Quarter Auction bidders win quality items for bargain


With paddles in hand, one bidder is ready to participate in the Quarter Auction at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center.

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Grab your paddles, pocket your quarters and get ready for some bidding fun at the monthly Quarter Auction at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center on Merritt Island. Everyone is welcome.

Popular entertainment, the Quarter Auction, held from 2 to 4 p.m. the first Sunday of every month at the Veterans Memorial Center, is actually a fundraiser providing funds for the organizations that sponsor the event — American Legion Auxiliary Unit 344, American Legion 344 and the VFW 12167 all under the same roof at the Veterans Memorial Center. Proceeds benefit the veterans, active duty military or children and youth.

This is how it works:

“It is different and a lot of fun,” said Dorothy Walsh, a volunteer and president of the American Legion Auxiliary. “We reach out to vendors to come in, like Tupperware or Pampered Chef. We get some really great stuff like specialty coffees, oils, wooden sign makers, community-based do-it-yourselfers like the lady who does blankets and dish towels really beautiful and holiday stuff. When people come in, they rent paddles with a number on each — $3 for the first one and $2 for each additional. If they need quarters, then those can be purchased, too.”

Those attending visit several vendors at the event checking each to see the prizes offered for the auction items and to check out the vendors’ booth specialty items and special sale goods that can be purchased on the spot.

“Once everyone becomes settled in, we get started,” Walsh said. “I introduce each vendor and the vendor will describe items and a brief overview of items on the table, sharing the value that day to be auctioned for a set number of quarters. To bid, each paddle requires two quarters. All quarters are in the pot and tokens (matching the paddle numbers) are put in a barrel. A token is selected and that is the winner of the item. All quarters in the pot go to the vendor.

“Everybody makes it fun,” Walsh added.

The event, open to the public, is at the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center at 400 S. Sykes Creek Parkway on Merritt Island, off Fortenberry Road.