How the Auction Works: A Story
Hello! My name is Kiko. I am a 12-year-old kayak. Until a couple of weeks ago I sat in a garage surrounded by other perfectly good items, gathering dust and wishing I was out on the lake again. Then one day my owner came in and set me aside along with some of the other items. I heard we were being saved for something called the Greater Clark County Rotary Auction & Rummage Sale. I could only dream that we would be leaving soon.
In June, my dream came true! On a Thursday morning, my owners loaded me and a lot of the other items into the back of their pick-up truck, and drove to a place called Evergreen High School. It was a fun trip, and I loved being outdoors again. As the vehicle approached the school’s entrance, it was stopped by a very friendly woman who thanked my owners for coming, checked to see if they had any items that could not be accepted or for which there was a drop-off fee, and instructed them to proceed to a place she called the “Curb.”
The Curb was an exciting place! Imagine my amazement when I saw our vehicle was not alone. Instead, we were in a line of vehicles, vans, suvs, cars, waiting patiently to offload their contents. When we reached the drop-off point, my owners were again thanked for their donations as several very eager people who, in a minute or two, unloaded everything. As they lifted me from the pick-up, I overheard a man wearing a Rotary cap tell my owners that, in the next six days, hundreds of vehicles would drop off thousands of items. Wow!
Sorting And Identifying Donations
What happens next is like a miracle. Dozens of people at the Curb tirelessly sort through and identify all manner of donated items, and carry them to close-by collection areas maintained by the Auction & Rummage Sale’s different Departments. There, they are sorted again by Department representatives, and those items deemed worthy of display are placed in all manner of transport devices and whisked off by dozens of other people to the different departments located inside and outside the school building. There, they are received and sorted again by still more people who work setting up the Departments. Those items not deemed worthy for display go to the “Lawn of Opportunity” where members of the event’s Green Team work to recycle rather than dispose of them.
Setting Up The Departments
In short order, one of the more than 100 Rotarians and volunteers who work at the Auction & Rummage Sale picked me up and carried me to the Sporting Goods Department located in a tent in the school’s parking lot. Here I was thoroughly evaluated, found to be well built, clean and in very good condition, and placed in a holding area with other recreational equipment.
As I sat in the holding area, I observed lots of people working purposely to convert the tented area into a classy showroom. From my perch in the tent, I could see similar efforts underway in the Fine Furniture & Large Appliances, Outdoor Power Equipment, Pet Supplies, and Lawn & Garden Departments that circled the tent in the south parking lot.
Day after day, hundreds of people spread out across the school campus working on the Auction & Rummage Sale – receiving, sorting, cleaning, repairing, testing, and displaying the items for sale. Twice each day, they gathered for lunch and dinner in the school’s cafeteria, and throughout each day they interacted with each other renewing old, and making new, friendships.
On the Wednesday before the Auction & Rummage Sale, I was placed in a very nice Sporting Goods display within the tent, and noticed the concerted effort that was underway to set a price on me and every other item for sale in the tent. As they placed a price tag on me, I reflected on my original purchase price and the only words that came to my mind were “what a bargain!”
Auction & Rummage Sale Day
On Auction & Rummage Sale day, the overnight peace of the tent was interrupted at 6 AM with the arrival of the Rotarians and volunteers that would be working from 9 AM until 3 PM selling items to the event’s customers. As they moved around making last minute adjustments to the displays and talking about their work, I could feel their excitement.
A few minutes before 9 AM, I heard the National Anthem over a loud speaker system. At the last note, I was startled to hear loud shouts and feel the ground rumble as thousands of shoppers stormed the Evergreen High School campus. Within seconds, people began running into the tent and heading toward the items they wanted to purchase.
My new owners grabbed me at 9:07 AM, and happily paid an Auction & Rummage Sale cashier my bargain basement asking price. When the transaction was completed, I was lifted and carried out the tent toward a place called “Treasure Check.” Here I was watched over by friendly Auction & Rummage Sale workers while my new family set off in search of other bargains to purchase.
My wait wasn’t too long. At 11:00 AM, the school gates were opened for vehicles to pick up purchased items. Soon thereafter, I was retrieved, handed over to my new owners, and carried to a nearby SUV for the journey to my new home. As I was loaded onto the top of the vehicle, I chuckled because I joined a crowd of other items that looked remarkably similar to the ones that accompanied me to Evergreen High School 8 days ago!
A New Home!
Now, I am sitting in a sunny corner of a different garage. Every weekend, my new owners load me up with another kayak and take us to the nearby lake where we get to enjoy the beautiful scenery and serene waters. They are very happy with me, and I am happy at my new home!