My son who has just finished his junior year in high school is going to Bolivia on a missions trip this summer. He's raising funds for the trip, but he also has a few other expenses for which he is responsible. When he found out how much a passport was going to cost him, he decided he would like to make a couple of items in his shop classes to sell to raise money towards the passport.
He scrounged around our stack of wood scraps and came up with these flag designs. I love the trash to treasure concept in taking pieces that might have ended up on the kindling pile and turning them into something both patriotic and decorative. I guess he's caught the artsy bug too!
I love the "tattered" ends! Makes me think of a battle flag that still proudly waves.
I offered to "auction" the pieces off on my Trash to Treasure blog for him as a means to raise his funds for his passport. I've decided to host a silent auction where bidders send their bid via e-mail to me and the artwork will go to the highest bidder. After the auction close, I'll notify the winning bidder and then send a Paypal invoice for the winning bid amount plus postage. Just like an E-bay auction, payments will be handled securely by Paypal and then I'll ship the item(s). See the details below.
This is the small flag. It is crafted of weathered wood and pieces of lathe strips. The back is covered in thin plywood painted black and it comes with 2 sawtooth hangers attached. The small flag measures 19.5 inches wide by 12 inches tall. It is painted with a wash of red, white and blue and sprayed with a coat of clear Krylon for protection. This items weighs 2 lbs, 8 oz.
The colors are very muted, as though weathered which means the blue is more of a faded blue-gray. The red is a faded, pinkish red. They can be hung outdoors or indoors.
The large flag is painted in the same colors and constructed of the same weathered wood and lathe strips. The back is made of a thin plywood painted black and this also includes two sawtooth hangers on the back. The large flag measures 37.5 inches wide by 25 inches tall. It weighs 10 lbs.
You can see from the top picture how they compare in size to one another.
Photo of back side of small flag (large flag in background)
Flag Auction Guidelines
Bidding opens on Thursday, June 3 at 6:30 pm Central Time and closes on Thursday, June 10 at 6:30 pm.
There are 2 flags up for silent auction. One large flag and one small.
My son has established a reasonable minimum price for accepted bids and we reserve the right to close the auction without naming a winning bidder if this reserve price is not met in the bids we receive. If this happens, I will announce it on the blog and re-open the auction for consideration of higher bids.
Bids should be sent via e-mail to Michelle Rayburn (click link here) with Flag Auction Bid in the subject line. Please specify whether it is for the large flag, the small flag, or the pair of flags. Include your name and e-mail address in your bid.
I will ship to the 48 states only. I'm sorry, it's just too costly to ship elsewhere. Buyer will be responsible for the following S & H cost which has been calculated using online UPS postage calculators:
- Cost for large flag is $17 (UPS Ground)
- The small is $11 (Priority Mail)
- Combined is $20 (UPS Ground)
- If you are local to New Auburn, WI, you have the option of picking up the item.
The winning bidder (if you bid on the pair) or bidders (if highest bids are separate items) will receive an e-mail from me with an invoice linking to Paypal where you can complete your payment.
If you have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to me (Michelle). Thanks for taking the time to look at my son's artwork today!