Harrisville Library Quarter Paddle Auction
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What Is a Quarter Auction and How Does It Work?
A quarter auction is part raffle, part auction, part fundraiser and also a direct sales party. It works a bit like bingo. When you arrive, you will buy a numbered paddle for a $5.00 donation. This paddle will have a corresponding numbered chip which will be put into the drawing basket. You’ll be able to purchase more paddles for if you wish at $3.00 each).
The direct sales vendor or crafter will have items up for "auction". These items will be on display for about a half hour after the doors open– so you can see what will be up for auction and decide which items you are interested in.
Once the auction begins, the announcer or vendor/crafter will hold up the item that's up for bid and will describe the item and announce whether the item is a "one quarter" or "two quarter" bid or so on. (1 quarter bid is equivalent to an item valued at or about $10, 2 quarter bid would be an item equivalent to around $20 and so on…
If you are interested in bidding, you’ll put one or two quarters or so on (whatever was announced) for EACH paddle you intend to bid with. So if you have two paddles, and want to bid with both to double your chances, and the item is a "one quarter" bid, you’ll put .50 in the bucket and raise your paddle(s). If you have two paddles and decide to only bid with one, you only pay .25, BUT you MUST choose only one of their numbered paddle to bid with. A worker(s) will be walking from table to table with a bucket to collect bids. (All quarters collected go directly to the vendor as soon as they are collected) The announcer will then draw a number to find a winner. If your number is drawn and you had bid on the item, hooray! You just won an awesome item at a great price! If your number is drawn and you did NOT bid, just call out "no bid!" and the announcer will continue to draw numbers until they find a winner. If it all sounds complicated, relax. Everything will be explained again once you get to the auction, and you'll catch on in no time and you'll love it!
There will also be various raffles, a raffle pick board(s) – a time to shop at the various vendors, and refreshments will be available.
Any questions please feel free to contact me, Pam @ Harrisville Library
[email protected] or 315-543-2577 or by messenger on Facebook -- Pamela Conlin