First UU Auction Saturday, February 1-20, 2021


Through the Looking Glass

"It's a topsy turvy world"



Welcome! With the auction only 7 days away, now is the time to think about what you can donate.

Our auction is an important fundraising event for the church and a great way to bring people together. Do you have a special talent, skill, or a unique service to offer? Can you host a dinner? Then you've come to the right place. If you have questions about the auction, you can reach us at auction@firstuucolumbus.org.

Auction How To’s: How to Log in and Donate. Watch the video here.

    Entering New Donations

  1. Please put in an estimated value
  2. Capitalize all important words in the title (but not “and,” “the” or “by” for example).
  3. Spell out numbers in titles (i.e Three Gold Rings, not 3 Gold Rings).
  4. Pick the most appropriate category for your event or item.
  5. Physical items should have minimum bids of at least $10. Services have no minimum opening bid.
  6. Make sure to check the box (Is this a physical object?) if your item is a “thing.”
  7. If so, please indicate if you want the winning bidder to pick it up at your home OR if you will deliver it to them.
  8. All descriptions should end with a period or exclamation point, even if the description is not a sentence.
  9. If you are hosting an event with more than 4 guests, you should pick a date and time.
  10. Putting in a picture of your item is very, very helpful.
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S14 Jan & Frank Phillips
Side of Love Face Mask
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Side of Love face mask, with adjustable ear elastics, complete with a rally packet that includes a Black Lives Matter wrist band and button. What a great way to identify yourself as a UU when attending events! I have listed that 25 will be available, but if all of these are sold I am willing to make more. We can deliver to your home or meet at church, or items can be picked up from our porch...whatever works better for you!
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Planning Events in a Pandemic - Be Flexible!

  • Most events through June 2021 may have to be virtual or outdoors, masked, and socially distanced. Please follow the recommendations on Ohio's COVID-19 website.
  • If you had to postpone a 2020 in-person event, please email us to reschedule for mid-summer or later. Likewise, Auction 2021 in-person events may be scheduled for the last six months of the year in accordance with state and federal COVID-19 guidelines.

Catalog

Browse items & events (You can see past catalogs here too)
Donate

Donate items & events
Calendar

See when events are scheduled
Statement

View your events' guest lists & see your purchases

Advance online bidding starts February 1

To enable advanced bidding, email auction@firstuucolumbus.org to register your phone number so you can log in and bid. If you bid online last year, you can skip that step.

You need to login first and then you will see "Place Bid" buttons next to each item in the catalog.

When you find an item you want, click the "Place Bid" link. Fixed price bids go straight to your statement as a sale.

You will get an email if you are outbid later.

Remember that bidding on Food starts February 1 and ends on February 6, Good Stuff bidding starts on February 7 and ends on February 13 and Community and Camaraderie begins on February 14 and ends on February 20.

See the "My Bids" link on the Catalog Grid page for a summary of items you have bid on. See your statement for your fixed price items.

Even though we have some limitations due to Covid-19, as resilient UUs we have what it takes to make this year’s Auction a success.

Changes to this year’s auction include:

  • No live auction. Zoom is great, but it has limitations. Because we won’t be meeting in person, we’ll rely on a robust silent auction this year, with different items featured over the first 3 weeks of February. We will especially need your creativity and generosity for a successful event.
  • Larger events may be offered in 2021 if and when it becomes safe to have indoor gatherings. Stay tuned for that.

What might auction offerings look like in a time of social distancing?

  • Homemade desserts, soups and meals
  • Handcrafted items
  • Works of art made by our community
  • Lessons & classes that can be offered online. The Auction team can help you plan a successful event.
  • Small outdoor gatherings where attendees can be safely spaced apart.
  • Outdoor excursions with a limited number of attendees.
  • Virtual (online) social events – musical performances, games, share a topic of interest, book discussion, etc.
  • Offer the use of your vacation home

With your help, this year’s Auction will raise the funds needed to support the good work of the First UU Church and continue to build a beloved community that will sustain us throughout the coming months. We hope to hear from you soon!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a fair minimum bid? - Based upon previous years, here are some basic pricing guidelines for popular auction items.
• Hikes with snacks – minimum bid, $15 - $20
• Lunches/Brunches – minimum bid, $25 - $40
• Dinners - Informal – minimum bid, $25 - $35
• Dinners – Formal/multi courses/unique - minimum bid, $40 - $75

Things to take into account with setting value and minimum price:

Traveling distance – Are you meeting locally and then carpooling or are people having to travel on their own a fairly long distance? Offering to drive people or arrange to carpool will make people want to bid higher.

Uniqueness of the event – When offering an event, whether it is a brunch, hike, dinner, game night, etc., think about what works for you. A pizza and game night is great fun and a wonderful way to get conversations going but will bring in a lower bidding price, which is fine! An event based upon your travels to an exotic locale where you are sharing your unique experiences and special recipes will bring a higher bidding price because of its uniqueness. However, don’t be unique just to be unique; hosts need to enjoy their own event and be comfortable with what they are serving/offering.

The number of places offered – Offer the number of places that makes sense for you; however, items with only a few spots will generally have a higher value and minimum bid than items with lots of spots.

Value – We have a tendency to undervalue our offerings. This is a fundraiser and your generous donation is the backbone of this event. You are offering a service or event that includes your time and resources. Make sure your generosity is appreciated by setting an appropriate value. The auction team goes through values and minimum bids and will help you set prices.

Services – Services need to be valued by the time and resources being offered. Remember, your time is valuable and this should be reflected in the price.

Why is a specific date required? - If you are offering a one-on-one item (genealogy, counseling, and handymen services) you can figure out the date with that one person. However if you are offering a dinner for eight, it is akin to herding cats trying to find a date that works for all. By specifying the date in advance, people can check their calendar and know that they are available.

Still not sure what to offer? - Go through the past catalogs that are on-line. See what has been offered in the past. Talk to the auction team or to the host of an event you have attended. Bat around ideas and see what you come up with.