Last fall, I was privileged to help Greenhouse Ministries with their Denim and Diamonds auction. It was a fun theme and being held at a local historic mill was the perfect setting. The Readyville Mill, formerly a working flour mill, is now a restaurant and a great location for any event.
Inside is furnished with a collection of old tables and chairs as well as items from the mills working days. My task for the event was to display the items up for auction.
Using long tables at the back of the room, I covered them with blue and white gingham tablecloths. Greenhouse already owned several round blue and white tablecloths so that's what we used and I think they worked just fine.
The auction format was a little different than a live or silent bid auction. Here, guests purchased numbered tickets and then used the ticket to place a bid (or chance) for an item. The more tickets you placed in the jar, the better your chance to win the item.
I used mason jars to hold the tickets and made a tag with the auction item's number on it so guests would know which jar went to each item. The tag was a simple wood slice with chalkboard paint and tied on with twine and strips of old jeans. You can find my easy tutorial for the tags here.
A lot of the donated auction items were gift certificates and gift cards. I used cowboy boots as display stands for each. Tucking a bandanna in the top of each boot completed the display.
Those were all my own, personal cowboy boots. I may or may not have a boot addiction.
Here are a few of the larger donated items that were won during a live auction at the end of the evening.
I have to state here that the corn hole game was made and donated by my 14 year old daughter, Allie. I'm pretty durn proud of her DIY skills!
Allie was with me that night and it was so much fun to watch the bids go higher and higher for the corn hole set. It sold for $200!
I hope you found something that has inspired you and given you some ideas for your next event.
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