This year's in person auction is going big!

We are in the midst of planning a Fall Festival that will have a live auction, food, games, and lots of fun!

Save the Date for Saturday October 22nd. Our theme is Back Together for Our Future, a play on the film Back to the Future. (There may even be a DeLorean to take pictures with!)

Stay tuned for more information

Some 2022 Auction Event Fun



Welcome! 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 or offer an interesting outing? Then you've come to the right place. If you have questions about the auction, you can reach us at auction@firstuucolumbus.org.

Auction Bidding Schedule

Good Stuff!
Online: October 8 to 14
Food, Fun & Frolic!
Online: October 15 to 21
Festival & Live Auction -  October 22
  • Entering Donations: OPEN NOW thru October 6! Don't wait for bidding to start!
  • Fall Festival at Church October 22 from 4:00 to 9:00 pm.
    • 4:00-6:00 outdoor activities and family activities
    • 6:00-7:30 Appetizers, Bar, Bake Sale with signature cocktails and mocktails
    • 7:30-8:00 Bid on curated Live Auction items
    • 8:00-9:00 Enjoy Live Entertainment

Catalog

Browse and bid on items & events (You can see past catalogs here too)
Calendar

See when events are scheduled
Statement

View your events' guest lists & see your purchases
Donate

Donate items & events

How to bid

  1. The first step is to login. That will make 'Place Bid' and 'Favorite' buttons show up on the catalog. Those take you to a place-bid screen, where you can enter a bid.
  2. When you want more than one of something (like a pair of seats for an event) that's when you would use the qty=2, and then the price is per-each one.
  3. If someone out-bids you, you will get an email if your profile (see top of your statement for the link to that) has your current a good email address. Also, a new feature is the hidden max bid, which will automatically raise your bid up to that limit to stay on top if someone else bids.
  4. Fixed Price items: If you bid on a fixed price item, it is more like a sign-up because you will win the item immediately. Important!That means fixed price bids will show-up on your statement, and NOT on the catalog where you might be used to seeing the current winning bidders of competitive bid items (where they might be out-bid at any time). So, look on your Statement to see your fixed price sales.
  5. Email us if you accidentally bid more than once on fixed price items for this reason - It's easy to fix and you won't be the first one to do that!
If someone out-bids you, you will get an email if your profile (see top of your statement for the link to that) has a good email address. Also, a new feature is the hidden max bid, which will automatically raise your bid up to that limit to stay on top if someone else bids.

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

How to Make a Donation

If you aren’t sure what to offer, browse the online catalog to see what others have offered. You can view prior years there too.

Entering New Donations

  1. Pick the most appropriate category for your donation.
    • Good Stuff = crafts, gently used art, jewelry, housewares, and clothing.
    • Food, Fun & Frolic = dinners, specialty foods, excursions, and vacation rentals.
  2. Craft a catchy title with important words capitalized and numbers spelled out.
  3. Write engaging descriptions with dimensions, colors, materials, etc.
  4. All descriptions should end with a period or exclamation point, even if the description is not a sentence.
  5. Indicate if the donation is a “green” event or item.
  6. Please put in an estimated value; see “What is a Minimum Bid?” under Frequently Asked Questions below.
  7. Physical items should have minimum bids of at least $15. Services should have minimum bids of at least $10.
  8. Make sure to check the box (Is this a physical object?) if your item is a “thing.” 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 or meet at church.
  9. Putting in a picture of your item is very, very important. Your auction team can help you with this.
  10. If you are hosting an event with more than 4 guests, you should pick a date and time.
  11. Select “Save.”

Entering Repeat Donations

To repeat donations from prior years, you can use the "Offer Again" link next to those items on your prior year's statement. Starting from this year's statement, click the "2021" inside the "Other Years" box to see your last year's statement. (You can go all the way back to 2006)

Even though we still may have some limitations due to Covid-19, as resilient UUs we have what it takes to make this year’s Auction a success. 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 through the coming months. We hope to hear from you soon! Our church needs your creativity and generosity for a successful event!

Also see Frequently Asked Questions.

What if I want to make a financial donation?

Some general suggestions for offerings might be:

  • Homemade desserts, soups, breads and meals.
  • Gently used small items (i.e. lamps, small kitchen appliances, sports equipment, etc.).
  • Handcrafts or works of art made by members of our community.
  • Lessons and classes that can be offered in person or online. The Auction team can help you plan a successful event.
  • Meals or gatherings of all stripes.
  • Outdoor excursions and events.
  • Online or in-person social events – musical performances, games, share a topic of interest, book discussion, etc.
  • Offer the use of your vacation home, camper, or a boat ride
  • For Eco-friendly suggestions see this list.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a fair minimum bid? - Based upon previous years, here are some basic pricing guidelines for popular auction items:
  • Physical items – minimum bid, $15
  • Hikes with snacks – minimum bid, $15 - $20
  • Lunches/Brunches – minimum bid, $15 - $40
  • Dinners - Informal – minimum bid, $15 - $35
  • Dinners – Formal/multi courses/unique - minimum bid, $25 - $75
  • Fixed price items – minimum bid, $10 - $15
  • Services – minimum bid, $10
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.

Can I buy an item early? - YES! Some items have a "Buy it Now" price. If you place a bid for that value (or more!) you will immediately win the item!

Why is a specific date required? - If you are offering a one-on-one item (genealogy, counseling, or handymen services) you can figure out the date with that one person. However if you are offering a dinner for eight, it is hard 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.

What is Proxy Bidding? - If you can't be at the live auction you can ask someone to be your 'Proxy'. That means they will register at the check-in table for you and be in charge of 'your' bidding paddle, as well as their own. You can instruct them how high to bid on what. If they win something for you, they will make sure your paddle and name are recorded.

Still not sure what to offer? - Browse past catalogs using the "By Year" links at the bottom left of the main catalog. 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.