Tuesday, October 31, 2006

why people suck

this is the quilt that my mom won over the weekend at a silent auction. isn't it so fun and beautiful???

quilt my mom won at a silent auction

quilt my mom won at a silent auction

what kills me is that someone put alot of work into it and donated it to the local youth service bureau for their big fundraiser gala. put an approx price on it of $200. bidding started at $100. at the end of the night, it was one of 15 other items that no one had bid on so they dropped the minimum bid. my mom bid $30 (all she had on her, and did not expect to win the quilt with it) and won it. she loves it and will treat it lovingly however she feels bad that no else one bid on it and that she didn't bid a higher amount.

maybe it's just because i knit so i know what work went into this, but it almost made me cry that no one bid on it and that it only went for $30. :( i wish arts/crafts/creative hobbies were more respected. it makes it hard for me to think of one day donating something of my own. i can't imagine putting tons of work into say, a koigu shawl that just the yarn alone cost $50 and then i put hours of my time into it for it to sell for $25. i know that it's like giving a gift, once it's gone you have to let it go but still...

6 comments:

Carrie said...

Wow, it's beautiful.
I went to a silent auction not long ago where items also went for lower than their starting bid, I felt bad since it was a fundraiser for a hurt child. However, I won a quilt at a silent auction which went for well over $100. I was fighting back & forth with another woman for it, that was kind of fun!
At least the quilt your mom won went to someone who appreciates it.

Jessica said...

Wow, that's an incredible quilt. I just can't believe your mom got it for $30. I don't quilt, but I feel terrible for the quilter. I hope she (I'm assuming a "she" and not "he") wasn't there to see her quilt go for only $30. :( How right you are -- people suck.

Guinifer said...

That is a stunning quilt, your mom was really fortunate. But you're right, that is sad for the charity.

Kelly said...

$30, that is a steal. I agree with Carrie, at least it went to someone who will appreciate it.

Susan said...

I have donated hand-made items... The gift is something that will make money for a charity that needs to get money from people who have it (usually). I put loving energy and hope it will fetch a big price, but I really don't really care that much about how much - it was just nice to donate.

I usually try to get a lot of bang for the buck. Knitted shawls with laceweight yarn (cheap material wise, but a time investment)

The quilt is lovely but perhaps it was made with fabric that the person already had... quilters like stash as much as yarn people do.

Carrie said...

That is an amazing quilt. $30!! I'm glad your mom will give it the love it deserves...