Going Once, Going Twice

Puddletown Hall 2015I need to come up with an auction item for my kids’ school fundraiser in the next 6 days. It should be something handmade or local/edible. I could do a gift certificate for something, but I don’t like bidding for things that have a price tag literally on them.

Some ideas I’ve been considering:

  • Coffee basket
  • Fairy house (we did this last year)
  • Framed watercolor (I’m not a great artist; this would need to be a coloring book sheet from one of my grown-up coloring books. That said, I’ve framed some for our kids rooms.)
  • Bottle of wine (lots of people already do this)
  • Embroidered flour sack towels

There’s so much potential for weirdness with handmade donations to things like your kids’ school. What if your aesthetic doesn’t match that of the other parents? What if your thing doesn’t sell? What if everyone else donates expensive stuff and you give homemade granola (I did this in 2013. I make good granola, but I still think of that year as a bit of a failure)?

Do you buy stuff at silent auctions? What are you excited to get? What do you hate having to bid on out of pity/guilt?

Most importantly, do you have a suggestion for something I should donate? 🙂



  1. Chris Lema says:

    What about a wine tasting event (wine & cheese, etc) for 4 friends?


    1. Andrea Middleton says:

      You know, I considered that and set it aside. Adding it to the list again. 😉


  2. lstjess says:

    Maybe offer a date? You could keep their kids while they go out. If there’s a cool local dessert or coffee place you could add a gift card to there along with a specified amount of time that you’ll watch their kid/kids.


  3. marybaum says:

    Blogs N Brownies: Two afternoons where three women meet for brownies and you teach WP 101?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Andrea Middleton says:

      Mary, I might need a few refreshers before I teach anything more than a total beginners workshop. 🙂 But that’s another good idea!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. marybaum says:


        I think we forget that most of the world is absolute beginners. I am sitting here adding posts to a site whose owner and I were talking one day, casually, and I said something about a WordPress conference.

        (I knew he would have no idea what a WordCamp is.)

        He asked, “What’s WordPress?”

        Dahlin, not only does his site run on WP – Reveries – but his father’s site runs on a custom child theme of Genesis.

        Besides – I think you’d know if there were any devs in the carpool line. 😉

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