I had heard about the Penny Sale to raise money for the local church but I didn't know what it was...until a few months ago.
Last year My-Friend-Donna-who-lives-in-town called to give me the dates for the Penny Sale and I was really disappointed that I couldn't make it. For me moving to the country meant getting involved in the local community and this was a great opportunity and I had to miss it. Well - I guess I went on and on about how sorry I was to have missed it because Donna decided that they would change the night - just-for-me. I felt so special!
I didn't realise at the time that she had ulterior motives…(smile).
Planning work began in October. She and her DH tried really hard to explain the whole thing to me. I must have looked as confused as I felt because she suddenly had a bright idea. Come with me and a few friends to the Seniors Penny Sale the next town over and you'll get to see it all in action.
After a full afternoon with someone giving me the tour I finally understood - my visual learning style came out! It was a great community bonding event and a lot of fun.
For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about here's the basics.
- A wild and varied assortment of gently used and new items are donated to the cause by community members who set things aside or make beautifully handcrafted items all year long just so they can donate them.
- All the items are set out on tables - much like a giant bazaar room - and each item has a cup attached to it.
- First you pay a $2.00 admission fee that gets you coffee, tea and goodies.
- Then you buy penny sale tickets - One big ticket stub with 25 little stubs - all with the same number on them. (It used to be 100 tickets for $1.00 - now it's 75 - inflation I guess - thus the term "Penny Sale")
- You cruise the selection and drop your tickets into the cups of the items you are interested in.
- After a set time everyone settles in to hear the numbers being drawn and the winners have the items delivered right to their seats.
My biggest hint is to start ripping apart your ticket stubs at home - it took much longer than I thought it would and by the end I had the whole family furiously ripping stubs as the time to leave to serve the coffee drew near!
It was a fantastic night. Aunt Ruby's canning, Donna's quilted pillows and stockings and the bake table were among the highlights. If all goes well you end up with the things you wanted - like the 100th anniversary commemorative plates and mugs from the local church or some quilted stockings!
I spent the first part of the night serving coffee and tea and trying hard to remember everyone's names. At least the faces are getting more and more familiar!
DH and I sat with two of our kids and Mr. Farmer - the previous owner of Shalom Engedi Farms. I was feeling sorry for him because none of his numbers were being pulled but then I found out he had placed ALL his tickets in the baking area. When the numbers were called for the bake table he had a big grin on his face - I think he bought lots of tickets! He really likes baking. He even accidentally won a jar of jam which he promptly traded someone for more baking - guess I know what to make him for Christmas!
It takes time to build relationships but it's worth it. I love my small community...and I'm already looking forward to next year - besides I need to win a match to my quilted pillow!