Wine is one of the most popular items to sell at fundraising benefit auction events. Remember to check your state laws regarding selling wine at fundraisers as some states have laws prohibiting it and others have none at all (another great reason to have a professional benefit auctioneer handle your auction).
There are many ways to sell wine at your fundraising auction event. Here are a few:
1. Wall of Wine. Visit this link by Debby Roth-Bush of Greater Giving for great Wall of Wine ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/debbyroth/wine-pull-wall-of-wine/
2. Wine in your live auction. There are several ways to auction off wine in your live auction. You can sell premier wines by the bottle, you can sell wine tasting trips, or you can sell wine by the case. All of these methods tend to do extremely well at fundraising auctions.
3. Wine in your silent auction. Similar to a live auction you can sell wine in just about any way imaginable. We have seen a lot of success by selling fine wines by the bottle in the silent auction and then delivering them to the winning bidders’ tables at dinner (check the venue for corking fees).
4. Wine as a raffle item. Bottles of wine, wine tastings and cases of wine can be raffled off at your fundraising event as well (once again check with your state laws on wine sales and raffle rules).
All and all, wine is an excellent choice for fundraising events and tends to do extremely well at auctions benefiting your great cause.
Contact Elite Auctions and Fundraising Services today to find out how to incorporate wine into your benefit auction event.
Written by Mike Grigg, AARE, BAS of Elite Auctions and Fundraising Services