Here's a bold statement: Avoid selling traditional art in your live auction, unless you're running an art-only auction. Traditional art pieces -- items like sculptures, paintings, drawings, and mixed media which are produced by a professional artist who makes his or her living from selling artwork - are risky auction items for the standard, non-art benefit auction. It's just too subjective. What I like, you don't. What fits my home décor, doesn't match yours. Art has limited appeal, but we
Last October I wrote about how dining at the Chef's Table can be a popular auction item to sell (and a relatively easy item to procure). If you're already asking for a donation, why not see if the chef has a table in the kitchen and ask if that could be the special table for your winning bidders? Earlier this month on Twitter, I caught a link to the Chicago Business Journal. Shia Kapos wrote on this very subject. "Chef dinners on the charity auction block: a behind-the-scenes look" visits with
With the winter solstice this week and snow in the forecast, we're in the heart of winter. If it feels like a sleigh ride might be on your "to do" activity list this season, don't forget to ask for a donation! Here are a some pointers around procuring a sleigh ride for your silent auction. Always ask. Spring and summer auction teams might not yet have the "procurement mindset" and may fail to remember to ask for a donation, even as they enjoy the sleigh ride with their own family. Don't be
If you're like many who sit on an auction procurement committee, you likely want at least one item from a celebrity. But you may have no "connections." How can you improve the odds of getting a donation? If you're not afraid to reach out and spend some time on the computer, your physical location could turn a cold lead into a warmer one. Sometimes knowing about a possible donation is simply about being in the right place at the right time. Here's an example. I love the band Pink Martini and
It's not uncommon to have a photography donation in your silent auction. Oftentimes it's a sitting and an 8" X 10" print. Despite nice displays showcasing the photographer's work, these items are rarely commanding their value.In this podcast, learn about a new silent auction item that could replace this generous (but a little tired) donation. I generated the concept after reading a photographer's blog post.Listen to the podcast below.