[VIDEO] 5 popular items for charity auction gift bags

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If you've got a hankering to hand out gifts to your guests, you might be stumped on what to give.  Sometimes a sponsor dictates what will be given, but other times the ball is in your court. I prefer gifts which are unique and mission-specific in some way.  And for sponsor-dictated gifts, I'd hope that the item is useful or memorable; ideally something that drives business to the sponsor.I can't say that all the items in today's video fit that criteria, but these are popular items. It's the five most common gifts I see offered to guests attending a charity auction.   For more ideas, here's a list of previous blog posts on this « Continue Reading »

An alternative to the silent auction

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Last week I received an email. A benefit auction volunteer was reaching out.  Her charity-of-choice raises money for schools in overseas countries.  They have a smaller auction (~120-150 guests) managed in a walk-around food station-styled event.She wrote:We have begun discussions about next spring fundraiser.  We have found that the silent auction route has not given us much in return for all the work it takes.  We want to keep the live auction, but are looking for an alternative to the silent auction. Do you have any trainings dealing with that?You might be in a similar situation, so I thought I'd blog my answer, allowing you « Continue Reading »

Bad handwriting on the silent auction bid sheet? Here’s how to read it.

Stickers aren't just for kids.

If you've been struggling to read your bidders' handwriting as you look at each silent auction bid sheet, today's video tip will solve your pain. This is an option for you if you're running a silent auction using a single bid sheet.If you're running a traditional manual checkout process that relies on NCR / triplicate bid sheets, this isn't practical.  Nor is it relevant if you're using mobile bidding. That's one of the trickier aspects of giving advice on the auction checkout process.  Checkout has a lot of variables.If you're only having a live auction, you'll run checkout slightly different than a group that is running a « Continue Reading »

Silent auction jewelry display ideas to add to your supply kit

These were on sale at Michaels in March 2015.

If you usually sell jewelry in your silent auction, keep an eye out for sales on jewelry props like this.

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An ice-cold venue and Olympic entertainment was a fitting tribute to an honoree


I had a memorable auction last week in upstate New York. I want to tell you about it and share a couple of observations. But first, let me share a story from my early days in USA’s capital. Nearly 15 years ago my parents were visiting me in Washington, D.C. In preparation of their visit,« Continue Reading »

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25+ non-traditional venues for smaller auctions in the DMV

If you’re an auction planner in the DMV with a smaller-sized event (300 or fewer guests), check out this list of venues for smaller auctions like yours.

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[VIDEO] Where to start your opening bids in the live auction

Research shows that LOWER starting bids generate HIGHER sale prices. But in addition to that study, here are two other reasons to downplay opening bids.

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