I wrote last spring that I’d kind of outdone myself at our preschool’s silent auction. I had high hopes that my plethora of gift certificates would force me to schedule in and make time for things I wanted to do. After all, once I’d paid out the cash, it wasn’t just about making time for fun. The frugal part of my brain would kick in and make sure I wasn’t spending money and getting nothing in return.
The auction was almost exactly 6 months ago, so I just looked through the pile of envelopes and gift certificates that are still on my desk to see how I’d done.
Last night, a friend and I used the donated Sixers tickets to go to a pre-season game vs. the Charlotte Hornets. I’m happy to report that, unlike every other Sixers game I have attended, the team won! (I keep laughing about the “Together We Build” team marketing message. While it’s inspiring, it does make it clear that the team has a ways to go). This photo is taken from our front row, court-side seats. No zooming involved. It was awesome.
Last weekend, my husband and I used the gift certificates to restaurant Sbraga to go with our friends who donated the certificates. We got to meet chef Kevin Sbraga. Also awesome.
The weekend before, we used the gift certificate to Little Expressions to get formal photos taken of the 3 kids. We go back in another week to look at the proofs.
I also bid on and won a contemporary doll house. My 3-year-old got that for her birthday, and has played with it off and on. We’ll see if it becomes a regular fixture in the rotation or not.
We hauled the beach cart I bid on in a “beach package” around at the beach this summer. It worked when we had two adults, but didn’t work when it was only me, as I had to hold onto the kids. It may be more useful in the future.
I used two gift certificates to massage places this summer. I have one more card I need to use for a different place, hopefully to schedule a pre-natal massage in the next few weeks.
I used one store gift certificate, but I have another for a store that is literally less than a mile from my house that I haven’t used yet. In my post last spring I wrote about how excited I was to try out the store. Then I found out that I was pregnant shortly after writing that post. Knowing you won’t fit into any of the nice clothes you could shop for is somewhat de-motivational for making use of a gift certificate. Hopefully it doesn’t expire before February when I might be able to resume normal shopping.
I also have a gift certificate for the place where I get my hair cut, and yet I keep forgetting to bring it. So there are a few things I need to coordinate, lest I still have these gift certificates on my desk by the time this spring’s silent auction rolls around.
Have you ever won anything fun in a silent auction? Did you use it?