A Mexican dinner will be served for $10 and includes authentic tamales, rice, beans, and chips. Desserts and drinks will be sold separately.
The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and it is important to pre-register, which will guarantee you a seat and paddle for the quarter-craze auction. Seating is very limited.
Come early to shop with up to 15 businesses, enjoy your dinner and preview the dozens of items that will be up for bid for only one to three quarters per bid.
Admission is $5 in advance or $6 at the door and includes a paddle, with the opportunity to purchase more paddles.
If you wear anything with sunflowers or a Mexican theme, for example, sunflower in your hair, clothes, pins, etc. you will receive an entry into the big door-prize drawing.
A quarter auction is a cross between a raffle and an auction. It’s also a mix between a charity fundraiser and a direct sales vendor event. You purchase a ticket and that gets you in the door and gets you a numbered bidding paddle.
Your paddle will have a corresponding numbered chip that will go into the drawing basket. Home-based business people bring items to put up for "auction." Those items are on display for an hour before the event begins. When the auction starts, the emcee will hold up the item, give a brief description of it, and tell how many quarters it costs to bid. The bids cost only between 25 and 75 cents.
You need to bring a roll or two (or more) of quarters. If you’re interested in a chance to win an item, you’ll put the required number of quarters in the bowl at your table and hold up your bidding paddle. For example, if an item valued at $15 is offered it would require a 25-cent bid. If you want it, you toss a quarter into the bowl and raise your paddle.
The emcee then draws numbers to find a winner. If your number is drawn, you win that item for a quarter. If you didn’t bid and your number is called, you call out "no bid!" and numbers continue to be drawn to find a winner. You can also buy a second (or third) paddle and double or triple bid to increase your odds. It sounds potentially complicated if you haven’t been to one before but once you’re there and see it in action, it makes sense and it’s a blast.
The fundraising comes from sales of the tickets and from money raised from one auction item per vendor. The money raised at each event will benefit a local charitable organization or student group.
This event is on Facebook and invitations have been sent out but obviously not everyone has a computer or Facebook. So if you are interested and don’t have computer access you can call Cindy Hardin at 707-616-3816 or go to email@example.com.