Sophia wanted to have a lemonade stand. I said "No. There isn't much traffic around our house."
Noah wanted to have a birthday party. (He turned seven in July) "No, not this year."
Naomi wanted to have a picnic.
Hey! I know! Let's have a PENNY AUCTION!
We brought my rocking chair home from the farm and put the sofa out in front of the vegetable garden. What a comfortable seating area.
With the dining room table brought outside next to the picnic table, there was plenty of room to put the food and drinks. Mr. Santos provided hot dogs, fruit and lemonade for everyone. Others brought chips, dessert and veggies.
Here's the group participating in the auction. The items for bid are on the white blanket.
The bidding started at 5 cents. The children raised their paddle and bid up by the penny. (for instance, 7, 48, 300) It was great fun to hear them bid 650, 725, etc.
We had everything from cake decorating classes to Christian magazines to small bags of balls and cars. (all donated by the guests) The big ticket items were the homemade brownies. It's amazing what a growing boy will bid for a plate of brownies all to himself ~ and there were quite a few growing boys there to compete with.
Here's one of our sweet friends receiving the doll house she bid on, AND one of our funny auctioneers.
There's my Noah (in the hat raising his paddle high) desperately hoping he will win the bid for an airplane.
Yep, he won...500 pennies for that toy there...almost his entire savings. The hat he received from another mother who outbid him for it. Wasn't that kind of her?
The proud new owner of "Biscuit." Sophia is trying to get the little hen to trust her enough to ride in the basket on her bike.
Happy Community Foundation $275.00.
Me ~ before the penny auction.
Me ~ the next day ~ after the penny auction.
We had a peaceful rest in our temporary outdoor living room ~ reading books, swinging in the hammock and feeling the sun on our face. (can you see Noah on the hammock? He even sleeps with his new hat) Summertime fun! What are you doing for fun this summer?