If you’re planning a quarter auction, the attendees will need auction paddles with a number on them so that they can bid on items.
To keep costs as low as possible, one option is to simply print off sheets of paper with sequential numbers on them (or write the numbers on there yourself if you want to save on printer ink / toner).
The people attending your event can then hold up their sheet of paper when placing a bid. If you choose this option, make sure certain numbers are underlined in case the sheet is held up the wrong way (e.g. 9, 6, 19 if it’s handwritten, etc.)
There’s an easy way to make your own quarter auction paddles though – here’s how:
This idea costs less than $20, although you may even be able to create them for free – see if you’re able to have some of the items donated by craft stores and have a printing store print the sheets with the numbers on them.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Quarter auction paddle template – Free downloads Word or PDF
- Printer (or a jumbo Sharpie)
- Craft sticks
- Glue dots
1. Print off the paddle template sheets using either the Word or PDF versions above. There are numbers from 1 – 150 on them, so only print as many numbers as you need – there’s no point in printing 150 pages if you’re only expecting 40 attendees (although don’t forget that some people may want to buy more than one paddle).
If you’re expecting to need more than 150 paddles, use the Word version of the quarter auction paddle template and insert additional pages with more numbers.
2. Fold each sheet of paper in half widthways so that the numbers are on the outside.
4. Take the first numbered sheet of paper and attach the stick to the inside of the sheet so that the numbers are displayed on the outside – it should look something like this:
5. You now have your first paddle – now you just need to make the rest of them!