We held our 6th Post Christmas Auction on Wednesday 27th January at the Grey Horse and what an auction it truly was. We were happy to welcome along members of Leeds, York & Barnsley MAG branches, together with our auction regulars, from Wakefield and further afield (familiar faces, who turn up every year just for the auction, some of whom are not even bikers, but happy to support us and bag that bargain !!!).
We had less items donated this year, but everyone agreed, what was lacking in quantity was more than made up for in quality. Not that there wasn't much for sale – we had hundreds of items on the table and the quality, was absolutely unbelievable. For biking gear, you could have completely kitted yourself out with gloves, boots, trousers (leather and textile), jackets (again, leather and textile), heated vests, lids and a whole host of water proofs, in various ages (new & nearly new to well worn) and sizes to fit all, right from child to multiple adult sizes. Bike accessories included screens, multiple tank bags and tail packs, rucksacks, intercoms (pillion and bike to bike) and spares (set of brake pads for a Buell Lightening anyone ?)
Lots of household goods (kitchen ware, chandelier, pictures, ornaments, electricals and bathroom accessories), smellies, beauty products, chocolates, beer, clothing, books, CD's, DVD's, video's, exercise gear (stepper and skipping rope, ideal for the new years resolution !!!), car accessories, cuddly toys, and the list just goes on and on and on.
Wakefield MAG members Eddie Johnson & Daz Pearson would have made Flt Lt Hendley proud (the scrounger in the Great Escape) by obtaining hugely generous donations from local dealers and traders (see list below).
The auction started just after 8pm and lasted well over three hours with no breaks. There was particularly frenzied and competitive bidding for a good number of items and Lisa was very pleased indeed with her orgasm key ring (don't ask !!).
Our auctioneers Chas & Martin did a most sterling job, and Chas excelled with his motorcycle related pen joke, which had folks queueing round the block to buy one his 'special' pens !!!
We managed to clear virtually the lot, with only a mere handful of items remaining unsold.
The auction this year raised over £425, which, bearing in mind the bidding on a lot of items started at 50p, is a staggering and truly impressive result !!!! This is pretty much the same as we raised last year, although our raffle also raised over £42, so in total, we did beat last years seemingly unbeatable total.
We advertised a split of the proceeds of 2/3 to MAG and 1/3 to a charitable cause so the MAG fighting fund will be healthier to the tune of £300 whilst Yorkshire Air Ambulance & the Cardiology Fund at Wakefield's Pinderfields Hospital both get £75 each.
Particular thanks have to go out to the following local dealers and traders for their most generous donations:
They are all heroes and thoroughly deserve your business.
We will be holding another Post Christmas Auction in January next year so, hope to see you there.