by Kathryn Schwartz
Some fortunate people will have a space affiliated with their organization that they can use for an auction (such as a school, church or community center). Or maybe a Board member with a home or business space big enough to accommodate the event. But for most auction organizers, finding an ideal – or even adequate – location will take some time and effort.
If you are planning to have the auction in a space connected to your organization, consider the space using the same critical eye you would if you were renting. A free venue is nice – but if it isn’t big enough, or the layout doesn’t work, it might not be your best choice.
Where to Start?
Your first steps should be to:
- Identify potential locations
- Consider date possibilities (the more flexible and the further in advance you do this step, the more venue choices you will have)
- Estimate how much room you’ll need
You can get preliminary answers to these questions without even leaving the house – once you’ve done so, then it will be time to make some phone calls and site visits. Let’s get started: