Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Auction is in 2 1/2 Weeks? Oh, Snap.

Yes, the auction - a fund-raiser for the Montessori School that Ben attends - is in 2 1/2 weeks. People (including us) just got their invitations last Friday. After reading mine, I noticed that the directions to the event were printed on the back of the R.S.V.P. card and, while the "Free Babysitting" was advertised, the location of the babysitters (at the school, not the event) was not.

Yesterday, at the parent-teacher conference, the school director pointed out a typo - the R.S.V.P. phone number is incorrect. And this morning I noticed that there is no mention of the $10.00 per person/plate fee.

Oh snap, indeed.

But more donations are coming in! Some of the businesses I left letters with have either called in their donations, or sent them directly to the school. And my very own Mama has donated an antique cut-a-rug rocker, and this!

As you can see, I have a lot more polishing to do. There's an auction meeting today, maybe I'll take the set and see if anyone else will take a piece home to polish...

One of my responsibilities is the early elementary classes' project. I was truly at a loss as to what to do, but after looking at what Meg and Jen just put together for their kids' school auction, I was inspired to have the kids help as much as possible. Meg was a real help, allowing me to download some of her photos to show the other moms, and what we came up with is this:

The auction coordinator bought a little wooden chest that I'm having the kids help me decorate. I had them put their hand-prints on the chest, and then I transferred their "signatures" next to their hand-print. I then asked them to draw a small (approx. 5"x7") picture that I'll transfer onto the chest near their hand-print and name. Hopefully, each parent will find their child's contribution charming enough to start a bidding war! Just kidding. Sort of.


NotSoSage said...

Oh, the memories of sitting around, polishing my grandmother's silver. I might have to have a drink!

Hey, there's an idea for you...


alejna said...

Oh, I love that old tea service. How generous of your mother to donate it. And you do have some work left to do. (Though I, for one, love the look of tarnished silver...)

That chest idea is very cute. I love the hand prints.

Too bad about all the invite errors. I hope things go smoothly in spite of them.

Jennifer said...

Oh, what fun! We've had auctions at our kids' school and they bring in so much money that it's a bit crazy. (And great for the school!) Good luck with your project -- it sounds like it will be darling.

Misty said...

Nu uh. Bidding wars are no joke. Where I work, for our silent auction, we TRY to start them. Get more money that way.

Sounds like you are having a great time!

theflyingmum said...

Drink? Maybe a hot toddy, as the mucus seems to have migrated from my chest to my sinuses.

The tea service is silver plate, and my mom picked it up for $45.00 (?!) The tray alone is woth more than that. And I wished everyone felt the same about tarnished silver.

Yes! Bring on the craziness - and lots of money for the school!

Yep - I am savvy to the benefits of the bidding war...

Kathryn said...

What a great idea. And the tea set is amazing. Wow!