About half the auctions I work have a theme. Auction themes are most often used by school fundraisers, though just last weekend I worked a wine auction for the Amarillo Symphony which adopted a classy 1920's theme. (See my selfie on the right.) Some auction chairs hate themes. I can appreciate their opinion. They don't want to worry about finding the "right" outfit. They want to feel comfortable. They don't want to look silly. But today I want to share a story I heard from an Auction Chair
With winter storm Juno hammering the Northeast right now, I'm left to wonder ... since when did we name snowstorms? We used to say, "The blizzard of 2012." Now storms are humanized for the dramatic effect, making it sound as if the storm -- er, Juno -- is personally attacking us. Good grief! On the plus side, the frightful weather has made it a perfect week to share this auction item donation idea. In 2012, one of my Wisconsin school auctions sold a season of snow plowing. If the weather
Enjoy this series on determining the best number of auction items for your event. This post, on how many silent auction items are best. How many live auction items are ideal. How many online auction items are good. The influence of mobile bidding on terminology. On February 7, my company is working multiple school auctions. That means that last week I was visiting with several of them about which items should be live auction and which should be silent. Here are some tips for
I've got a complementary training coming up that EVERYONE involved in your auction should attend. It's about learning how to ask. Imagine being so confident with the idea of asking for donations that your team was EAGER to pick up the phone, pound the pavement, or chat up strangers at a dinner party. Can you envision how would your auction change? You'd get a lot more quality donations, bigger cash gifts, and nicer sponsorships. That's exciting! Auctions begin with a confident ask.
Did you like LEGO®s as a child? If you did, you might think it should be included among those great silent auction items to offer. Wellll, I'm not so sure about that. They are popular right now, but I'm not sure about selling them in your auction. It depends on the form they take. I think selling it 'in the raw' is best, versus gettin' all fancy schmancy with it. Watch the video below to see what I'm talking about. Got any ideas on where to find those custom kits? If so, please post the