Quartermania is almost upon us! November 18th to be exact. St. John-Hudson Trap Shooting Team is holding a quarter action to fundraise for the team. The event will be held at the St. John High School Cafeteria with doors opening at 6:30. Grab a paddle for the auction and watch the mayem begin. Items to be auctioned will include scentsy, paper pie books, fancy filly boutique, paparazzi jewelry, pampered chef, purses, baked goods and more.

What is a Quarter Auction?

A quarter auction is part raffle, part auction, part fundraiser and also a direct sales party. It works a bit like bingo. When you arrive, you will be given a numbered paddle(s) for a donation. This paddle(s) will have a corresponding numbered poker chip which will be put into the drawing basket. A few ALL in paddles will also be available.

A few minutes before the auction begins, you’ll be able to purchase any remaining paddles for a donation, if you wish. There will be multiple items up for “auction” – some from vendors and some from sponsors/donors. All items will be on display for about an hour after the doors open so you can look around and decide which items you’re interested in. You can also shop the booths for additional items as well – a perfect time to get some Christmas shopping done!

Once the auction begins, the announcer or one of the helpers will hold up the item that’s up for bid and will announce whether the item is a “one quarter,”  “two quarter,” bid or “three quarter bid”. If you’re interested in bidding, you’ll put the specified number of quarters (1,2,or 3) for EACH paddle you intend to bid with. For example, if you have two paddles and want to bid with both to double your chances, and the item is a “one quarter” bid, you’ll put .50 in the bucket and raise your paddle(s). If you have two paddles and decide to only bid with one, you only pay .25 BUT you MUST choose only one numbered paddle to bid with. You will hold up your paddle(s) that you chose to bid with. A worker will be walking from table to table with a bucket to collect bids. 

The announcer will then draw a number to find a winner. If they draw your number and you bid on the item, hooray! You just won an awesome item at a great price! If they draw your number and you did NOT bid, just call out “no bid!” and they’ll continue to draw numbers until they find a winner.

 Be sure to bring quarters, but if you forget or run out, there will be rolls of quarters available for purchase at the event. If it all sounds complicated, relax. Everything will be explained again once you get to the auction, and you’ll catch on in no time and you’ll love it! 

Vendors will also be open after the auction.