Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Auction Success




The School Fundraiser finally came and the Animal Totems Art Quilt that my friend Seda and I made was finally auctioned off.

There are several "levels" of auctions actually. There are two silent auctions, the first for items donated by parents and local businesses.

There are always great items here because we have so many big companies in the area. Microsoft always puts up lots of their latest gadgets, one year there were several Zune Packages, Adobe has many, many software packages as well, I always like their Adobe Photoshop Software! And Amazon.com hosted an entirely separate auction called the 'Bid-O-Gram' which included their new Kindle 2: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device (Latest Generation). I have the original Kindle and I LOVE it!


Then, of course, each of the teachers host an event that you can bid on. One third grade teacher would take your child to the zoo, stuff like that. There was also the perfunctory 'Principal for the Day'


And then it came time for the live auction. Now we don't live in the same neighborhood as Bill Gates, who is across the highway from us, but our school really puts a lot into this auction and it's held at the Westin every year. It's a big to-do, with everyone dressing up.


We had the local news anchor hosting the auction, a really nice guy with perfect hair and teeth! Among all the art projects there were big items, like a weekend for 8 at a lakeside cottage, a trip to Chicago for four to see the Oprah show live. That was the top bid actually, many, many ladies wanted to go to the Oprah show!


Our quilt was thrown in with all the other items in the live auction. There was one other quilt that was made this year, but the rest were things like benches, where the kids did tiles, and some really lovely artwork. I wish I would have gotten more pictures but I was volunteering during the event and my shift ended up during the live auction and dinner! (what lousy timing!)


Because of that I didn't get any pictures of the girls walking the quilt down the stage and our local anchorman celebrity talking about how wonderful it was.


But, we did get the second highest price of ALL the art projects! Someone paid $1800 for our beautiful quilt!

15 comments:

audreypawdrey said...

It is so beautiful! I am glad the auction went so well and it is a testament to all the hard work you put into it. I am glad that it went for such a high price! Congratulations!

Micki said...

Glad that the auction went so well...The quilt was beautiful!
Micki

marklipinskisblog said...

OMG! I love that quilt. It's absolutely sensational! Good for you! You guys rocked it, baby!

xoxom
www.marklipinski.com

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Congratulations! I have been there and I know the anxiety of waiting to see if anyone will want the quilt you worked so hard on and the thrill when you raise a bundle for the kids you love. What an accomplishment! You should be so proud of yourself and your work.

wonderwoman said...

its a lovely quilt and what a fantastic amount of money!!!

xx

Momoo said...

Your Animal Totems Art Quilt if really sharp. I often see the low prices put on handcrafted items and cringe. So nice to see you earned a sizable amount for your group, makes the all the effort worhtwhile.

Jane Moxey said...

Congratulations on getting such a great price on the quilt at your kids school auction!! I love how generous people get for a cause they care about! It is very heart-stopping and sometimes it really takes a talented auctioneer to get people to bid beyond their limits!! YESSSSS!

YankeeQuilter said...

Way to go! I knew that quilt would do well!

jenclair said...

Congratulations! A beautiful quilt and a worthy cause!

Nanci said...

Am glad the auction went well. Isn't it nice to see people being generous with their time for good causes.

Eileen said...

Congratulations!! I have been waiting to see how high it went. Job well done everyone!!

Shanna said...

That is awesome!! It is an amazing quilt and you did a fabulous job! Congrats!!

Tricia and Aimee said...

That is fabulous! What a great ending to a great project, congratulations!
hugs
tricia

Libby said...

Wow, congrats! The quilt looks awesome (as I've probably said before :) ) and it must feel great to bring in so much $$ for the school.

niena said...

Congratulation my dear. Such a beautiful quilt.