Thursday, April 23, 2009

Nickel Auction - MNO

Every month my moms group gets together and does a Moms Night Out (MNO). I haven't been able to make one of these yet, timing issues and everything. But this month's activity sounded fun and Randy was home and able to take care of Addison. This month the activity was a nickel auction. Don't worry, I hadn't heard of this before either.  

Those attending can bring whatever they want to try to sell (items you are going to give to goodwill, grocery items you really aren't going to consume, bottles of lotions or bath essentials, partially used scrapbooking supplies, clothing, books, home décor, etc.) 
Since all good gatherings require good food, everyone brings a potluck dish to share. 
As you arrive, you sign up for a selling slot. 
Participants sell in the order they arrive. Each seller has a 10 minutes time limit. All bids start at five cents and bids need to be dividable by 5 (no 38 cent bids, here!). You can jump the bidding, but the amount must be dividable by five. The bidding can go as high as the bidders are willing to go, no limits. 
*Some auctions opt to allow the seller to set a starting bid. 
For timing purposes, no commentary about the item being sold is allowed (Example: "I bought this three years ago, my daughter loves it," etc.) 
Once the item is bid out, toss the item to the winning bidder and someone (working as scribe) writes down the name of the person and the price they committed to. 
Then the next item starts, same process! 
When that seller is all done, the scribe shouts out the totals for all the winning bidders, they put their money in a bucket of sorts that gets passed around the room (like a collection plate) and it all goes to that seller. 
Then next seller starts.

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Here is a partial group shot from after the auction! Look at the chaos we created in Carrie's living room! We had such a good time, we are planning on doing it again next month!

Carrie (our fearless leader) taking charge and explaining the rules.

Sorry for those of you whose photos I didn't post. I am trying to 'condense' my posts.


Deon said...

This is such a great idea, because it motivates people to clean out their clutter, someone else might end up with a treasure from the bottom of your drawer, and it is pretty darn much close to shopping minus having to drive to the mall. Now you're speaking my language!

sherman and juliette said...

how fun! I love girls nights out, moms always need to find that time to go!

Nick and Jen said...

That sounds pretty fun! A great girls night out!

Holly said...

Thank you so much for inviting me to go with you. I had so much fun. I can't wait for the next auction. Next time though, remind me to leave my double chin and beady red eyes at home please. Thank for the motivation I needed to get back to the gym. That is a horrific pic. Wow!!!!

Beth said...

Looks like you all had a ton of fun! How much did you pay for your treasures?

Brian and chelsea said...

hey, this post looks familiar...
thankyou for letting me steal your pics!
You should host one of these at your place - you totally have enough room.