Ever worked and worked and worked to get a great beach house / ski lodge / overseas trip donated, only to have two of them show up as donations in the same year? When it rains, it pours. Or maybe you’re challenged in that two donors have similar homes, and you’re not sure if it makes sense to sell both them in the live auction. Here are some suggestions for determining which vacation home should be sold in the live auction. A home within driving distance. All other things being relatively
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
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
I've been racking up the airline miles working auctions nonstop for the last few weeks. Wisconsin, California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, DC, Maryland, Virginia, and other states have been on my itinerary ... sometimes more than once. The constant go-go-go- has been exhausting, but the advantage of all that travel are the new ideas I pick up along the way. Today's tip is a nice touch from a classy Iowa gala I worked recently. If your benefit auction includes a live auction, somebody is
What happens when someone famous -- either famous in your community or to the wider world -- makes an auction item donation that involves a tour of their home? Do you want that known to the wider world? Could it be dangerous for the donor? Here's how I answered the question.