Deck the halls: Auction’s unique festive flair

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  • Christmas wreath auction (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Christmas wreath auction (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Christmas wreath auction (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Christmas wreath auction (Photo by Akil Simmons)

  • Christmas wreath auction (Photo by Akil Simmons)

    Christmas wreath auction (Photo by Akil Simmons)

A Christmas wreath doesn’t have to be made with evergreens to be festive.

At least not according to the Bermuda Society of Interior Designers.

They have arranged a special show and silent auction of Christmas wreaths made of everything from coat hangers and old plastic bottles to wood shavings and old socks. The show is a fundraiser for the Eliza Doolittle Society Bermuda and the Bermuda Society of Arts scholarship.

Said BSID president Darcy Robertson: “We have always had fundraisers for the BSID scholarship for interior design students. Over the last couple of years we have been talking about having another fundraiser for the community in the fall or closer to the holidays. We came up the wreath idea.”

Members took part, but also people in related industries and friends and family.

“I did one that used plastic water bottles to make five poinsettias on an old bicycle rim,” said Mr Robertson. “I painted the plastic bottles red.”

BSID member Jill Henneberger made hers using plaid fabric, seashells and old drapery rings. Hers is a coastal theme. She also helped her son, Magnus, to create one out of wine corks.

“There is no duplication and no-one did a traditional evergreen wreath,” said Mrs Henneberger. “They are all art pieces. Some of them are timeless and could be used throughout the year. For me, I had lots of ideas and it was kind of hard pinning one down. Myself and Darcy tried to repurpose some items for the wreaths. It was just a matter of how I was going to pull it together. I probably spent more time thinking about it, then actually constructing mine.”

The auction will run from now until November 27 when the highest bid for each wreath will be announced. Starting bids are $50.

“If you bought some of these wreaths in a store, they might retail for $200 or $300. They are all one-of-a-kind,” said Mr Robertson. “We have had about ten bids so far, and we are hoping for more.”

Mrs Henneberger said she hoped the exhibition would get everyone into the Christmas spirit. The bidding is timed so that the winners can take their wreath home and have lots of time to display it before Christmas.

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Published Nov 15, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm)

Deck the halls: Auction’s unique festive flair

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