silent auction is a way for people to win
an item by writing down how much they would
pay for it. The one who offers to pay the
most wins the item.
silent auction lets everybody get involved
in making your Carnival for MDA a success.
Family, friends, neighbors and local businesses
can donate items for the auction. Look at
the list of prizes
to get some ideas for silent auction items.
adults to donate services (like yard work
or a home-cooked meal) or use of an item (like
a night at a cabin or a boat ride). Ask businesses
to donate some of their merchandise (like
a free meal, candle or T-shirt). Some people
may donate gift baskets of items, like fancy
bath products or a collection of teas and
how it works:
your silent auction items on a table where
everyone can see them. Put up a sign telling
what time the auction will be closed and
the winners announced.
front of each item, put a sheet of paper
that has the name of the item at the top,
numbers down the side, and the headings:
Name, Phone Number and Bid. Put out pens
or pencils by each sheet of paper, so that
people can write down their bids (how much
they will pay).
people write down their bids, they can check
back occasionally to see if someone made
a higher bid. They then can write an even
higher bid if they want.
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Towards the end of the carnival, make announcements
letting people know closing time is near,
so they can put in their final bids.
Once the auction is closed, call the highest
bidders to let them know they won and collect
You may want to put a minimum starting bid
on some items.