Like an aging beauty queen lacking any other skills, my 2015 Auction Item Guide™ (“What sold for lots of green in 2015”) was desperate to hang on to her glory. But over the holidays, I ripped off her crown and showed her the door.
Meanwhile the new 2016 Auction Item Guide™ (“These stole the scene in 2016”) took over the reigning duties and made herself at home on my website.
You can now get the new Guide AND participate in a “pop-up” auction procurement training class, “How to get 2016’s top selling auction items into your 2017 auction.
What’s the Auction Item Guide™?
Each December I pour over my client’s auction results from the year, jotting down the items that sold for over their stated values. Then I reduce the list further, noting items I deemed to be more creative, unusual, or of some greater help to my auction community.
I continue to pare down the list until I have about 100 items. Those are then published in my annual Auction Item Guide™ and gifted to you, to help you with procurement ideas.
My team and I worked 60 auctions in 20 states this past year, so the list reflects an excellent cross section of the USA.
The Auction Item Guide™ is free, but this year I’m hosting a pop-up class to go in-depth on auction procurement. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the guide.
What’s the class, “How to get 2016’s top selling auction items into your 2017 auction“?
- Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
- Time: 3 PM Eastern time
- How to join: Teleconference. (Get the recording here.)
We’ll use the Guide as a textbook. I suspect you’ll be scribbling lots of notes in the margins.
- The top three sellers of 2016 across all auctions
- A new approach to selling group items to raise more money. (Four of my clients adopted this approach in 2016.)
- Insider details on the 5 best school auction items. (One of these ideas would make sense to be adopted by nonprofit auctions, too.)
- How one client attracted over a dozen companies by creatively packaging one new item. The item generated enormous community support from unlikely bedfellows. It’s a brilliant concept I’d never before sold and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of those businesses uplevel to become sponsors in 2017.
- Get the scoop on some of my favorite items and ideas on how you can procure comparable items for your auction.
- My predictions for the top sellers of 2017.
What’s a pop-up class?
- A yoga studio might offer a pop-up class when an instructor visits to teach a specialized technique not typically offered. The class is offered once.
- In Miami and Washington, D.C., I’ve seen pop-up restaurants. A chef will rent a facility for a short period of time (1-3 months) and run a small restaurant to test a new cuisine or concept
- The department store Nordstrom has pop-ups. From its website: “Pop-In@Nordstrom is an ongoing series of pop-up shops curated by Olivia Kim. Each month we present new and exclusive products, designers and ideas built on a different theme.”
Pop-ups are one-time deals. It’s a “get it while you can” offer.
As mentioned, this auction procurement training class will be offered January 18, 2017.
Join us to get a head start on your 2017 auction.