We had a church event tonight - an auction to benefit our youth organization. Surprise, surprise, Hollywood got a little out of hand. Nobody was bidding on ANYTHING so I just started looking at resale value and getting the good deal. In the end I won:
* A recumbent bike for $1 (resale at LEAST $100, probably more like $250 on craigslist. Nobody was paying attention to the auctioneer and he was about to put it aside for a better moment when I slipped in with a quick $1 bid to end it.);
* Like new Williams Sonoma Bread Maker for $25 (recently purchased for $200 and resale for at least $75 on craigslist);
* Salon quality hair cut for $20;
* Two nights of babysitting totaling $40 (not really a deal, but money I would have spent anyway);
* Set of five DVDs for $6 total (resale on half.com for over $20);
* A cool custom made t-shirt for $5.50 (This is for me. I just liked it);
* Custom drawn portrait of Pixie by my favorite local artist, for $27;
* Set of 10 homemade cards for $14; and
* Two heaping plates of homemade oreos for $8.01. I got into a hot bidding war with a 12 year old boy that I instantly regretted when he refused to raise me a cent and I won. I then offered them to him anyway but he said he didn't want them. I'm a dog.
Is it ethical to make money off a church charity event? Was it my responsibility to tell everyone about craigslist? I've already listed the bike, DVDs and bread machine and am anxiously awaiting the response from the L.A. community. If I was a good person I would donate any proceeds back to my church - if I was a good person.
It was surprising how dead the auction was. A lot of the silent auction items didn't even get a single bid. Honestly - who wouldn't shell out $1 for two women to come and clean their house for two hours? Or 50 cents for a plate of rice crispie treats? I don't get it. Why didn't people bid? Do Mormons have some misguided guilt about auctions being a form of gambling? Do all auctions need to be accompanied by liquor instead of the Shasta we were imbibing? Did I miss some vital disclaimer about anyone who bids being a Triple Loser?
I guess I shouldn't be complaining since I got such good deals but I was disappointed by the lackluster crowd. had to shush me when I started egging on the crowd to outbid me since their silence was money in our pockets. In the end I spent $146.51 on auction items. On the DVDs, bread machine and bike alone I'm pretty sure I'll make at least $200. Charity is way underrated!
All together now, Toot Toot!