A QuarterMania is a cross between an
auction and a raffle where people ‘bid’ to win a product/prize of
brand new goods donated from local businesses and various home
business vendors participating in the event.
Bids on these new items are from 1 to 4 quarters. There are
usually about 60 items to auction during a party.
When you come to a QM, you will register and pick out a paddle (or
several) with a number on each that is used for your individual
bidding on the items you want to try to win.
At some QM’s, you can also get an “ALL-IN” badge/paddle. What this
badge/paddle does is allow you to automatically be in every
auction – eliminating the need for placing individual quarter bids
on the items. Many people get an ALL-IN badge/paddle and an extra
single paddle for those items that they want to have an extra
chance to win!!
When the auction begins, there is a roll call to make sure all
paddles in play have a corresponding numbered chip in the bidding
pot! Once we are sure of that, the auction begins!
The QM auctioneer begins by holding up a product and telling a
little bit about the highlights and then tells everyone how much
the item is going for – between 1 and 4 quarters!
If you would like to bid on that item, you put the corresponding
number of quarters in the collection pot (if you have purchased an
ALL-IN paddle/badge, you can just use that - or, if you want to
ADD to your chances of winning with an individual paddle, you just
add those quarters to the pot and use BOTH) then hold up your
paddle(s)/badge(s) and wait for your number to be called!
Once all the bids are in – the auctioneer shuffles the chips with
the corresponding numbers on them and pulls out a number!
If your lucky paddle/badge number is called and you HAVE placed a
bid (either ALL-IN and/or individual bid), you WIN that item –
and you only paid 1, 2, 3, or 4 quarters!!
Now, if you didn’t bid – you just say “no bid” and the auctioneer
will re-shuffle the chips and continue calling a number until
someone who has placed a bid - and is holding their paddle up -
It’s that simple, and it’s a load of fun!! Lots of great
prizes/products to bid on – and everyone is a winner because of
the excitement that is all over the room!!
In addition to the biddings, there are usually 50/50 tickets and
other drawings going on throughout the event. Also, the vendors
that are there have a lot of specials as well as cash & carry
items at their tables. Please stop by and support these
individuals as these events help to bring their products to many
who would not even know about these businesses.
On the day of the event,
grab some friends
and a few of rolls of quarters
and Come Join the Fun!!!