I'm in charge of my daughter's preschool auction this year and it's a big one. Last year I was in charge of procurement...also a huge job....and we pulled in $60,000 worth of items. We netted just under $24,000. We need to make that again...and a lot of that comes from having fun things to bid on.
Do you guys have any ideas?? I have catalogs of ideas, but remember....those auction items are put together by people like me....people who have done these auctions to death (this is my fourth year being in charge of an auction, but the first time in charge of one so large). Dream up some auction packages, donations, I need a fresh perspective!
When I go to auctions I like to buy things I'll normally buy anyway.....haircuts at really nice salons, facials, pedicures, tickets and restaurant gift certificates. But there are people out there who come to auctions to find something completely different, things they wouldn't have purchased normally.
Personally, I'm putting together a Memorial Day weekend wine tasting in the Willamette Valley package. I have gotten several wineries to donate their tasting fees and a room at a hotel all booked, and I'm working on restaurant donations. I'm planning on buying the package at the auction as well!! Nobody better mess with me!! That is MY weekend dammit!!
I'm also doing a few lost-cost things....cookie baskets, coffee-lovers baskets (each Starbucks in the area is donating 2 1 lb bags of beans), a night-in basket with DVDs, popcorn and wine. Some of the feedback we got last year was that we needed more low-cost items...so I'm taking that to heart. Another bit of feedback we got was that people would like to see more kids' things.
My husband is getting a ton of manly man things from all his sub-contractors...tools, Home Depot gift cards, carpet cleaning, $200 worth of paint, landscaping, etc.
I'm going in with another family to buy a nice wine rack, and then relying on the preschool families to donate individual bottles of good wine to fill the rack. (We are a population of parents that LOVE our wine....so I'm really building on that.)
Families are always asking me what to donate...each family is responsible for donating between $500-$1000. Sometimes I'm stumped. I get all idea'ed out.
So....put together your dream auction donations and packages for me!! I'd really love to hear something new from people!