Last time I counted, there are 157 factors you need to meet in order to make sure your silent auction will rock. Covering all of those could make for a hideously Silent Auction long weblog publish, so I’m going to speak approximately a trifling 3 factors.

I’m calling it “the good, the terrible, and the ugly.”

The Good

One of the smaller auctions I work has approximately two hundred visitors. Year after year this group has continually controlled to make their silent public sale adorable. How do they do it? One point they do incredibly nicely is to offer fetching shows with clean signage.

Imagine, 12 wines, none of which might be overly luxurious. Tagged as “Screw Top Elegance,” the a laugh box flirts with bidders. But the nonprofit doesn’t rely upon that alone. They offer certainly displayed signage list the wines to make it oh-so-easy for guests to understand the bundle.

The Bad

Two years in the past I worked a silent public sale in a 5-famous person property. Many factors of the nighttime stung my coronary heart. The committee became quick on volunteers so notwithstanding securing a few fine donations, many items in no way reached their sale potential.

Case in point: Lovely candlesticks with the bid sheet in front of them. Stop before you bid. Read that bid sheet and you’ll learn that dance instructions – not candlesticks – are on the market. The candlesticks were part of the inn’s decor and befell to reside on that desk.

Deceiving presentations confuse guests.

Even if you get excessive bids, you chance headaches at check-out whilst a visitor says, “I didn’t bid on dance training. I bid on candlesticks.”

The Ugly

How many gadgets can you match on an eight′ desk?

More than I ever dreamed! Yikes! I have visible a few too many gadgets for a silent auction table.

Crowding and doubling up items on a desk isn’t a good manner to present your packages. Sometimes our auctions are restrained with the aid of the amount of area we’ve. Either we need to ante up and lease a larger venue, or diminish the public sale. When offered with an overcrowded silent public sale table, guests can end up beaten. Some won’t stop to take a look at any of the items… Others may stand in a single spot for all time, stopping others from viewing.

Space it out to spiff it up. You’ll have a stronger bottom line overall performance.

Benefit auctioneer Sherry Truhlar’s memories and advice has been published in guides (e.G. Town & Country, The Washington Post Magazine, AUCTIONEER, The Eleusis, The Virginia Auctioneer) and heard on tv (e.G. E! Style, TLC) in which she conjures up and teaches volunteers how to hit new fundraising facts of their auction galas. Enjoy her FREE Auction Item Guide(list the one hundred best-promoting objects to sell