Troop 979 39th Annual Auction
Sunday, March 11, 2018

What is the Troop 979 Auction?

The Troop 979 Auction is a live auction where we hold up an item in the front of the room, people bid on it, and a winning bidder is declared. It couldn't be easier or more fun. ALL the proceeds from the auction benefit the Troop 979 camping fund and help send a kid to Summer camp. All the auction workers are volunteers and part of the Troop 979 family.

Sounds like fun! When and Where is the Troop 979 Auction?

Auction day is Sunday, March 11, 2018. The auctioning of the items begins at 12:30 p.m (sharp) and lasts until about 5:30. Come and go as you please. Doors are open at 12:00 p.m. for item preview. The auction takes place at the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park -- 5320 W. Giddings, Chicago. Printable directions are available here.

What kind of ”stuff“ do you sell at the Troop 979 Auction?

Good stuff! All kinds of stuff! Some items are new. Some items are gently used. Every year is different but typical items include:

• Household goods • Art work Cubs tickets White Sox tickets
Tiffany-style lamps• Sports memorabilia • Bikes • Beer signs
Bulls tickets • Jewelry • Antiques • Collectibles
• Blackhawks tickets • Kitchenware • Computers • Small appliances
• Rugs • Toys Baby gear • Coins
• Camping gear• Electronics • Sporting goods • Dining certificates
Tools • Furniture• And much, much, much more...

All items for sale have been donated by businesses or individuals who are friends of Troop 979. We do our best to clean up the items and ensure that they are in good working order. All merchandise is sold as-is.

Who do I contact if I have an item that I would like to donate for sale in the Troop 979 auction? Will you come to my house and pick up the item I am donating?

We are always looking for donated items! The “official” item collection day is March 10, the Saturday before the auction, but we would be happy to take your donation any day of the year. Contact auction chairman Ken Doody at (847) 692-2123, ken@troop979.org to make arrangements. We are interested in items valued at $5 to $500, and all donations are tax-deductible. If you have a minute, look around your garage or basement and find that item that you have always been itching to part with and give Ken a holler. While you're at it, and if you are up for it, ask your friends, neighbors, employers, and businesses that you frequent if they are have items or services they are willing to donate. Be aware though, that there are some things we can't accept as donations. These include: old TVs, large appliances, large furniture, clothing, and anything that can't be transported easily. Contact Ken Doody (847) 692-2123, ken@troop979.org with any of your donation questions. Troop 979 is a good thing and we could always use some help to continue being a good thing.

Bidding on items makes me hungry. Is there food and drink available for purchase during the auction?

Yes, we have food and drink available for purchase! The Troop 979 Mother’s Club runs the food concession area that offers a wide assortment of good eats including hot dogs, bratwurst, beef sandwiches, hunter's stew, pierogis, chips, and baked goods. All proceeds benefit Troop 979 so come hungry.

How do I pay for all the great stuff I bought at the Troop 979 Auction?

We accept cash or check. When you arrive at the auction make your way to the cashier’s table (just to the right of the auction stage) and tell the nice ladies there that you need a “paddle”. They will gather some info from you and issue a bidding paddle with a number on it. Take your paddle and start bidding and then bid some more. When you are finished bidding for the day bring your numbered paddle back to the cashier’s table and they will review the list of your purchases with you to make sure everything is OK. There are NO additional auction premiums added. You pay your accumulated amount with cash or check and then carry away all your newly acquired treasures.

I bought a lot of stuff at the Troop 979 Auction. Can someone help me load it into my car?

Of course we will help you load your car! Just grab one of the scouts and tell him you need assistance. He will either help you himself or get a whole crew to pitch in. All purchased items need to be removed from the premises by 6 p.m.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the Troop 979 auction?

Please Contact auction chairman Ken Doody (847) 692-2123, ken@troop979.org with any auction questions.