This year marks the third annual Record Exchange Munny silent auction. No, we didn't misspell a word nor is Record Exchange auctioning off cash. Munnys are DIY vinyl toys from Kidrobot, a company specializing in unique, interesting and highly collectible vinyl. The Record Exchange donates the unadorned little blank white humanoids to a passel of talented local artists to decorate the clever creations and then the RX auctions them off. The proceeds of this year's auction, which opens at 6 p.m. on First Thursday and ends at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21, go to the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.
Twenty-seven artists participated this year, among them returning contributors Chris and Peggy Parker, Will Spearman, Grant Olsen, Eric Bunnell, Ian Bunnell, Sean Wyett, Mike Flinn, Erik Payne, E.J. Pettinger, Perry Allen, Linda Capps, Toby Robin, Renda Palmer, Noble Hardesty, Shelley McCarl, Karena and Ben Youtz and Doug Martsch, Eli Pisano, Lisa Pisano, Karen Bubb and Ben Wilson. New contributors include Michael Cordell, Ali Ward, Bill Carman, Megan McJunkin, Erin Cunningham, Julia Green and Jerms Lanningham.
Record Exchange co-owner Jil Sevy said the submissions this year are incredible and she's especially enjoyed some of the first-timers' work, including the one from Bill Carman and Michael Cordell's plexiglass-enclosed Disco Death Warrior.
Amy Herzfeld, executive director of IHREC will be on hand at Record Exchange during the auction unveiling. And, for every bid you place, your name will be put in a drawing to receive a Kidrobot gift basket. One bid, one opportunity; 20 bids, 20 opportunities.
Monday, Dec. 8, is Record Exchange's annual Bonus Club party, an opportunity for club members to save big bucks on their purchases and place a bid or two (and a reminder to join the Bonus Club if you haven't already). On Sunday, Dec. 7, the Record Exchange stays open until 9 p.m. for IHREC members to peruse the auction and get a jump on holiday shopping (the general public can probably sneak in, too) while enjoying live music by Hillfolk Noir.