Chinese Auction

The Diving Rebels Scuba Club will hold our traditional Chinese Auction during the September 6 membership meeting.

What is the Chinese auction? Well, it’s more fun than a lake full of Diving Rebels! The Chinese auction is not only the biggest Diving Rebels fundraiser but also one of the most entertaining of our monthly meetings.

The way the auction works is this: we have a live auction for donated gifts. What makes the auction special is that the items being auctioned are wrapped and unknown to the audience. What is being auctioned might be a dive computer, fins, boxes of Girl Scout cookies, or just about anything else. BUT REMEMBER, the item must be new and of a minimum value of $25. Think of it this way: you should donate an item that you would actually want yourself.

After you win an item by high bid, you have the choice of either keeping the item or forcing a trade for whatever item was won before yours. The kicker is that you have to decide to trade or not to trade before you unwrap your item. The previous bid winner may have won the bid for a dive knife that you want. If you trade, you’ll trade off your wrapped item for the dive knife not knowing what you traded away. You know that you’ll get the dive knife, but what did you give up for it? Maybe it’s a wet suit; maybe it’s a new dive computer or even a Caribbean trip. As trades can only go back to one previous round, the bid winner before you will unwrap whatever you swapped him. He cannot have it taken away nor can he force a swap for any other previously auctioned items.

Your item, whether you swap or not, may be taken from you by the next winning bidder. You also must unwrap and disclose your item to the group. If some of this doesn’t make sense, don’t worry—it will be explained again at the September meeting.

What we ask you to bring is a new item with a minimum value of $25 that will be usable by the winner. (Not many people need a box of a/c air filters or 10 paving stones). The item should be wrapped in a nondescript wrapping—newspaper or paper bags are quite acceptable. Think about things you can talk your employer into donating or things you got two of for Christmas. BUT THE ITEM MUST BE NEW AND SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE YOURSELF!

Please come prepared to have fun and aggressively bid on those items you just can’t live without. If you want to win a bid on an item, bring some $$$$ as the competition sometimes becomes quite fierce, the banter hilarious, and the items worth the effort it takes to win them! One last thing, please be prepared to pay for your items by the end of the meeting as we won’t be able to track items for future payment. Thanks to all, and we look forward to a big crowd and lots of fun.