Auction
Auction Details and Consignment Forms are below.
Live Auction Consignment Deadline is July 1. Act Now!
Hotel Reservation Information...
We have a great room rate at the Holiday Inn in Rock Island, Illinois. It is $99 per night, which includes parking and breakfast! Make your hotel reservations now. No deposit is required. You may select a room with one king bed or two queen beds. Cancellations can be made up to 6pm the night prior to the start of your reservation. You may book online or call the hotel directly (309-794 -1212) and ask for the Tea Leaf Club block. Click here to book online. Address: 226 17th St., Rock Island, IL 61201
Convention Schedule (watch for details)...