Sherry Truhlar

Fundraising auctioneer Sherry Truhlar has been featured in national publications and television shows for her trend-setting work with nonprofit auctions. This list of 25 items was culled from Sherry's robust annual Auction Item Guide TM. The Guide lists the top 100 items that sold for over value in auction galas the previous year. It's one of many free resources helping charity auction committees produce spectacular events. Claim your FREE Auction Item Guide at

Q4 Silent Auction Tips

One of the best silent auction tips is to talk up your auction items to your guests. Every guest is a prospective bidder and during Q4 every guest will be buying holiday gifts.Charity auctioneer Sherry Truhlar provides several tips on how to boost your silent auction results by leveraging the gift-giving needs of your guests. […]

Starting Bid vs Minimum Bid

Sometimes people get confused about two important auction terms, the starting bid versus the minimum bid. Auction terminology can be confusing, even for those who regularly help out with charity auctions, live auctions, silent auctions, etc.And who better to explain the difference than one of the top charity auctioneers in the country, Sherry Truhlar of […]

Charity Auctioneer Tips

Charity Auctioneer Tips – Using a professional auctioneer will do wonders for your charity auction, but how do you go about selecting the right one? Obviously, you want the one who’s going to do the best job of raising funds for your nonprofit organization, but what questions do you ask?Charity auctioneer Sherry Truhlar from Red […]

Raffle Ticket Sales Ideas

Looking for some innovative raffle ticket sales ideas? Everyone knows the hardest thing about running a fundraising raffle is selling enough tickets to make it worthwhile.If you want to sell all your raffle tickets, then you have to look beyond family, friends, and supporters as sellers. Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions offers some unique […]

Promote Your Auction Fundraiser On Facebook

Facebook posts are a great way to promote your auction fundraiser online. Whether it’s a school auction fundraiser or a charity gala, Facebook is effective for building excitement and generating bidding interest both before and during your fundraiser. You can also use these auction promotion tips on other social media sites like Google Plus, Twitter and […]

Q4 Silent Auction Items Ideas

It’s a fact that some silent auction items sell better than others. And in Q4, these types of silent auction items will be your bestsellers or at least attract the most bids.Basically, the best silent auction item ideas for Q4 are all about enjoying the holidays. I’m talking about holiday related items like decorations, fabulous […]

Fundraising Auction Tips: Meet, Greet & Thank

One of the best fundraising auction tips is to warmly meet and greet each guest and afterward, thank them for attending and for their support. The whole idea is to make each guest feel welcome and appreciated. And nothing says we appreciate your support better than a personal thank you within 24 hours of your […]

Charity Auction Services

If you are considering using a charity auction service, here are a list of things to consider when selecting an auction services company. The key thing is what they are going to do to help you raise more money at your event because the bottom line is what it’s all about.A charity auction service should […]

Auction Donation Ideas

Getting enough auction items donated to sell at your charity event is a tough task. Sometimes, the best ideas for auction donations come from thinking outside the box about new or unusual sources.Here are some auction donation ideas you may not have thought of, courtesy of Sherry Truhlar of Red Apple Auctions. Sherry is an […]

Silent Auction Jewelry Display Ideas

One of the most important silent auction ideas is to display your items properly so they’ll attract top bids. The more expensive the auction item, the greater the need for an eye-catching and attractive display. So what are some good display ideas for jewelry items at your silent auction?Fundraising consultant and professional auctioneer Sherry Truhlar […]

Best Silent Auction Items

It’s obvious that the best silent auction items are those that attract multiple bids and sell for more than fair market value. So which items sell best at silent auctions?Fundraising auction consultant and auctioneer Sherry Truhlar from Red Apple Auctions explains which item categories always sell well and what to avoid selling. Read more of […]

10 School Auction Themes

Here are ten ideas for school auction themes that are easy to do and won’t break the budget. At any fundraising event, you want a theme that’s fun and readily encourages attendees to get in the spirit of the event. If everyone’s having fun, then they are much more likely to get involved in bidding […]

25 Live Charity Auction Ideas

Here are 25 great live auction ideas for your next charity event that have raised more than their stated value. These live auction items sparked bidding wars because they were so desirable and were among the top performing ideas from all the items offered at 50 charity auctions.These ideas for live auction items can be […]