Instead of cluttering up your silent auction tables with gift certificates and service donations, create a "Gift Certificate Wall." Tape columns of 8.5" x 4" item descriptions on a wall.
The top portion of a bid sheet generated wth Pearl Bids Silent Auction Manager makes this easy. Many bidders can easily see what is available, and the display stays neat and orderly throughout the evening, so no one misses that perfect item.
While you might want to use the whole bid sheet for the display. We have found that it also works great to have a binder with the bid sheets on a table next to the wall, making it easier for people to write down their bids.