If your silent auction items are similar to many galas, at least one of the items donated will be from a photographer. It's often a free sitting with one 8"X10" print. Although the item is usually displayed nicely and the photographer often has a lovely image of their work available to view, it rarely sells for top dollar. I've been seeking a way to improve this donation and recently read something that offers a fresh twist on this traditional (but tired) silent auction item. Christopher
These garage doors are impressive. Someone sent the link to me a couple of weeks ago. I'd recommend putting something like this into an online auction or use it as a silent auction item. Honestly, I'm not sure how likely you are to get a donation -- it's a German-based company. If you're a German international school or have a fluent German speaker amidst your ranks, you might have better luck! The garage photo covers are less than $300 and they have many styles. (Check out their website.
Here's one of the most common questions you'll hear from auction guests: "How will I know if I won anything in the silent auction? If I didn't win anything, I don't want to stand in the check-out line." How can you easily let bidders know they won? Relaying winning bidder information should become part of your silent auction checkout process. One option is to invest hundreds to thousands of dollars into technology so you can text or otherwise alert your winners, but that's a big
One of the most popular types of benefit auction items I sell are those having to do with the entertainment industry, such as “behind the scenes” activities for television shows. When a show donates a "behind-the-scenes experience," it usually means that the winning bidder will get to watch a show being taped and perhaps a tour of the facility. For someone who hasn’t worked in the television industry, a taping can be exciting to watch. Here are some tips on securing these sought-after
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.