I loved those flowers! I am sure you can show the kids that learning a craft is something that can help them in so many ways down the road. People still enjoy knowing that something was made by hand.
lol pet the chicken $1 per pet...ha ha ha
I know she went to a good home!
The flowers they make are usually donated to the various hospitals. I think that it a perfect way to share them.
The chicken is treasured for sure!
I am looking forward to hearing (reading...) the total amount that the DMs made from the auction. I hope it exceeds everyone's expectations!
A bit early to ask, but do you think there is going to be another one of these silent auctions with handcrafted goodies in the future?
If so, you can count me back in.
I think a good idea for the next time is to mention the original price of the item (for those of us that sell their work), or an estimated value, so that the bidders get an idea of the actual value of the item. That way the bids might get a little higher and the DMs would make even more money. Just an idea.
Of course you want to have many items in every price category, for different budgets, so that kids can afford to buy stuff they like with their own money, and some parents, grandparents and school staff can perhaps afford to buy the more expensive items.
As for necklace stands: I have a tutorial with printable pattern (for sale in my shop, but I'm closing my shop at the end of April), which I'd be happy to share with the DMs. The necklace stands are easy to make from cheap materials, so I think the kids could make a bunch of them for displaying the necklaces that have been donated.
Just keep us posted on things you need and we might be able to help you out.
Go Difference Makers!
Thanks Bea! We raised $3400
thanks to everyone!!
Bryan, DM and I am thrilled!! And YES we are definitely doing it again!
The monies raised here are going to pay for serious van issues and hopefully there will be enough for supplies/tools for our other projects.
Each bid sheet had the value listed on it. I made guesses where people didn't tell me a value, but I sell stuff so I definitely gave each a good value.
The items were organized by type because I didn't have enough to make a high rollers table. I think it worked out ok though. Also I had a buy it now price. Next year I will raise this to $5-$10 higher than the actual value to get a little donation into that.
Learning how to make necklace stands would be great. Thank you!! I had some, but not enough and the tables were small. I had to bring 2 of my craft tables and we raided classrooms for others. Bryan rented some tables for me, but they cost money and he had no idea that to display 200+ items you need alot of tables.
I will definitely keep you all in the loop. Lana is going to run for office so hopefully I'll be more in touch with everything. Once I get this auction done (still collecting money) I will put a detailed list of what support is needed for each event in case anyone wants to contribute towards it.
Thank you all for your continued generosity and support of Difference Makers!!! Your kindness really means the world to me.