Silent Auction - I Hate To Ask!!!.....

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bunkiesbakery Posted 17 Jul 2013 , 6:50pm
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I seriously hate to ask this as I have searched this forum and read some really good topics and threads about Silent Auctions and how to go about it.  I have decided to do the dozen cupcakes as well as a gift certificate.


My question is this:  This benefit's other auction items are SUPER expensive!  This is for a local firefighter so the items are mainly geared towards men.  The one thing I did see geared towards women was a box of botox which is valued at $500.  The men's stuff is similiarly priced as well as vacation getaways....everything seems to be above the $300 mark.


I was thinking of doing a GC for $150.  Does this sound right to you guys? Or should I go up? I wish I had a dummy cake to showcase but I don't.  I think I have time to do one before Saturday but I would have to research that as I don't have a clue what goes into to making one (materials, etc.)


I do mostly buttercream, I do not cover my cakes in fondant and I use from scratch recipes.  I am doing cakes decorated with gum paste decos...I mostly specialize in floral, birds, wedding type, bridal shower, baby shower etc.  I don't do cartoon characters, I'm just not that artistic. 


Thanks in advance for your ideas and advice!


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Smckinney07 Posted 17 Jul 2013 , 10:48pm
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ADo you have a website where they can see your work? If so you dont have to worry about making a cake dummy just add your website and info. I donate gift certificates to events all the time, people are going to bid on things since its for a good cause. Are there other gift cards being donated? Perhaps you can add a smaller gift card to another item or gift card bundle.

Don't feel pressure to donate a large item simply because everyone else is. You could make some fondant tools or firefighter items (a hose, fireman hat, ladder, flames, etc.) for your cupcakes so you can display your work. If you want to make a larger contribution you can donate several smaller gift cards so you'll still get some money back from your orders. If you do give a gift card I would put an expiration date on it and if you end up doing the large $150 gc I'd stipulate 150 off an order of 300, or something like that.

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pascutler Posted 17 Jul 2013 , 11:21pm
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AI have worked on school and museum silent auctions, and I would not worry one minute that your starting price is lower than everything else. That is good actually, a successful fundraiser would want a variety of price points, not everyone can afford to drop $500 or more, even if it is for a great cause. Some photos of your work and a GC clearly explaining what you are offering (no fondant, deliveries, etc) is all you need. sounds like a great auction item to me!

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jason_kraft Posted 17 Jul 2013 , 11:27pm
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ADon't forget to include a disclaimer on the GC indicating that it is subject to your availability, as well as an expiration date.

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bunkiesbakery Posted 18 Jul 2013 , 12:36am
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Awesome!!! Thank you everybody! I will be sure to include all of that...will keep you updated on what happens!

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yortma Posted 18 Jul 2013 , 2:06am
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I have done several silent Auction cakes, and it has gone very well.  The item up for auction being a custom cake.   An album with some of my cake photos is displayed.  Also displayed is a printed sheet with the details.  It states the maximum number of servings, the maximum number of tiers, expiration date, disclaimer that not all dates may be available, and also the maximum distance that I will deliver.  I also establish the starting bid with the organizers so that it will be worth the effort.  (The value of the cake can be taken as a donation on your taxes so get a receipt).  Several times the cake was never even claimed.  I enjoy doing it because it is for a good cause, and I may get to do a cake design that my own circle of family and friends would not request (I am a hobby baker).  

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bunkiesbakery Posted 18 Jul 2013 , 1:24pm
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I was thinking about a distance for delivery as well since I'm still kind of weary of complete strangers coming to my house! LOL...I mean if the hubby is here than its no problem.  I just didn't want someone who lives 100 miles away wanting delivery! 

And I totally forgot about the starting bid!


Thanks for all of this great advice!

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