We have done all of these in the past. The one that was the most fun was bringing heirlooms that people were willing to part with. My sister brought my mom’s recipe box with her recipe cards in it. My daughter was highest bidder and copied off the favorite recipes for anyone who didn’t have them already. She treasures that box, but my sister was having to downsize things in her house and needed it to go to someone who would cherish it.
Everyone brings something–anything–to sell. People write notes with a bid and name on them. The bids are visible so you know if you need to up your bid. The judge figures them all up and top bidder gets the it. These can be hand me down toys, dishes you don’t need, anything a garage sale might have.
Family Heirloom Sale
This Fund Raiser for Family Reunion Account requires that people bring something from their own cache of family objects to sell with a price already marked on them. While one might have several of Grandma’s Hankies and be willing to sell some to others. It might be a recipe of Grandma’s that you can color copy to get all the stains and handwriting on the recipe. Any extra doilies, or tools, or thread or thimbles. This might be a good time to get Aunt Bess who has all the family pictures to have the family albums copied and make money for the family fund.
People bring something they have made, sewn, baked, crafted, carved, stirred, built, or painted to auction off at the Family Reunion. Silent or with an Auctioneer.