Annual Conference – MAA Benefit Auction 2024

Friday, February 2, 2024 * 6:30PM
Mt Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites
2424 South Mission, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48858

This is our Annual Benefit Auction to Help Raise funds for the MAA for the year!  Please Contact the MAA to Donate Items!

Items already donated:  

  • Advertising Certificates to The Auction Exchange & Collectors News, Farm World, & AntiqueWeek! Donated by MidCountry Media
  • Lloyd Braun Memorial Whitetail Deer Hunt, Ann Arbor, MI, Donated by Joyce & Brian Braun
  • Day of Auction Labor, Donated by John Beechy, Midwest Auctioneer Champion 2023
  • Custom Decanter & MAA Logo Rocks Glasses, Donated by Tim Tobey
  • Big Gavel Handcrafted by Amish, Donated by Bob Howe
  • DeWalt Fan, Donated by Tim Tobey
  • MAA Commemorative Pen Set, Donated by Jim Amonette
  • Many Gift Certificates Newspaper & Magazine Advertising!
  • 100 Pc Metric Tool Set, Donated by Sid Michael
  • 26×16 Signed Print. “Unsung Heroes”, Joan C. Mangold, Donated by Miller’s Trading Co.
  • Cherry Republic Gift Box Donated by Bancroft Auction Service:
    • Cherry Nut Mix – 8 oz. bag
    • Montmorency Dried Cherries – 8 oz. bag
    • Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries – 8 oz. bag
    • Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries – 8 oz. bag
    • Cherry Jam – 9 oz. jar
    • Cherry Berry Jam – 9 oz. jar
    • Cherry Pecan Butter – 9 oz. jar
    • Original Cherry Salsa – 7.5 oz. jar
    • Cherry Summer Sausage – 10 oz. package

Now Accepting:

Hunting & Fishing Packages * Dining &/or Theater Packages
Your Unique Creations * Electronics * Sound Systems * Golf Outings * Sporting Goods * Newspaper Ads * and Other Great Items & Adventures.
*Even if you can’t attend, you can STILL DONATE!
Let us know and we’ll arrange to have it picked up!


It’s Auction Time!

Friendly reminder to begin thinking about those great items you will bring/donate to our fun auction being held at the annual conference in Mt. Pleasant. You may sell your item or choose somebody to sell it for you. This is a great way to give new auctioneers a chance to get on the microphone.

Items from the past included handmade wooden/metal products, collectibles & coins, tools, sporting event tickets, personal experience packages, auctioneer for a day/professional services, meat/cheese/wine baskets, advertising, pottery, items of popular brands including Yeti & Blackstone plus much more. Highlighting this year’s auction once again is an archery hunt from the Braun family where the big deer live.

Invite your family, friends and auction attendees to this great auction. Celebrate with them the auction industry and a chance to take home some great gifts.

Auctions Work,
Tim Tobey
Merritt Auctions
616-754-9437 *

Local Advertising Certificate Donations are a WIN – WIN!

We are asking all members to contact their local newspapers that they regularly use to donate advertising certificates. This is win-win for the Auctioneer donor and the MAA. You will be buying these ad spaces anyway, might as well buy the donated ad at the Benefit Auction and have the money go to the association. You can bring hundreds of dollars to the association with a simple phone call or email and it won’t cost you a thing!

Please find below a sample email. Visit or email for the text to simply copy and paste.

Dear marketing contact that I have sent 100’s of ads to:

I am writing to you today asking you for your help with our Benefit Auction at the Michigan Auctioneers Association Annual Conference this January in Mt. Pleasant, MI. A Gift Certificate towards advertising in your great paper would be much appreciated. All donations will be sold at Live Auction to our membership of professional marketers at our conference. If this is possible, please email your certificate or an email stating your donation soon as possible.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you soon.

See Conference Information for Competition Requirements.

More info at

Download the donation form HERE.