Auction item donation idea: A season of snow plowing

a truck ceaning the street while snowing

With winter storm Juno hammering the northeast right now, I'm left to wonder ... since when did we name snowstorms? We used to say, "The blizzard of 2012." Now storms are humanized for the dramatic effect, making it sound as if the storm -- er, Juno -- is personally attacking us. Good grief! On the plus side, the frightful weather has made it a perfect week to share this auction item donation idea. In 2012, one of my Wisconsin school auctions sold a season of snow plowing.  If the weather dumped over 2" of snow, you got your driveway plowed. The value was $300, and it sold in the live auction for $550, nearly a « Continue Reading »

Mobile bidding for auctions and one impact on onsite auctions

This post is written in conjunction with three other posts examining the best number of auction items for your live auction, silent auction, or online auction. How many silent auction items are best. How many live auction items are ideal. How many online auction items are good. Today's post, sharing an observation about technology. (Specifically, mobile bidding for auctions.) I've written posts about mobile bidding, but not on this topic. This post gives one example of how mobile bidding is changing our perceptions and terminology. In short, the line between the online auction and the onsite auction has « Continue Reading »

What’s the BEST number of auction items? (Live auction)

live auction display at Virginia nonprofit auction

Enjoy this series on determining the best number of auction items for your event. How many silent auction items are best. Today's post on how many live auction items are ideal. How many online auction items are good. The influence of mobile bidding on terminology. Back in 2009 I wrote a post about how many live auction items you should sell.  I'm making some updates. What's the best number of auction items for our live auction? The two biggest factors affecting your ideal number of live items are these: 1. How much time are you willing to devote to the live auction? It takes me about 3 minutes to sell « Continue Reading »

What’s the BEST number of auction items? (Online auction)

Online school auction promotion

If you’re running an online auction (be it part of an onsite auction or not), what’s the best number of items? Here’s information to illuminate.

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What’s the BEST number of auction items? (Silent auction)

Silent auction at a public school foundation fundraiser in Virginia, Red Apple Auctions

The best number of auction items will vary according to the type of auction you have. Here’s a 3-part series covering the basics.

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What to do if you’re not getting Red Apple Auctions emails

If you’re having problems accessing my website at your place of work, here’s how to fix the problem.

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Do you have to collect sales tax on auction items?

Catalog verbiage for collecting sales tax at Maryland benefit auction

Whether guests will be paying sales tax on auction items depends on your city and state. Here’s how a group in Maryland handles its 6% tax.

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