11th Annual UUCSJS Service Auction
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 pm and bidding starts at 7:00 pm.
The biggest fundraising activity of the year, our UUCSJS Service Auction is the most fun you’ll have supporting our congregation. If you’ve never attended before, here’s what to expect.
The Silent Auction is anything but! It’s the largest of the auctions in that it includes events, items, services, handmade items and baked goods. But it gets awfully noisy in what we call the “Sanctuary.”
Let’s discuss bidding on the Silent Auction. Each item or event or service has a sheet on which you write your name when the bidding starts. If the bids are a fixed price, as with events, you win it when you write your name on one of the pre-numbered lines.
The “Win It Now” price means that if you really, really, really want the item, you can write your name on the bottom line next to the “win it now” price and give the sheet to the table monitor. You pay that price – which is usually higher than an economical bidder might want to pay – but that perfect item will be yours before the evening is out!
The Live Auction is when you get to hold up your number to bid on something as the auctioneer calls out the offered bids. This is the big time, the main event, the show, the major leagues, the cat’s pajamas. This is when – unlike when you were in grade school and had to use the bathroom – holding up your hand could get you in serious trouble. But this is also the most fun part of the auction! Don’t dare wave to someone in the front row, or you could be the proud, new owner of a baby carriage.
The Chance Auction is exactly that – all up to chance. You buy a sheet of tickets, and place a ticket in a small bucket in front of the items you want. Then, we pick a ticket from the cup, and if you’re lucky, the item’s yours.
Winning or losing is pure luck. Unless you stuff the cup with tickets that cost you more than the item would have cost at Target. And then you still might not win it!
And to those of you who believe that one person’s junk is another’s treasure . . . get real! If it’s your junk, it’s my junk and it’s their junk. If you donate something we cannot place in the Chance Auction, we will be donating it to a worthy charity.