So here is what we did. The busy table at the auction was the 2 for $1 table of patterns. Several people cleared out their stash of finished patterns ( and some unfinished, we all can change our minds) and rather than bid on every one or create groupings that might only have one wanted pattern, we let everyone just pick and choose. It was a great success.
We also had lots of stash of various sorts - materials, threads, kits, stands, frames, and more.
Any items that weren't auctioned off were given to various charities. And everyone was happy with their new stash.
The salad and dessert pot-luck was great. We had an incredible assortment of foods and everyone enjoyed the meal.