The random ramblings of a perpetual procrastinator. These are the life & times of a nursing home CNA navigating the ups & downs of living with someone who's living with a disability. A sometimes amusing, sometimes bittersweet look at my journey into real adulthood.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Celebrate. Remember . Fight back.

Had an absolute blast yesterday at the auction!  There was yummy treats, lots of door prizes & tons of great items up for auction.  Our table kept winning, & we were loud & obnoxious about it.

I had never even heard of a quarter auction before, so it was a new experience for me.  It's an awesome idea for a fundraiser.  Here's how it works:

  • Our ticket got us one auction paddle.  When we arrived, we picked a bingo chip with a random number on it.  That number was added to a bin where the winners would be drawn from, & we got a corresponding paddle.
  • Additional paddles were $2 each, so you could have more than one chance to win auction items.
  • We got a catalog with a list of auction items & how many "quarters" it cost to bid on each.  The bids ranged from 1 quarter to 4 quarters.
  • When it came time for bidding, we put the appropriate amount of quarters in a cup on the table.  If you bid with more than one paddle, you had to pay the bid amount for each additional one.
  • After all the bids were made, the quarters were collected & a paddle number was selected.  If the person who had that paddle bid, they win the item.
I only won a door prize that I couldn't use, but luckily traded with Jenn for one I could use!   My friend Amanda felt sorry for me too, so she shared one of her prizes with me.  It's an adorable walled from Thirty One Gifts.  Check them out.  They have great stuff!

At the end of the day I didn't mind that I didn't win much.  The title of this blog is the slogan that was printed in the auction book, & exactly what the we did yesterday.  It really was more than just a quarter auction.

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