I've previously written about silent auction displays and mentioned that keeping it vertical is the key to a good display. But if you don't like the look of acrylic stands, or have more time than money (acrylic stands can be pricey), here are some other vertical options. Option 1: Oversized Vertical Silent Auction Displays The following displays were made out of a posterboard-type material. In speaking with the staff, I learned that the hospital foundation auction team (3
Unique school auction items that are properly marketed can sell big -- like this potato cannon which commanded $1000 ... twice! It sold well not only because the item was clever, but because the school did an exceptional job of promoting the item. To learn more about how the school marketed the cannon, listen to this week's podcast. As a side, discover 100 other top-selling items (like this potato cannon) by getting my free Auction Item Guide. It's the best items I sold in gala auctions
The right unique school auction items will sell for high dollar in your gala. And a potato cannon, made by the school's beloved maintenance department, in an all-boys Catholic school ... is a perfect example of that. The cannon sold for $1000 at the school auction... twice. (Once the Auction Chair saw how well it was selling, she confirmed the maintenance team would be willing to build another one. The school doubled its revenue on that item.) Not only is this a fun idea, but what helped
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