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Forum topic by mattm58 posted 03-05-2013 08:30 AM 2748 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2013 08:30 AM

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Every year I build something for my kids school auction. I’m looking for ideas for this year. Anybody have any good ideas of things that have sold well at this type of event?

A little background on the auction:
School auction is in October
School is a small private catholic school outside of Portland Oregon, approx. 200 students in K-8th grades
Typically 100-150 in attendance, 70/30 in parents/outside guests
I would say most attendees in upper middle class
Event has catered dinner, typically formal attire, $75/person tickets

I’ve attached pictures of the items I’ve built in the past and what they sold for to give an idea.


Outdoor bar with granite tops, has backlit back splash and wine rack (package sold for $1800)

Cedar Chaise Chairs & table (sold for $575)

Wine rack has inlaid granite tiles on top (don’t remember selling price)

Cedar Adirondack Chairs & storage table with hinged top (Sold for $500)

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 12:25 PM

how about a couple of rockers with a table that goes in between them for the porch

-- Coach Mancuso

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 01:50 PM

Beautiful work. It’s a shame those chair/table sets only went in the $500s. Those would easily go for $1000 or more in our school/charity auctions around here.

Keeping with an outdoor theme might be smart because you can build them fast and more rustic looking. However, simple, elegant stuff like a floating top, wall or sofa table with few parts can be good. Anything that uses little material, but does so in a interesting way, might be good for you.

If you are in the business of selling furniture and woodwork, charity auctions are great ideas if you market everything well.

-- jay,

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