Fundraising: 5 Simple Silent Auction Ideas

August 14, 2012 by


Silent Auction

Silent Auction

Conducting a silent auction is a great way to raise money fast. But for some, the idea of gathering items to sell can be downright overwhelming.

So how can you streamline your procurement process and get your auction up and running, fast?

Here are five ideas to help fill your auction tables with items sure to please.   

#1 Food And Drink Items

Gifts of food and wine will not only appeal to your donor’s hearts but their stomachs as well. Fine bottles of wines paired with chocolates or cheese are always a crowd-pleaser. And consider offering cooking classes, cooking utensils or food-related gift cards to round out the theme.

#2 Crafts And Handmade Items

Offering crafts or handmade items are a low-cost and creative way to fill your auction table. Ask supporters to create crafts like blankets, jewelry, soap and cards. Or partner with another organization to create an item specially made for the event, like a cookbook or calendar.

#3 Tours

Look locally and plan outings to bakeries, breweries, or wineries.  You can also work with a prize provider like Winspire to offer luxury packages that you only pay for when they sell.

#4 Kids’ Items

Offer a family fun box, filled with a variety of board and card games, and snacks. Sets of books, toys, baskets filled with soap, lotions and gift certificate for a visit to a zoo, museum or a water park will also make great prizes.

#5 Garden Items

Consider gift certificates from a local nursery or florist. They can be for a new plant every month or discount on supplies.


A creative approach will go a long way in building your auction items. And offering unique and useful items  can open the doors to new supporters and give your donor something to talk about.

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