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March 2011 | Issue No. 27

Note from Kathy

Holy Smokes!

Crocus in Snow

First Day of Spring
Photo courtesy of Kate Kelly

Crocuses are up, it's the first day of spring, they're brimming with snow!

$22,000 for a BBQ auction item?

Wait-it gets better! Our auctioneer extraordinaire, June DeLair doubled it: that's $44,000! Find out more top auction item strategies in my article and please join me for a Sizzling Bonus Tele-Seminar on "HOT Advanced Item Procurement Tips".

I'm thrilled to launch my NEW Mentor Program. Last week I was honored to be certified by Dr. Alan Weiss in his Master Mentor™ program. Many of you have asked for ways to work more in-depth with me. This unique Mentor Program is customized for you and offers you personal and unlimited access to me so I can share my expertise and you can significantly accelerate your success. If you'd like to explore my Mentor Program click here.

Always BIDhi!

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PS: What's the #1 Question everyone asks me? To find out JOIN ME FOR A SPECIAL TELE-SEMINAR! New Special price!

"Smokin' Hot Advanced Procurement Strategies:
How to Solicit Premium Auction Items that Sizzle"

Thursday, March 31st - 1pm ET / 10 PT
Kathy's Spring Special: only $24.97 with coupon code 'TS-SPECIAL' (save $20).

PPS: Learn how you can rapidly and substantially contribute to your personal and professional growth. Discover more about Kathy's NEW Mentor Program

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Feature Article

5 Tips for Understanding What Auction Items Sell Best

BBQ

Sizzling' BBQ auction item breaks record at $22,000 - TWICE! at Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue Benefit Auction in Connecticut.

Want smoking hot auction items?

To know what makes your bidders hungry and wanting more, it's important to understand what people want. How do you do that?

Ask! You get the best information from people who have donated and what people have bought in past auctions. Before your next auction, take some time to speak to your donors. You'll be amazed at what you learn.

What's always a best selling auction item? Unique group dining experiences are always sizzling revenue producers and here is an amazing thing. At one of our recent benefit auctions, a BBQ event sold for $22,000--TWICE!

Interested in more ways to get bid cards waving with happy bidders?

Learn more about the "5 Tips for Understanding what Auction Items will Sell" on my blog...click here to read more.

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Maximize Your Fundraising!

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

“The Fundraising Auction Academy”

What's the #1 Question everyone asks me? Find out on my:

SPECIAL TELE-SEMINAR!

"Smokin' Hot Advanced Procurement Strategies:
How to Solicit Premium Auction Items that Sizzle"

Thursday, March 31st - 1pm ET / 10 PT
Kathy's Spring Special: only $24.97 with coupon code 'TS-SPECIAL' (save $20).

NEW MENTOR PROGRAM

Learn how you can rapidly and substantially contribute to your personal and professional growth. Discover more about Kathy's NEW Mentor Program

 

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Testimonials

"Kathy - just a word of thanks for yesterday's webinar - I came away with 4-5 specific ideas and already 'sold' the Instant Wine Cellar to our Board and to two other organizations for spring events. Soooooo simple and yet soooooooooo effective and LUCRATIVE!"

- Kevin T. Cook, Director of Development, Andrus Children's Center, Yonkers NY (Note: please check with your state liquor authority.)

Click here for more testimonials on my site...

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The BIDhi! Newsletter is written by Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS: http://www.KingstonAuction.com. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to: kathy@kingstonauction.com

© 2008-2011 Kathleen A. Kingston. All Rights Reserved.

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Who We Are

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We are award-winning auctioneers, providing cutting-edge consulting and innovative training for both non-profits and auctioneers. A national leader in fundraising auctions, Kingston Auction Company has raised millions of dollars for non-profit organizations throughout New England and across the country for over 24 years. The company founder and president is Kathy Kingston, CAI, BAS. Come to us to make your next benefit fundraising auction a record-breaker.

Our affiliations include...

NAA Auctioneer National Auctioneers Association promotes professionalism of auctioneers and auctions through education and technology.


CAI AuctioneerCertified Auctioneers Institute is the most prestigious designation awarded in the industry - only three percent of auctioneers nationwide hold the CAI designation.

BAS Benefit Auctioneer SpecialistBenefit Auctioneer Specialist designation provides auctioneers with unique skills and strategies to conduct, plan and market fundraising auctions.

©2011 Kathy Kingston. All Rights Reserved