With the whack of a gavel and wave of a paper plate, bidders can purchase an assortment of services at the Metchosin Community Association live services auction.
The second annual auction is a key fundraiser for the association, which hosts dozens of groups and events at its Happy Valley Road building.
“We operate without grants or government funding,” said Marjorie Anderson, chair of the auction and member of the MCA. “Last year we were surprised. We auctioned off 57 services in an hour and a quarter. It made us feel a lot more comfortable with our funding.”
The association brought in $4,000 last year and this Sunday’s goal is $5,000. Funds go toward paying part-time staff and the hydro bill.
So far about 56 services are up for auction, but each day businesses and people add more to the list.
Returning is a one hour chauffeured ride in a DeLorean, among the popular vehicle-ride genre. Also up for grabs are cruises on a Harley Davidson motorcycle and in a 1926 Model T Ford.
People can bid on a wide variety of services, including wood splitting, website design, home design, bread baking, music lessons, sailing, plant identification, handyman construction work and winemaking.
Anderson has her sights set on one of the several yoga classes up for grabs.
All of the services are listed on the Metchosin services auction web site. Bidders can bid online for the items prior to the event or in person at the auction on Sunday.
For more information or donate a service, call the Metchosin Community House 250-478-5155. To pre-bid see www.metchosincommunityhouse.com/servicesauction.htm.
The auction is Sunday, March 11, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Metchosin Community House, 4430 Happy Valley Rd.