When planning your charity gala’s live and silent auctions, have you ever had an item or two that seemed a little high priced for the silent auction tables but did not quite have the appeal for your live auction? Or perhaps you already have too many items in the live auction, but there are some other special items you want to call attention to. It can be confusing trying to figure out how to best utilize these items, and the super silent auction may be the best answer to this dilemma.
What is a Super Silent Auction?
A super silent auction is a subset of your normal silent auction and includes higher priced and/or special items that did not make it into the live auction. These "super" items are usually showcased separately on tables made more visible with extra lighting or signage to call attention and maximize bidding.
The ideal size of a super silent auction is between 1-3 items. Limiting it to three helps maintain the exclusivity your offering and makes it much easier to hype the items before and during the event.
Some examples of super silent auction items include:
- Gas grill or Big Green Egg®
- Consignment travel packages or a weekend trip
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- Home entertainment system or smart TV
- Fine jewelry
It's entirely up to you what you want to include. Just make sure there is a special appeal to the item(s) you select. There is nothing "super" about a gift basket.
How do I set up my Super Silent Auction?
Your super silent auction table needs to be an obvious feature at your event. This will make it easier to generate additional buzz about the items that is separate from your live and silent auctions.