Gross revenue from the 2012 Fairlawn Auxiliary Auction was $39,505, down about 1.8% from the previous year, said Nanette Buehrer, director of development and community service, Fairlawn Retirement Community.
There is still revenue to come in, so the gap will close, Buehrer said.
The gross figure for 2011 was $40,219.51, which was $714.51 more than the 2012 figure.
Revenue from the auction has paralleled the local economy. In 2007, gross auction revenue set an all-time record, when $42,307.50 was raised.
In 2009, perhaps the worst year of the recent economic downturn, gross auction revenue was $33,831.50, down almost $8,500 from the 2007 record.
The Fairlawn Auction is famous for its quilts.
This year, quilts brought in $14,975.
The 2012 feature quilt “Blizzard in Blue,” made by 60 women from area churches who sewed 354 hours over 12 days, sold for $1,900.
Five quilts sold for over $1,000.
The quilt selling for the most money, a scrappy love ring quilt, went for $3,100.
An Alabama Star quilt, donated by Marg and Alta Grieser, sold for $2,000.
A quilt donated by St. James Lutheran Church which featured a top pieced by a mother and daughter in the late 1930s-early 1940s, then recently quilted and donated by a granddaughter, sold for $1,600.
The rocking horse made by Bea Briggs, featured in last week’s Archbold Buckeye, sold for $220.
In 2011, her rocking horse sold for $100.
A handmade childs table and chairs went for $450; a set of barrister bookcases, stacked three tall, also hand- made, sold for $375.
Ground cherry pies sold for $25 to $65 per pie.
An amateur photography contest was added this year.
Buehrer said revenue from photos sold was $745. The high bid for the photo judged Best in Show was $130, making total photo contest revenue $875.
“We had lots of great comments about the display (of photos) and how much people enjoyed it, and plan on participating next year,” Buehrer said.
Meals served at the Thursday, March 29 preview and the Friday, March 30 auction raised $7,735.
On Thursday night, 500 meals were served; then more people came in for pie and coffee, she said.
Buehrer said 467 meals were served during the 2011 Friday night auction. This year, the number of Friday night meals was more than 500.
The sale of baked goods and cheeses raised $1,600, while cutlery added an additional $207.
Cash donations were up over 2011. This year, donations totaled $3,400.
Buehrer said Fairlawn Auxiliary officials were pleased with the 2012 auction, the 47th edition.
On Friday night, “People came for the dinner and stayed. They didn’t move to the chairs up front, they were happy to sit at the tables” in the back of Founder’s Hall, she said.
Basket items continue to be popular. Basket items are put together by combining several small items such as gift cards and certificates into a basket, then selling the items together.
“We have fun coming up with the names for the baskets,” Buehrer said.
It was the third year Fairlawn has prepared an auction catalog. The catalog is assembled Thursday after the final donations come in, then handed out on Friday.
As in the past two years, the catalogs were all handed out, and more had to be printed and assembled.
Buehrer said people from across the county participate in the auction in one form or another.
She said one family has members come in from all across the nation. They make the auction the center of the family reunion.–David Pugh