October 31, 2013

The Christmas Penny Auction- 2012

About a family activity this past [2012] Christmas
I called it a PENNY AUCTION. The items up for auction were from my personal Gift closet inventory..some from super sale shopping and others were re-gifting offerings.  Let's face it, at this point in my life there is just no more space available-walls, floor or attic storage. I NEED virtually nothing...but 'if you must bring me a gift could we make it something I can eat, drink or burn [ like CANDLES].

 I announced the Penny Auction to our family group  of 18  as we celebrated on December 23rd in Brundidge.  Instructions and information given to the Christmas gathering:
  • Check your  pockets and purses for money - Coins only..no folding money
  • Share your money with anyone who has no coin stash
  • The Auctioneer makes the rules-Gramma designates the Auctioneer 
  • The rules may change at the whim of the auctioneer
  • The auctioneer can decide what to do with the money he takes in*if this has not been addressed beforehand.
 Everyone participated enthusiastically with minimal manipulation. [do you believe that???]

 It was  fun  and 17 and 12  yr old Grandsons  proved to be a really good [ pawns ] auctioneer...taking direction quite well.  Who would have thought the  12 yr old  grandson would have been willing to seriously compete for an Apron!

 -That gift closet is definitely not empty so after a few conferences among us in recent months IT HAS BEEN DECIDED: 
 The Second Annual Penny Auction 
will be  this year on the weekend immediately preceeding  December 25th
 at the Harrison House.

Note: No copyright or ownership of any kind here..feel free to MAKE IT YOUR OWN w Gramma's blessings!


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*  All these can be changed - This year 2013 we may add FOLDING MONEY  instead of loose change. Perhaps this would be the year to use this money raised for something we choose to do in Memory of our  Much Loved One.

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7 comments:

  1. This sounds like so much fun! What a great idea! I love "out of the box" Christmas exchanges... genius! :)

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    1. The hard part Heather is getting everyone to stick to the NO GIFTS please!! But it is FUN..afterward you feel so smart for having NOT spent too much money ...KEEPING IT REAL PEOPLE, KEEPING IT REAL!

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  2. This is so fun! I remember you challenged our class one year to make our presents instead of buying them. Probably still one of the best gifts I've ever given my mom :)

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  3. Oh, I do love this, Miss Jonell!! Awesome idea!! I'm going to try and run it past my family. :)
    Hugs!
    Theresa

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  4. I so appreciate your enthusiasm Theresa...YES!!!

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  5. I STILL love this, Jonell! Are you able to get away with again?!
    Hugs!
    Theresa

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