VOLA What’s an auction clerk/recorder and what do they do?

Good to promote this during VOLA Auctioneer program.  Clerk missed the sale of an item in the live auction.She emailed me and three of her committee members."Would you happen to remember how much Cafe Oggi went for during the feeding frenzy?  It was worth $400, and no one was bidding, so you were dropping the price and then someone took it....."I remembered that it had gone for $50 less than the value.  So I said, "$350."Anne said "$280 or $260" Theresa responded, "Sounds right to me, but I thought we had the value at $300 not $400 (at least in the program)." Carolina responded, "My notes « Continue Reading »

[VIDEO] Embarrassing your auction donor with a (too) high opening bid?

I recorded this video a few minutes after getting off the phone with a potential client. She and her committee weren't fond of their previous auctioneer. "She started with a high opening bid," she said.  "Too high.  And then in order to get anyone interested in bidding she had to drop it down.  Way down.  It was so embarrassing to our donor."The subject of where to start the opening bids on your live auction items can be a divisive topic. I've observed a discrepancy between what many auctioneers think is a good idea for an opening bid and what nonprofits think is a good idea. The topic is further compounded because the scenario « Continue Reading »

[VIDEO] Four styles of bid stickers for silent auction bid sheets

A couple of months ago I posted a video tip about how you can read bad handwriting on silent auction bid sheets. Spoiler alert: It's the use of bid stickers.I explained that auction chairs shouldn't require guests to write their name, address, email, phone number, or any other information on the bid sheets.  To generate the highest bids, the only information required should only be the bid number. If the idea of only asking for a bid number troubles you (perhaps because you are concerned about the issue of legibility), then bid stickers might be a good option for you to consider.To take this tip to the next level, today I « Continue Reading »

Bruce or Caitlyn? What (if any) differences are between an auction catalog, preview catalog, ad book, addendum & program

What printed materials do you need for YOUR event? In this video, learn how my clients differentiate from among catalogs, programs, ad books, and more.

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Auction gift idea for a Brazilian themed event: Carnival mask

For a Brazilian themed benefit auction, maybe a carnival mask like this could serve as your guest gift.

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[VIDEO] 5 popular items for charity auction gift bags

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Got a budget to cover the cost of your gift bags? Or maybe a sponsor is spring for them. If so, here are five of the most common items I see handed out.

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An alternative to the silent auction

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Can you forego a silent auction? Can you raise as much money? You’ll learn some options in this post.

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