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3 Common Questions About Silent Auctions

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

A silent auction can be a wonderful way to raise money for a good cause or to simply auction your items off in a fun way. If you’ve never heard of a silent auction or would like to learn more about what they are, then this article is for you!

What is it?

A silent auction can be conducted for many different reasons. It is an auction where there isn’t necessarily an “auctioneer” present, but there is still a way for attendees to bid on items. During a silent auction, the attendees will normally walk around the venue to check out what items are up for auction. Once they have decided what they would like to bid on, they find the sheet of paper that goes along with the item. Then, they will sign their name and write their bid down. Once you bid on an item, you can go back to keep bidding if someone has outbid you. These types of auctions are timed, so once the time runs out you are no longer able to bid. 

How do you run one?

To run a silent auction, you need to make sure that you will have enough vendors ahead of time. It’s important that you find vendors that will donate items that get people excited for the auction. Once you know that you have reliable vendors, you will need to have a venue for the auction, some can also be held online. 

How do you make it successful?

Making a silent auction successful may sound like a lot of work. We won’t lie to you, it may get tedious at times, but the results will definitely pay off in the end. To start, you need to make sure that you are marketing the event as much as you can. This could include social media posts, billboards, flyers, pamphlets, or anything else that will catch people’s eyes. It’s also important that you will have interesting items to bid on; things that are in high demand. Getting people excited to attend will be the most important part of making it successful. You can’t have an auction without attendees, right? Once you have all of these aspects, your event is sure to be a hit. 

Wanting to attend an auction?

High Plains Auctioneers has some of the most exciting events that include sought-after items that you can’t find anywhere else. Be sure to check out our upcoming auctions or give us a call at 806.244.6776 to find out more.