While riding Amtrak back from New York, I read an article in the train's Arrive magazine. It talked about the farm-to-table movement.What is it? In essence, it's about sourcing ingredients locally. It's fresh, often organic, and seasonal.These dinners are the types of auction donations that sell well at galas. Listen to this podcast for four ways to create and sell farm-to-table items at your next gala auction.Listen to the podcast below.
Without a doubt, my pet peeve during this recession has been when the Executive Director, Auction Chair, or some other person of importance gets up to the microphone to say a few words at the benefit auction (e.g. thank sponsors and guests, etc.) and then — immediately before I walk onstage — pleads with the audience to “bid high, even though the economy is really bad right now.”ARRRRGH! What are they doing?!Here's what they SHOULD be talking about, if they hope to raise a lot of money in their
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
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.