frequently asked questions
Q. WHY HIRE AN AUCTIONEER?
A. Dollars!! A professional auctioneer that specializes in fundraising charity auctions will definitely bring in more dollars, sometimes increasing your bottom line 200–300 percent. When hiring an auctioneer, think of them as an investment not an expense. There is a difference between auctioneers, so research what different auctioneers offer.
Sayre & Jones Auctioneers offers free consultations
Q. WHY IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN PRICING WHEN HIRING AN AUCTIONEER?
A. Like every profession, there is a difference with whom you hire. Make sure your auctioneer has a valid license. The law requires your auction to be conducted by a licensed auctioneer.
Every auctioneer that works for us has a valid license.
Also consider the services an auctioneer can offer your organization—the availability they provide toward your event and its planning, how easy they are to work with and how successful they are the night of the fundraiser.
The most expensive doesn't always mean they're worth it, yet less expensive could cost your organization even more. So do your research, and feel free to contact us with questions.
Q. WHAT SHOULD THE AUCTIONEER BE INVOLVED WITH?
A. Depending on the organization and their wants and needs, the auction company should be able to assist in all aspects of your event.
Sayre & Jones Auctioneers is a full-service auction company and we are able to partner with you from beginning to end.
Q. DOES THE AUCTIONEER HELP WITH ANY OF THE PLANNING AND TIMELINE OF THE EVENT?
A. A full-service auction company will help with all your planning and timeline for the day of the event. This will ensure that everything runs smoothly throughout.
Q. WHEN SHOULD AN ORGANIZATION START THE PLANNING PROCESS?
A. Although 6 months to a year prior to the event is ideal, great events can be planned on shorter notice.
Q. IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO GET AUCTION ITEMS ON CONSIGNMENT?
A. Not usually, but sometimes they can be useful and are necessary. Attendees typically come to an auction with a dollar amount they would like to donate. When an item they buy is on consignment, they think they've donated a certain amount to the organization, when in reality those dollars may have been donated elsewhere.
Q. SHOULD WE HAVE A SILENT AUCTION AS WELL AS A LIVE AUCTION?
A. YES! The two together will always bring your organization more dollars. Many people that attend don't always have the ability to buy higher end items. This gives everyone in attendance a chance to donate.