The following are some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we have received.
1. WHAT IS A QUARTERMANIA?
A Quartermania is a cross between an auction (where you hold up a numbered paddle to bid on an item), a raffle (where you are trying to win a prize), bingo (using a chip or ball with a number on it), a home party (gathering with friends), a new way of 'FUN'draising (collecting money/quarters for a charity) and it's a ton of FUN!!
There are a LOT of different types of Quarter Manias, Quarter Raffles, Quarter Auctions, being played these days! Each one is filled with fun & excitement from the organizers who love what they are doing, to the vendors who love sharing their business information & products, to the guests who love to play & support different charities, and to the organizations who appreciate this new way of 'FUN'draising!!
Everyone has 'donated' money at one time or another to a cause that is near & dear to their hearts! These QuarterMania type events are being held to help support charities & worthy causes within the local areas! It's a different way of "FUN"draising!! And we are just giving people another way of donating funds for these causes while winning some prizes for themselves!!
Our thoughts are that if you are going to donate money anyway to help out your charity why not come to one of these events and have some fun and maybe even win a few prizes too!! Tell your supporters, tell your friends, tell everyone - to check out this different way of raising funds for others!!!
WE here at QuarterManiaParty would like to explain the BASIC fundamentals of how these events work. We do need to let you know that each organizer has their own way of actually doing their events - so it's advisable to check with them whenever you contact them to help you put on an event for your charity, go as a guest or participate as a vendor. Find out what they require, what their rules are & how they want you to play!!
* PADDLES: Each bidding 'paddle' has a numbered written on it - (fyi: the paddle might be an actual paddle, a card attached to a wooden handle, a paper plate, etc) - the paddle is then used to hold up in the air when you place your bid - this is where the 'auction' part comes into play.
* CHIPS: The chips used (poker chip or bingo ball type) have a number put on them that correspond with each paddle. Once you buy your paddle(s) - the corresponding numbered chip(s) is placed in a container with everyone else's chip. The auctioneer will stir them up and then pull from these chips to match the winning paddle number that is held up!
* AUCTION ITEMS: Vendors & Local Merchants donate business related items for our charities to raise money from and for our guests to win!! Usually around 60 items is a good number to have - 30 items for each half of the game. Each item has a quarter bid associated with it depending on the retail amount of the item.
Examples: $7 - $15 = 1 quarter bid, $16 - $35 = 2 quarter bid, $36 - $75 = 3 quarter bid, $76+ = 4 quarter bid. (Each event organizer determines their own Retail quarter bid amounts and how many actual quarter auction items they have on display to be bid on.)
* AUCTIONEER: This person will help explain how the 'auction' will work for the event. They will also read a description about each item that is up for bidding and will tell the guests how many quarters each item is going for. They will pull a 'chip' from the container and show it to everyone to announce the winner!
* PLAYING: OK - you've registered, gotten your paddle(s)* and your extra raffle and 50/50 tickets. You've secured your seat at a table, ordered your food, spent some time looking at all the auction items up for display - maybe you've gotten a program that helps you to know exactly what each item is and how much the quarter bids will be (This is like the RAFFLE part). You've visited all the vendors - filled out their door prize slips & maybe placed an order or two!! You've gotten your food & joined your friends at the table & now its time to play!!
Ok - The auctioneer is describing the first item & telling you how many quarters it is - you would really like to win it so, you put your quarter(s) into the container - just like everyone else does! You hold your numbered paddle(s) way up high (cuz you really want that item!!), just like everyone else does! Now, the auctioneer stirs the chips & reaches in - pulls out a number and reads it to the crowd - (This is the BINGO part.)
Now if it's your number - you WIN the item and you've only paid from 1 to 4 quarters for it - however, if you didn't win the item it's ok - you've just 'donated' from 1 to 4 quarters to the charity ~ The auctioneer will continue to pull chips and read the numbers until a winner is called!
NOTE: ALL the quarters collected from your bid & everyone else's bids for that item - will be collected for the charity - remember you were going to donate some money to your cause anyway - so it's a Win/Win situation!!
There are 2 types of "fun"draising events: (remember to check with the event organizer you are attending as a vendor or a guest and or, if you want to host an event, which one you want to have put on.)
1) A 'BENEFIT' Fundraiser: is where both the vendors and the charity can make some money from the quarter auction items. All the quarters from the bids of each of the auction items are collected and placed into a corresponding envelope and will be given back to either the vendor & or the charity - the auction items used for each envelope recipient will be determined by the vendors.
2) A FULL FUNDRAISER: is where our vendors have donated 2 or 3 quarter auction items and ALL the quarters collected from the items go to the charity.
NOTE: Please check with the specific event you are attending to see which way they are playing!!
Generally each event has around 60 auction items for guests to bid on and win! This number helps to keep the event running on time and allows for people to spend money on other types of fundraising options too.
Each donated item up for bid is placed on the auction tables for everyone to see; sometimes they can be listed in a program, along with a description of the item & their quarter(s) bid value. Please take some time before the event begins to look over all the items to see which ones you really want to bid on to try to win!! No item will ever be over 4 quarters!! Once the event begins the auctioneer will explain how this works ~ tell what company the item is from, a brief description, the retail value and how many quarters you will need to bid with your "Single" quarter bid paddle!
The vendors that have paid for their spot will usually 'donate' 2 or more of their business related items and the charity can/will be able to also donate some of the smaller items that they have collected for this event to fill in the 60 spots. ALSO sometimes if the vendor spots are already full for that event another vendor might be able to donate an item if their business is not already represented. This way they can get their name out to the public and we get to fill in the items with a variety of items.
When you register at the entrance table you may receive a door prize/attendance form to fill out & you will pay for your bidding paddle(s). This is where the 'auction' part of Quarter Auctions comes in - because you need an 'auction/bidding' paddle to hold up when you want to try to win an item you've bid on!!
You will also need to decide if you want a 'Single' quarter bid paddle (YOU NEED QUARTERS TO PLAY) or an 'All-In' bid paddle (YOU DON'T NEED ANY QUARTERS TO PLAY) - or maybe one of each!!
"Single" QUARTER BID PADDLES: (NOTE: check with the event you are attending for their bidding rules!)
You need QUARTERS to play these paddles!! Let's say you want to try to 'win' the item the auctioneer is talking about - you will place your bid (from 1 to 4 quarters, whatever the auctioneer says) in the container on the table (or in the container a vendor is holding) & then HOLD UP your numbered paddle (this is like the 'auction' part). If you are playing more than one "single" quarter bid paddle, you MUST place a bid for each one that you are going to use. If you have multiple single quarter bid paddles & you only want to use one or two, please place the others facedown on the table.
When all the bids are collected, the auctioneer will draw a numbered chip from the container. If the number on the chip drawn matches your numbered paddle that is HELD UP - you WIN ~ and you only "paid" from 1 to 4 quarters for the item!! Now, if your matching numbered paddle was not held up, you will say - 'Not In or No Bid' everyone will go ahhhhhhh & then the ones who already placed their bid for that item will hold up their paddles again & the auctioneer will continue to draw a chip until there is a winner! Once there is a winner all chips will be placed back in the container & the next item to be auctioned will be held up.
"ALL-IN" BID PADDLES: (NOTE: only if the event you are attending has this option)
The All-In paddles are played the same as the single quarter bid paddles with ONE MAJOR difference!! You have already PAID all the quarter bids and you are in for EVERY single auction item without the pressure of remembering to place your quarter bids! You just need to remember to HOLD UP your All-IN Paddle for the items that you want to try to win!! (If you don't want the item being auctioned and your number comes up as a winner - you can always say - Not In or No Bid - they will just call the next numbered chip.)
IMPORTANT: IF you are also playing a Single Quarter Bid paddle along with an ALL IN paddle you MUST remember to bid quarters for that single bid paddle if you are going to hold it up!! (NOTE: this also depends on the rules of the event you are attending!)
There is usually a roll call before the event starts so that everyone knows that their numbered chip is actually IN the container! When the auctioneer calls your number - just say 'here' or 'ok' or 'bingo' LOL - this way we know that you know that your chip is IN the container because sometimes one or more numbers might get called more often - they are just 'hot' numbers. Some events do this - some don't -- ALL the details of how it works will be explained before the event actually starts!! If you have any questions please ASK the organizer or the auctioneer of your event!!
There are usually a few different games that will be played during an event to try to raise more money for the charity that the event is for - usually there are around 4 to 10+ 'ticket' RAFFLE Items - these items are donated from businesses that support the charity. Kind of like a silent auction but with tickets (sometimes there might even be a silent auction too).
There are a couple of different 50/50 type games played - some have tickets that are sold and some don't - with these types of games all the money is counted and half goes to the winner & the other half goes to the charity. The prices for the tickets vary depending on the organizers or the charity doing these games.
A 50/50 is where you buy tickets for say: $1 for one ticket ~ $5 for six tickets ~ and $10 for an arms length or head to toe length (usually somewhere around 15-25 tickets). ALL the money collected from those tickets are counted and the winning ticket holder that is drawn gets to keep HALF of the total amount - the charity gets the other HALF!!
Heads or Tails is another fun way to do like a 50/50 split! Everyone who wants to play stands up & takes a dollar (or 4 quarters or if you only have a $5 or $10 or $20 you can use that too) and they place the money either on their HEADS (for heads) or their TAIL (their bottom for tails) - when everyone is ready the auctioneer takes a quarter and flips it - if it lands on 'heads' then everyone who had their dollar on their heads stay in the game - the ones who had it on their tails will turn the money over to a collector and they sit down.
The remaining players pick heads or tails again - the quarter is flipped - say it lands on tails this time - everyone with the money on their tails stay in the game - everyone with it on their heads turn it over to the collectors and they sit down.
You continue this way till you only have 2, 3, or 4 players - either bring them up to the front or have them stay in their spots and everyone needs to turn and face a different direction - then they choose their head or tail - don't tell them what the others are doing - just let them know that "IF" everyone picked the same and the quarter lands on the other side - all the money goes to the charity - maybe they will switch - no worries if they don't but tell the audience to not tell what the others have.
You keep flipping until you end up with a person winning to split the 50/50 pot OR the charity winning and they get it all. Once you have a 'winner' the money is counted & the amount is announced to everyone and the 'winner' is presented with their money and the rest is added to the charities total take for the night!
NOTE: We do need to remind you again that each organizer has their own way of actually doing their events - so it's advisable to check with them when you go as a guest or participate as a vendor to find out what they require, what their rules are & how they want you to play!!
We do highly suggest that if you are a VENDOR - with a home based business or even a local small business and you do these types of event or vendor fairs, that you consider placing your business info in the vendor listing section of THIS website.
We suggest this for a few reasons -
*First ~ it shows everyone that you really are working your business
For more info - please see the vendor listing page - then use the contact us form to let us know you are ready to advertise!! You may use the form on the website OR we can email you the form to fill out!!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this FAQ page!