Getting Auction Donations: A List of Resources
Jan 08, 2012
It's THE perennial topic - getting items for your silent auction. People who have done it a few times have a list, a letter that works, and a general confidence that they'll be able to get it done. But for people who have never done it before, it's nerve-wracking.
We have some excellent FREE resources here on the website - please check those out in our Resources section. But here are a few more resources you should know about:
- Sherry Truhlar, of Red Apple Auctions, publishes a list each year of what sold the best at benefit auctions around the country the year before. You can get a copy of that at her Auction Item Ideas website.
- Silent Partners is a company that has a turnkey solution for soliciting donations for benefit auctions.
- Winspire is a consignment company that can provide travel packages for your live auction. Their free newsletter is definitely worth subscribing to. When you're ready to get a bid from them, contact Chris Jennings.
- The PTO Today website has an Auctions Group that is free to join and a pretty great source of information from fellow auction chairs.
If you want to suggest other resources that your fellow auction chairs should know about, please use the comments box below.
Roger Devine is an experienced auction chair, a former PTA President, and one of the founders of SchoolAuction.net.