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Quarter auction to support ministry programs

A vendor sits at a table during a quarter auction event at the Marietta Church of God on Colegate Drive. The church’s Kingdom Creations ministry will hold another one Saturday to raise money for helping people in the community. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA – Quarter auctions have been around for more than a decade, but people who don’t frequent charity fundraisers might not know what they are.

Anyone interested in having the experience can head for the Marietta Church of God fellowship hall at 501 Colegate Drive on Saturday morning.

The quarter refers to a 25-cent piece. Participants purchase auction paddles for $3 each, and each paddle allows one bid on each item being sold. More than one paddle can be purchased before the auction, with each allowing an additional round of bidding on each item. The bid is usually a quarter, and the bids go up in 25-cent increments.

The Church of God event, being organized by its ministry Kingdom Creations, begins with an auction preview hour at 11 a.m., with the auction starting at noon and expected to continue for one or two hours. Several of the merchants who contribute to the auction will have tables in the church fellowship hall, available to talk about their goods and services.

Quarter auctions have been found to be an effective fundraising method for nonprofits. Kingdom Creations uses its auction take for a variety of community aid programs.

“We have different vendors and craftspeople who donate items to auction off, and all that money goes toward our outreach ministry,” Kingdom Creations volunteer Kimberly Price said Tuesday. “We’ve bought backpacks for kids, helped families with Christmas, helped households in need with utility bills.”

Price said some local businesses, such as American Flags and Poles and Pioneer Dogs, donate gift certificates for auction, and others, such as Avon and Looking Snappy, donate goods and set up tables at the auction.

Kingdom Creations, she said, has been in operation for three years and usually holds events once a month, events such as a skating party for children, a community fall festival with games, and, since September, quarter auctions. Price said the events raise money for the ministry in the order of $200 to $500 for each auction.

The auction usually draws upwards of 20 vendors, she said.

“The vendors don’t make a lot of money from it, but they like the community, the love they feel, supporting a good cause,” Price said. “Some drive two hours to be in it.”

The event is more than just a chance to acquire something new at a good price.

“It’s more than just raising funds,” she said. “It’s about connecting, sharing the love of Christ, reaching out. The vision is to eventually have a cafe and diner, a place to employ people who have a past, maybe incarceration or rehab, and have a hard time getting started again. We’d like to employ them in a Christian environment.”

Jill Allen will be at the auction with her line of Looking Snappy jewelry and buttons.

“It’s snap-button jewelry, like necklaces, bracelets, key chains,” she said. “You buy the basic jewelry piece, like a necklace or bracelet, and the buttons, you just snap them on and off. It’s fun and affordable, something to fit everyone’s personality. We have buttons with sports emblems, animals, funny quotes, people from young to old like them.”

In addition to giving her business some exposure, Allen said, it’s an enjoyable event.

“We like it over there, they’re trying to do a good thing, and they’re really nice people,” she said.

The doors open for the auction at 11 a.m. Saturday, and there is still space available for vendors. More information about Kingdom Creations can be found at the ministry’s Facebook page.

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