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Re: Need Basket ideas for Fundraiser Auction
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Reply to: #917726 by StampingIsMyForte
Jan 13, 2016 8:27am
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I've learned to stay far, far away from Pinterest. Haha! (I'd be on there all day)
Re: Need Basket ideas for Fundraiser Auction
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Reply to: #917725 by FloridaFour
Jan 13, 2016 8:34am
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I would tell her no, then, and ask how else you can contribute. I would tell her that if the point is to make money, you don't want to make a basket that nobody bids on!
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Reply to: #917720 by FloridaFour
Jan 13, 2016 8:43am
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I'd focus on the carving,not the boxing. It's something you can dabble in without too much research.

I wouldn't want to compromise local boxes by encouraging those who are...less passionate about boxing to "check it out".
But if they enjoyed carving, they might want to look into it further. Maybe a few simple/basic carving supplies and a journal and ink pads. If your family/friends gift you lovely store bought stamps that you've never used because you like to carve your own (but at least they tried to understand your hobby) this would be a good place for them,
You might include something about ciphers and codes too...if you wanted to still tie back to letterboxing. Maybe include a card that says something like "Like solving puzzles AND stamping? Learn more about Letterboxing at (website)"

That way, they have to do research to find out what it's about, they can easily use all the supplies for non-boxing activities unless they become intrigued and enamored but they won't be motivated to just try it and see what it's all about (and possibly damage things)

*** One of the first boxing families I met/discovered had some muggley habits because they started out with too little info. Their advice made me shudder, even as a newbie. I wouldn't want to set more half informed individuals out in the world.
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Reply to: #917729 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 8:54am
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For our school auction, the classrooms are assigned types of baskets and each student is assigned one item to bring in for it. For example, my son had to bring in a shirt (t-shirt/jersey) for a local professional football team for his class' sports basket (someone else brought in a cup with the logo, etc.). Easy baskets are the "movie night" (bring in popcorn, flavoring, DVDs, snuggle blanket, etc.) and the "ice cream" basket (ice cream toppings, IOU for ice cream, ice cream cones/waffle bowls, spoons, fancy dishes/napkins, etc.). Sometimes book baskets do well (have a girl basket and a boy basket).

I like that the baskets are assembled as a team effort rather than one person shelling out the time and money to put together one basket.

Another thing to consider, my kids' elementary school always does a class donation for the school auction. Each child in the class does a piece of a greater item. For example, one class made tile coasters (each student decorated one). Another class painted a wheelbarrow and painted hand prints and their names on the outside of it. Another class painted a chair white and then put their hand prints on that. I also remember the class pet had a framed photo which raised more money than it cost.

Good luck!
Re: Need Basket ideas for Fundraiser Auction
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Reply to: #917725 by FloridaFour
Jan 13, 2016 8:56am
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It's better when you can solicit donations so the baskets are essentially "free" for you to put together.

You could do a hiking kit? Reusable water bottle, socks, snacks, (free) maps of local trails? Binoculars if you can still find some on Christmas clearance? Or a (used from Amazon) book on tree/plant identifying? Add in sketch book and colored pencils to draw on the art aspect? Use a pull string backpack (easy to make if you sew) instead of a basket?

I got frustrated with donating stuff too. Sometimes it was appreciated, sometimes it didn't appear to be. One item was in demand...but the person in charge wrapped and labeled it poorly. :-( Probably b/c it was homemade, but still. People who knew about it wanted it and couldn't find it to bid.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 9:00am
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Water bottle and extra ziplock baggies. A place-holder stamp we rarely remember to put in place.
Plus all the usual accouterments.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917734 by Uncorny Acorns
Jan 13, 2016 9:11am
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Whats a placeholder stamp
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 9:12am
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I don't carry around much. My logbook, sig stamp, some HHs I've picked up, markers, a stamp pad, and a compass.
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Reply to: #917731 by Uncorny Acorns
Jan 13, 2016 9:49am
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I have a HUGE box of unused store bought stamps someone else gave me that I never even look at. I could definitely add some of that to the box. It would be very girly, though. Flowers and quotes, mostly. Not sure if that would work for this Engineering Magnet school. But thanks for giving me that idea, I will look through that box.

As for the making stuff by kids, this school has no art department, except digital arts, and that's not my area...

The cipher idea won't work, because there's exactly 2 letterboxes with ciphers within 20 miles of me. So there's not much for them to find. One of the boxes is mine, with a donated stamp andazing handmade logbook, and I don't want them to look for that on their first try. Haha!

Knowing my middle school kids, they are too wrapped up in video games and U tube shows to stop for 2 seconds to try one, anyway.

I told her I would focus on the stamp carving as a hobby, if I do it. I don't think I would mention letterboxing, though I seriously doubt I would recruit even 1 kid to the hobby. Giving them a blurb about letterboxing actually does not worry me at all. This school has extra nice, smart kids, not worried about vandals, like I do with geocaching. They don't go roaming about on their own here in parks, until high school age.

I will just buy stuff I want, and keep the receipts, and I told her I want it back if it doesn't sell for the minimum I propose.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917735 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:00am
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It's something you put in place of the actual box while you're logging in in case a boxer comes up right behind you.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:02am
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I use a small makeup bag. I have: sig stamp, stamp pad, index cards, pan, compass, and any hhs I have found.
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:25am
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ID incase I'm found unconscious or dead. Cell phone in case someone is after me. Water. Everyone needs constant rehydrating. Food in case I get lost. Lighter in case I'm lost overnight. Silver blanket in case I'm lost overnight. Antibiotic salve and bandages. Oh, and replacement stuff for needy boxes and index cards to stamp on. Crayola markers to color stamps with. Pen to write about the box and who boxes with me. Actually, I do carry this stuff. You never know if you hike places like Devil's Den. Plus, the weight of this stuff helps a bit for longer hikes. Actually, if you're a diabetic-and I am-You need to take care of even small injuries so they won't bet infected. You need food in case you blood sugar goes down. And diabetics are always thirsty. Did I mention toilet paper. Diabetics always have to tinkle.
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Reply to: #917744 by zinni
Jan 13, 2016 10:26am
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And compass and money.
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Reply to: #917738 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 10:33am
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It's something you put in place of the actual box while you're logging in in case a boxer comes up right behind you.

Interesting! I've never heard of that or seen one in use. I can't imagine a circumstance where I'd ever use a placeholder stamp, but I guess there must be one?

I thought maybe a placeholder stamp was this or this: you know, store-bought stamps that some people carry with them to replace someone else's missing stamp so that they can list the box as a find. Because smiley-face or jumpin'-frog stamps are always appropriate replacements that any planter would want in their box! :^|
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:37am
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I have the stuff you need like siggy stamps, black ink pad, colored markers and logbook. After those I have: tissue paper/moist wipes cause you never know when nature will call, a first aid kit, one of those portable phone battery chargers, scissors cause even tho I wear my hair up it enjoys getting stuck in random thorn bushes, hand sanitizer, gum, water, a snack, extra hair ties, a pocket knife and light.I guess nothing all that intiresting lol
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Reply to: #917746 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 10:41am
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Because smiley-face or jumpin'-frog stamps are always appropriate replacements that any planter would want in their box! :^|

Are you being sarcastic?

Make sure you type more slowly so I can follow along with your playful sarcasm ;)
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Reply to: #917746 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 10:41am
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can't imagine a circumstance where I'd ever use a placeholder stamp, but I guess there must be one?

I can't think of any reason why one would ever be needed. That's a big "huh?" from me.

store-bought stamps that some people carry with them to replace someone else's missing stamp so that they can list the box as a find. Because smiley-face or jumpin'-frog stamps are always appropriate replacements that any planter would want in their box! :^

I assume you tell the planter you replaced their stamp? Since that affects the attributes of the stamp. It's no longer a hand carved stamp and probably no longer reflects the theme of the box if there was one. I've actually never known anyone to do this.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 10:48am
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We have our logbook and signature stamp for me and my husband and our three year old's signature stamp. Markers, pens, and a compass. We need to get some ink pads. For our three year old we have snacks, change of clothes and usually an extra toy that gets dragged along by him. And then for the seven month old we have diapers, wipes, change of clothes and a nursing cover in case he needs to nurse. Oh and of course a first aid kit in case of any boo boos. I've been trying to get better at carrying things for boxes that need help. So mommy carries the backpack with everything and daddy carries the baby on his back and our three year old hikes right along with us. :)
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Reply to: #917723 by FloridaFour
Jan 13, 2016 10:52am
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Yes-all of this stuff, plus, I carry HH's that I need to move along, and extra logbooks, plastic ziploc bags, and a few cammo pouches in case a box I find needs some first aid. I always try to take care of every box I find as if it were my own <3
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Reply to: #917750 by MissMoon
Jan 13, 2016 10:56am
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I assume you tell the planter you replaced their stamp? Since that affects the attributes of the stamp. It's no longer a hand carved stamp and probably no longer reflects the theme of the box if there was one. I've actually never known anyone to do this.

Nah, this isn't something I'd do. And I'd definitely never recommend that people do this!

I've found my share of crappy replacement stamps that have nothing to do with the theme, so there are obviously people who do it. I'd be very unhappy if someone stuck a stamp in one of my boxes without my permission. Okay, except for the one time that someone added a hand-carved piece of cheese stamp to a box with a rat stamp. I still don't know who did it, but I thought that was really funny and left it in there! :^)
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Reply to: #917755 by Gypsy Fiddler
Jan 13, 2016 11:00am
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zinni you should add glucose tabs
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Reply to: #917749 by Captain Obvious!
Jan 13, 2016 11:02am
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B e c a u s e s m i l e y - f a c e ...okay, you've got the picture!! ;^)
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Reply to: #917756 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 11:05am
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bahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I missed the sarcasm Captain Obvious so obviously pointed out!! I didn't even feel the breeze as it sailed over my head.

bahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I wondered........I was like.....nahhhhhh......no way.....bahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

But the whole thing about using something to hold the place of the box while stamping in still totally escapes me.
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Reply to: #917738 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 11:13am
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It's something you put in place of the actual box while you're logging in in case a boxer comes up right behind you.

I just gotta open this can of worms and ask............Could you explain this? Cuz in all the years I've been boxing I have never heard of such a thing or seen anyone do this. Like Ever. Why do you do this?
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Reply to: #917738 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 11:18am
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Do you mean that you have a stand-in that you temporarily put in place of the letterbox while you whisk away that box you found to do your stamping and logging? Like a seat holder of sorts or a ball marker on a golf green? Interesting if that is the case. We've missed boxes that were out being stamped into in the past.
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Reply to: #917761 by MissMoon
Jan 13, 2016 11:21am
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I missed the sarcasm Captain Obvious so obviously pointed out!! I didn't even feel the breeze as it sailed over my head.

LOL!! I obviously need to practice my sarcasm skills!! I thought they were pretty well-honed. ;^)

But the whole thing about using something to hold the place of the box while stamping in still totally escapes me.

Agreed! I hope someone can explain! I've run into plenty of letterboxers on the trails without ever having a problem. Maybe if someone was doing a tor?
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Reply to: #917765 by dingus dufus
Jan 13, 2016 11:23am
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We've missed boxes that were out being stamped into in the past.

Really? Maybe at an event? I'm trying to think if this ever happened when we were boxing in Andover but can't recall.
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Reply to: #917765 by dingus dufus
Jan 13, 2016 11:27am
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Even if that were the case, (Which sounds like it is) I wouldn't want to have any stamp put in its place just so I can say that I found it- I'd rather come back another day.
Would it technically count as "found" if you found the box but the stamp that was meant to be there wasn't?
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Reply to: #917768 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 11:28am
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This has happened in the busier locations where a stamping boxer would try to hide from the general public. Several times in ME around the Portland area for us. But a little token that said "this box is currently being stamp in and will be back shortly" could make a neat personal traveler to come across
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Reply to: #917769 by StampingIsMyForte
Jan 13, 2016 11:32am
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Would it technically count as "found" if you found the box but the stamp that was meant to be there wasn't?

If there's no stamp in the box, I don't count it as a find.

I will count mostly crumbled stamps (*#^$ MasterCarve!) as well as stamps completely enclosed in a block of ice, however.