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Any fun suggestions / idea on what to donate to a silent auction (we are having a silent auction at my next class reunion to raise funds). Trying to thing of something nice (yet not spend too much $$ on whatever I end up donating!)

Tue. Aug 21, 12:28pm

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If you have a vacation home in a nice place that is a great way to raise tons of money...just offer it for the silent auction for a weekend of use. My church used to raise a fortune that way. Also services can fetch a good amount. For example, if you bake a fabulous cake, you can auction it out as "cake baking services" for a given Halloween or Thnaksgiving. SOmeone else I know did a MeyersBriggs analysis session for auction. Fun, creative stuff you can do online or in person given the population. Good luck with your fund raiser!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 1:13 PM

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I would take something from around the house that I did not want anymore! You know, it can be nice but you just don't want it.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 8:19 AM

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You might want to find out if someone has a special skill within your group. For instance, there might be someone who does massages or even someone who has a company that they go to all the time, would that company be willing to put up some time for free becuase that customer is so loyal.

Hobbies are a great way to start - I sometimes donate my quilts to special events and they end up making some $$. I also had a friend whose hobby is trains and he donated a very nice set once for a charity auction. If someone does scrapebooking - can they make an album that someone would only have to stick the pictures in? If you have someone who does daycare, can they offer a babysitting service for say 3-4 hours (with advance notice) - you can sell it by telling the person it can drum up business for them. There's also knitting which I understand is very popular now - can they donate a blanket or sweater? Good luck!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 8:30 AM

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I used to work for a non-profit and we would have a silent auction once a year. Depending on how open you are, go into various businesses and ask for donations. (Remember that these places can write their donations off for tax purposes - most are willing to give) We would get free movie passes, gift cards for restaurants, etc. We would group items together, and for example, create a dinner and movie "basket". I went to a local golf course and asked for a donation for a round of golf for four and they were more than willing to provide that - it brought in good money! I also asked friends who are doing home businesses, such as Mary Kay, Avon, Pampered Chef, etc. if they would like to donate items for a basket. I reminded them that it would be a great way to get their name out to new people (they would slip a few cards and maybe a brochure into the basket of items). Most got repeat customers. Hope this helps a little. oh, and I also had a co-worked who played guitar and he volunteered his time (10 guitar lessons).

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 11:55 AM

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I have a sister who's an art student who paints big oil paintings for silent charity auctions. It's a great way for her to get her name out, and people will spend a lot of money for original art!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:01 PM

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This blog

gives out tips for silent auctions.


Friday, January 30, 2009, 1:22 PM

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I found tips for charity auctions



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