Silent auction jewelry display ideas to add to your supply kit

These were on sale at Michaels in March 2015.

I've written before about creatively displaying jewelry in your silent auction displays.  That post showed some unusual ways to showcase your jewels.  This suggestion is more straightforward.Use jewelry props!Stands ... props ... whatever you want to call them.When you find jewelry props on sale, it's not a bad idea to invest in more than one.  These will become part of your permanent supply kit.Consider this story.Shortly after I graduated from college, I flew to visit a friend.  When I cut my finger and needed a bandage, she pulled out her first aid kit.  It was filled with all sizes of bandages, tape, salves, ointments, « Continue Reading »

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, I'd purchased tickets for us to watch a performance at the Kennedy Center.Just a week before they arrived, I also won a prize from a radio station. It included tickets to an afternoon performance at a community theater production.Both performances were on the same Saturday.  As the show ended in Arlington, I was scooting them out the door to « Continue Reading »

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

Got a smaller benefit auction in the Washington, D.C. metro area?I've got a number of clients who have 150 - 300 guests.  They are often seeking out interesting, non-traditional venues for smaller auctions here in the DMV. Below is a list of some spots I've seen work or have known my clients to be reviewing.  Each will present unique challenges and benefits.=====================Washington, D.C. venuesWashington Nationals Stadium (Two venues: Diamond Club or Presidents Club)National Press ClubColumbus Club located inside Union StationThe Carnegie Institution for Science (between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle)Carnegie Library at « Continue Reading »

[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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VIDEO: Your Fund a Need auction advocate


Are you running a Fund a Need auction event, and skipping a live and silent auction? Here’s what you need to know about just offering a Fund a Need.

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Three ways a Los Angeles auction incorporated high end wines

Each bottle was available for purchase, to be opened and consumed at the gala with the meal.  Prices ranged from $30 to $200 per bottle.

High end wines were featured in multiple ways at this Southern California nonprofit gala auction.

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Where does a wine auctioneer learn about champagne?

Wine auctioneer Sherry Truhlar with champagne guru Peter Liem

There are many ways to become an expert. On Monday, I headed to a Champagne Master Workshop to improve my wine auctioneer skill set.

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