Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Service Auction Ideas

I realize that I promised this post 2 months ago, but here it finally is.
Last November for our midweek Relief Society activity, we organized a Service Auction.
It was quite a bit of work, but it was really fun and I thought it turned out great!

We started about a month before the auction, telling people about it and encouraging them to come up with ideas for services that they could auction. 

Here is our list of ideas:

Service Donation Ideas for Service Auction:


lessons in knitting or crochet
Flower arranging
Baby blankets
Computer lessons
Quilting lessons
Dance lessons
Yard care services
Dinner
Piano Tuning
Scrapbook kits or premade pages
1 hour of cleaning
Snow shoveling
Massage
Cinnamon rolls
Cleaning the house
6 free foils from a hair dresser
Lessons on how to dye your own hair from a hair dresser
A ride to the airport
Babysitting
Yard Work
Car Wash or Detail
Sew a Halloween Costume
Digital Invite, Announcement, or card
Ethnic Dinner
Bathroom Cleaning
Carpet Cleaning
FHE Kit (lesson, treat, etc.)
FHE treats for a month
Birthday Cake
Homemade Jewelry
Sewing lesson
Voice lesson
Piano lesson
Christmas present wrapping
Set of homemade candles
Vinyl family name board
Professional family photo
Handmade scripture case
Hair cut & style
rock climbing lessons
4hrs yard work
already made crochet or knitted baby items
pre-made handcrafted cards or scrapbook pages
2hrs genealogy work
"Clean out your fridge" service
silk plant cleaning!
baseboard cleaning
substituting in their primary class
homemade ice cream
Blog design

Here are the Services we had up for auction:
Services Up for Auction
Sew on scout patches for a year
Authentic Mexican Dinner
2 dozen freshly baked dinner rolls-made to order
A sink of dishes
One free night of babysitting
Hem 5 pants or skirts
Sewing Lesson
Deep clean ALL of the bathrooms in your house
10 scout badges
1 hour sewing lesson
Computer/genealogy lesson
3 course dinner
Piano lesson
Made-to-order Ice Cream Cake
Haircut
Sew Christmas PJs (winner will provide fabric and pattern)
1 Hour Aerobic Kickboxing Class
Made-to-order Pie
Blog Lesson

We also told the sisters that they could bring items like crafts or treats to auction off.
 
Each Sunday, we passed around a sign-up sheet, so we kind of had an idea of how many things and services there would be to auction off.
 
The next thing we did to prepare was make invitations.  We decided that we would make little auction paddles for the invitations and have them bring their paddles that night for bidding at the auction.
 
We used this for the invitation.  {Here's a fun tidbit about me:  {said in a sarcastic tone} I love doing things the hard way.  If there is a simple way to accomplish something, I am not interested.}  First I printed them on brown cardstock, then we cut each invitation on my friend's crickut.  It took several hours.  We used a 4" scalloped circle {I think...I can check if anyone really needs to know...}, then we used old book pages and cut 4" circles {by hand...who knew nobody sold a 4" circle punch?!} and then stamped numbers {1-160} on them with acrylic paints.  To assemble them, we used a gluegun to affix them together and add the stick.  In retrospect, I would try to make them a touch smaller and punch them with a hand punch or find someone who had a silhouette and knew how to use it...I don't have a silhouette, so I'm not sure, but I think they print and cut don't they?
 
They turned out cute though, and were fun to have for bidding at the auction.
 
On the night of the auction, we had a table at the door where each sister signed in.  They wrote their name, paddle number, and phone number on the sheet.  Here is the printable.  We also had a few extra paddles on hand in case someone didn't get one or forgot theirs.
 

Here are a few of the items that were donated:

We served dinner at our Service Auction. 
Notice the Questionairres under each plate.
I found the questions for our questionairre by googling "service auction" and compiling a list.  There ended up being A LOT of questions, and if we do this again, I would whittle this list down for sure.

Service Auction Questionnaire
5 pts for every year your have been married
5 pts if you have ever been outside of the country
5 pts if you've participated in the ward choir in the last 3 months
5 pts if you speak a second language (sign-language included)
5 pts for every child or grandchild you have
5 pts if you have taken a meal to someone in need in the past 6 months
5 pts if you have read the lesson prior to Sunday for the past month
5 pts if you have tried a new recipe in the past month
5 pts if you have balanced your checkbook in the past month
5 pts If you have sewn a new item of clothing in the past month
5 pts If you have read a church book in the past month
5 pts If you have planned a weekly menu and followed it for 3 months
5 pts If you have had a new member of the ward to your home for dinner in the past year
5 pts If you have organized your recipe file in the past year
5 pts If you have exercised regularly for the past month (at least 3x a week)
5 pts If you have had your daily personal prayers for the past 3 months
5 pts If you have read a book to your children or grandchildren in the past 6 months
5 pts If you have been 10 minutes early to Sacrament Meeting for the past month
5 pts If you have learned a new skill in the past month
5 pts If you have attended the temple in the past month
5 pts If you have cleaned a closet in the past month
5 pts If you have written a letter to a missionary in the past 3 months
5 pts If you have a monthly budget and followed for the past 3 months
5 pts If you have given a talk in sacrament meeting in the past year
5 pts If you have cleaned something that you would have rather not in the past week
5 pts If you fasted on the last fast Sunday
5 pts If you have taken your children or grandchildren on a special activity,(park,zoo etc.) in the past month
5 pts If you have introduced yourself to a new member or move-in within the past month
5 pts If you have discussed your youth with your children in the past month
5 pts If you can recite an article of faith from memory
5 pts If you know how to change a tire
5 pts If you have ever checked the oil in your car
5 pts If you know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver
5 pts If you have read the Ensign for the past 3 months
5 pts If you have organized your storage area in the past year
5 pts If you voted in the last election
5 pts If you went to bed on time last night
5 pts If you have vacuumed your car in the past month
5 pts If you fixed dinner for your family before you came tonight
5 pts for every item you have donated tonight (including canned goods)
5 pts If you have been to the Dentist in the past 6 months
5 pts If you have been to a wedding reception in the past 3 months
5 pts If you attended or helped with girls camp this year
5 pts If you attended or helped with scout camp this year
5 pts If you kept your TV off all day today
5 pts If you gave someone a sincere compliment in the past week
5 pts If you have begun your Christmas Shopping
5 pts If you have done something you are proud of in the past month
5 pts If you keep your house doors locked even when you are home
5 pts If you have a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen
5 pts If you have been on a date with your best friend in the past 2 weeks
5 pts If you read the ward newsletter this month
5 pts If you have made a comment in church class in the past month
5 pts If you have laughed today
5 pts If you have been laughed AT today
5 pts If you have accepted someone’s help this past week
5 pts If you have obeyed the speed limit all day
5 pts If you wear your seat belt
5 pts If you have baby-sat for someone in the past month
5 pts If you showered before noon today
5 pts If you have mended a garment in the past month
5 pts If you have sung a church song in your home in the past month

______Total for this page

10 pts If you are being TRUTHFUL about your answers
10 pts If you have done a good deed anonymously in the past 6 months
10 pts if you had FHE this week
10 pts if you have ever owned an 8-track tape player
10 pts if you play a musical instrument
10 pts if you have ever been nursery leader
10 pts if you have ever been a seminary teacher
10 pts if you have borne your testimony in the last 3 months
10 pts if you served a mission
10 pts if you said "I Love You" to someone today
10 pts If you have a 72 hour kit
10 pts If you are a full tithe payer
10 pts If you have invited a non-member friend to church in the past 3 months
10 pts If you have planted a garden in the past year
10 pts If you have read the Book of Mormon entirely in the past year
10 pts If you done your Visiting Teaching for the past 3 months
10 pts If you have broken a bad habit in the past year
10 pts If you have made or updated your will the past year
10 pts If you have donated items to charity in the past 6 months
10 pts If you have submitted family names to the Temple in the past 6 months
10 pts If you have done a service project with your family in the past 6 months
10 pts If your journal is current
10 pts If you have worked on your family history in the past 6 months
15 pts if you studied your scriptures today
15 pts for every child or grandchild you have that is serving a mission
15 pts if you've had the missionaries teach a friend in your home in the past 12 months
15 pts if you have attended every Relief Society Midweek Activity for the past 12 months
15 pts If you have placed a Book Of Mormon with a friend in the past 6 months
15 pts If you have begun or added to your food storage in the past 3 months
15 pts If you have already done your Visiting Teaching in November
50 pts for being here tonight
______Grand Total
Item(s) won:


After the questionairre was filled out, {we had ours fill them out during dinner} the auction began!

Some things went really fast and had several bidding wars, and others were a little slower, but everything went!

The winner of each item auction was awarded this coupon, so they knew who to contact to redeem the services won.

We also tried to keep track of who won which items and services with this sheet.

Our Service Auction was a great way to share our talents with each other and give of ourselves to others.

If you have any questions or comments or would like the non-pdf form of the invitation e-mailed to you so that you can plug in your own info, just let me know.

P.S. For those of you who were wondering, I used the font "Harting" for each of my downloadable links.
 

31 comments:

Kirsten said...

Do it again!

Tonii said...

wow! What an amazing activity! thank you so much for sharing all of your incredibly hard work. I just found your blog on Sugardoodle and am your newest follower! :)
www.ptskjohnson.blogspot.com

Jenifer said...

Love this idea. Thanks for sharing it.
usmcconrads@blogspot.com

Scrappy Gifts said...

I participated in this in my ward several years ago. I loved it! Thanks so much sharing all the info so one day I can tell my RS to do one =)

Rach said...

Love this idea, thanks for sharing!!!

Shannon said...

I am in charge of the Scouts silent auction this year and you just made life SO much easier! TY, can you tell me what the name of the font that you used is so I can have everything matching PLEASE!!!!

jessica curtis said...

I would LOVE a copy of the invite so that I can input our ward's info....can you email it to me?
jessicacurtis@msn.com

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Thank You for posting this!! It really helped me organize my ideas for our service auction on sept 27, 2012. I was stressing so I searched pintrest and I found your blog!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! =)

Randi said...

I would love to have a copy of your invitation so that I can put in my ward information. I am so glad I found your blog. The ideas and information you have provided are awesome. My email is srpeterson@bigdoghsi.com

Sonia Epps said...

Hi! Love it! Can you send me a copy of your invite to sleepybear1975@yahoo.com? Thanks so much!!

Sonia Epps said...

Hi! Love it! Can you send me a copy of your invite to sleepybear1975@yahoo.com? Thanks so much!!

Jessica Walker said...

Hi! I would also love a copy of the invite so I can put in my ward information. Please email it to me at jessrwalker@gmail.com

Jessica Walker said...

Hi! I would also love a copy of the invite so I can put in my ward information. Please email it to me at jessrwalker@gmail.com

elesa said...

This is exactly what I have been looking for. We're doing a service auction next month and I didn't even know where to start. Anything you would be willing to send to me in non PDF form would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!

elesahag@gmail.com

Heather said...

Thank you so much for all the awesome ideas & links! This is helping me so much prepare for our ward dinner & service auction for our girls camp fundraiser. Thank you so much!

J & M Squared said...

Hi! I wanted to know what you used for money? Did you have service bucks or coupons? I am trying to decide what would be easiest both to create and to use for the auction. Thank you so much for your hard work and thoroughness. YOU are awesome!

J & M Squared said...

Hi! I wanted to know what you used for money? Did you have service bucks or coupons? I am trying to decide what would be easiest both to create and to use for the auction. Thank you so much for your hard work and thoroughness. YOU are awesome!

Mommo said...

I love you! We are doing a service auction next month and this is so perfect for us. If you don't mind emailing the other version I would really appreciate it. Momfloyd4@gmail.com

Stacie said...

Thank you for this post! You just relieved so much stress! Could I please have a copy of the invite and questionnaire? I'd love to use them for my ward! staciesanders@gmail.com

Thanks. Stacie

Stacie said...

Thank you for this post! You just relieved so much stress! Could I please have a copy of the invite and questionnaire? I'd love to use them for my ward! staciesanders@gmail.com

Thanks. Stacie

Ash said...

I have to tell you this is the second time in three days that I have come to your site from Google and used your fabulous ideas. Thanks for this post, we are doing a Service Auction for our RS Activity next month. And thanks for your "Conference Preserves", my VT loved them!

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rtat and kids said...

Thank you so much for posting this and all your hard work. We are doing this next month and you have relieved alot of my stress. Thankyou Thankyou!!!!!

rtat and kids said...

Thank you so much for posting this and all your hard work. We are doing this next month and you have relieved alot of my stress. Thankyou Thankyou!!!!!

Carl and Kate said...

Is it too late to ask for a copy of your invitation? ckrupp2004@aol.com
You have my life SO MUCH EASIER!!! Thank you!

Stephanie said...

Our ward will be doing one next month and I just love your ideas! Would you email me the non-pdf of the invitation? Thank you!!

mcdaniel98@bresnan.net

Dan said...

Love it! I would love your non-PDF versions.

alisondallon@gmail.com

Emily said...
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Emily said...

Please send me a copy of the non-PDF versions as well! Thanks!
emilybeers@gmail.com

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