How we handle the financial situation at our family reunion

by Jean
(Storm Lake)

We always had trouble with people paying their share of money before leaving the reunion. We came up with a great idea of a "White Elephant" auction. Everyone brings 3-4 wrapped gifts. They do not have to be new, but they do have to be something that other people would like. We have had the following as White Elephants: Logo jackets & t-shirts, canned meats, pickles, horseradish, unused candles, place mats, tablecloths, unused lotions, soaps, shower gels, small lamps, crocheted doilies, small picnic baskets, candy jars filled with candy, Christmas & Halloween decorations, and pottery to name a few. We have a member of the family, with a good sense of humor, be the auctioneer. It seems that everyone gets in the mood to bid once they see what people are getting in their wrapped packages. We have been doing this for over ten years, and always have enough money to cover expenses and enough for the next year for postage, rental, etc.

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Nov 04, 2015
by: Merlin

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May 14, 2015
by: Lydia

What a great idea! And it sounds like so much fun. It seems like whomever you pick as the auctioneer could make a HUGE difference. Thanks for sharing!

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