This week I've been in Bloomington, IN. I'm attending the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) Education Institute's program known as Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI). CAI is a three-year program, so I won't graduate until 2011. My colleagues include ~66 auctioneers of all specialties. The Education Institute describes CAI as being "designed for leaders in the industry." It's an "executive development program focused on developing skills and providing tools." Most of us just refer
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The Chair of a school auction called me a few days ago to get my opinion. Her committee is thinking of moving its fall charity auction date to a new day and season. Traditionally the fundraiser has been held in December, but they're considering an auction date in the spring so as not to compete with their Annual Fund. "What do you think?" she asked. In one respect, it doesn't matter. As long as a committee follows the principles of conducting a successful auction, the gala can
In this week's podcast, I share stores where you might be able to get those acrylic silent auction displays at a better price. I also share information about a cash-back retailer (eBates) that could offer you additional savings, especially if you plan on shopping for silent auction merchandise online. Click below to hear this week's podcast.
A client asked me for some advice on where to buy acrylic frames for the silent auction displays. In our local Washington, D.C. area, the cheapest I've seen has been at the Super Dollar store where 8.5" x 11" frames were selling for $1.25. But I also did a quick search online and was pretty pleased when I could refer her to Absolute Acrylic, which priced the frames under $3.50 each. That purchase resulted in a savings to her school of well over $100! Another tip: If you're shopping for silent
Last night I worked a charity auction for a smaller school in Maryland. While walking the silent auction area with the Chair, she pointed out an item I hadn't seen sold in prior auctions. It was a metal printer's plate from The Wall Street Journal. The plate showed the image from the newspaper's front page. (The photo attached isn't the plate I saw. I've traveled into the future and pulled this photo from a later, related post.) The Auction Chair had contacted a friend of hers who