Everyone loves to be first! Give each table at your event the chance to donate and win the opportunity to receive their dessert first.

Reward your bidders whose silent auction bid is at market value or above. These special "Gold Star" bidders deserve a special treat.

A new way to pass out bid numbers... When attendees arrive, hand out wristbands with their bid number on it. The bid number is handy throughout the evening and as the attendees circulate and bid on items it is super easy for them to double check their bid numbers before writing them down. Having seen way too many people record the wrong bid numbers on bid sheets, I think this is a fantastic idea.

Our customer went one step further; their event was PROM Night themed, so the bid numbers were handmade for each woman attendee as a wrist corsage! What a great way to make this a night to remember and to put your guests in a good mood! I bet their silent auction was a huge success.

The silent auction is done, all payments have been collected, but you have a handful of items that just did not sell. What do you do?

Driver for a Day! Follow the "Uber" example; include one or two private drivers for a day as a silent auction item.